Thanks Apollo and TMann.
I like seeing lots-o-pix in reviews also, that's why I do it and I love to do it....it's somewhat challenging which makes it fun. Thanks.
As for size comparison the Midi and M605 are pretty much similar in size and weight with the Midi just being a touch longer with the rounded ends at the body and cap.
I know this will make some people mad but the Visconti doesn't have that plastic feel I associate now with the Pelikan because I realize how well built and how much thought goes into the Van Gogh pen. When it comes down to it the Pelikan is more money by far and no better build quality at all.
Thanks some day soon I hope to have a Crystal also!!!!
First off I will say this is an outstanding pen! I hope some people get to experience the smoothness of these pens. I write that because there are a lot of people like me who want the most for our money when you get at or above the $200 price point. A co-worker of mine stated after she tried it out, " I never knew a fountain pen could feel smoother than a rollerball! "
I have the biggest pet peeve in the world and that is, a F.P. that doesn't start, even if it's a small skip right from the beginning. I gave it the two day, vertical, nib pointed upward test and it started right from the first instance of a touch to the paper! Always nice thick wet lines!!!! I have read that some make this a complaint but I think this pen is absolutely perfect in laying out a line for a medium nib.
I am a big fan of Pelikan pens, both my wife and I own a few, but after buying this pen and using it daily for over two weeks I don't see paying the xtra $100+ for the plastic feel of a Pelikan 800 series pen. I only write this because that was my next pen.
The material and workmanship of these Van Gogh's is outstanding, especially when you enter the street price at around $225 for the Maxi. I bought this pen on a whim and kick myself for not getting one sooner. I will no doubt be buying a Crystal Maxi <F> this summer at the DC Pen Show. It's going to be a long time till I buy another Pelikan.
I also discovered and learned from dealers about the innovation that Visconti uses in producing pens. This Italian company including Omas uses the latest technology in pen production. For one, Visconti produces their own feeds and prides it's self on that. They have a tighter quality control and are also ISO 9001 registered in their production and management of their pen factory. They know that the feed is a live or die of a pen performing and they do not outsource the production of it. Visconti's users manual also backs this info up. The manual also states the use of ebonite was ditched in 1994 because of the advancements in plastics; this also is their claim on why their pens are more stable with air travel. The Nibs, are not mentioned in the manual as "in house" so I am sure they are from one of two companys in Germany just like Pelikan and Bexley nibs are made by Bock. I am also sure Visconti has their own specs on the outsourced production of the nib. (On the net some say Bock nibs but I have no hard evidence of this. Also, if true, are Bock nibs just on one line of Visconti's fountain pens or all of them.) Mated with Visconti's own feed I believe the two working together is what makes these pens really smooth and very high performing.
Only one bad thing: The more I use a C/C pen the more I want a piston filler. More ink, more ink, more ink. I seriously see an Aurora 88 Large or Stipula Suprema in the near future for heavy note or letter writing on the job. I am a CAD/Draftsman.
I am by far not one to be typing a review of any means but take my somewhat biased review of this pen with a grain of salt like most reviews should be taken.
It's all about judging for yourself what you like or don't like. Never buy to impress others! I hope my review helps you in your decision making.
If you are looking for a nice Italian fountain pen in the sub $250 category this pen is definitely worth a look.
Edited by MYU, 26 June 2009 - 17:04.