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Visconti Black Divina Review


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#1 Opus104

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 21:06

This is the medium sized Divina, the smaller cousin of the full sized Black Divina. Both are the understated and elegant offspring of the Limited Edition Divine Proportions pen.

Bryant of Pentime.net and active Fountain Pen Network pen pusher gave me an excellent opportunity to get this pen. It is the most expensive pen I have, but came to me at a sizable and much appreciated discount.

Appearance

This pen oozes class with its black Lucite and inlaid silver design. The silver inlays make up the spiral based upon the divine proportion (yes, you can have your Pi and eat it too). The medium size makes this comfortable for any hand and for any pocket. The presentation is in the standard Visconti faux alligator box in black. Nothing special, but the box goes into the basement right away anyway. With the silver, this is a heavier pen that is perfectly balanced. In fact, the spirals in the body seems to let the pen rest comfortably at any writing angle.

The cap does post easily and with enough gap to protect the finish. You can even keep the spirals aligned on the posted cap. However, I do not post my pens, so the cap remains on the desk. This cap features a spring-loaded cam mechanism, always insuring that the silver spirals remained aligned.





Filling System

This is a unique captive converter system. The silver plunger at the end of the pen pulls out to reveal the piston knob. At that point, the filling process operates like any piston filler. The benefit of this mechanism is that the piston in no way interrupts the inlaid silver accents and the "divine" spiral remains flawless. The only issues would be the lack of visibility of the ink supply and the relative small ink capacity compared to, say, a Pelikan piston.

Nib

The Divina Series comes with the choice of fine, medium or broad nibs. Initially I ordered the pen with a fine nib that I felt dried out too readily. Then I decided this pen needed some special treatment befitting its looks. I exchanged the nib for a broad. The exchange process was quick and painless, and Visconti USA was a pleasure to work with. Now I had a bundle of smooth tipping material to work with. It was off to Greg Minuskin to work some nib magic. The result is a bold and beautiful 0.97mm stub nib. This is a pleasure for letter and note writing.

The nib closeups are courtesy of Mr. Minuskin!









Overall Impressions

This is a great pen. The medium size is perfect for the pocket. The silver design is elegant. It does spend most of its life on display at the desk, loaded for personal notes and bold signatures.



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#2 yachtsilverswan

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 21:17

Great Pen Opus. And great photos.

Thanks for including your handwriting sample. That broad stub shows the most line width variation of any stub I have ever seen. Must be more than a 4:1 ratio. Very nice.
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Posted 10 April 2009 - 21:28

Very nice review.

I have one of the Divinas in the Desert Springs celluloid that I got from Bryant.
The black finish in the medium size was a close runner up, however. Even though it is the least expensive, I feel it is the best looking of the three finishes. The the black with the silver is a great looking combination.

You have me lusting after this one now.


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Posted 10 April 2009 - 23:11

Thank you for the review.
I own the DP (Divine Proportionas) and its my favorite pen. I got it with a F nib and its among my favorite nibs to date.
I love the weight and balance of it and think ht e Black model you own is stunning.
My only complaint is that as much as I love its filler (power filler on mine) it still doesnt hold as much ink as it could for such a huge pen.

I think we all should thank Bryant for making these pens posible for us with his amazing prices.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 01:03

Wow, what an amazing looking pen. Thank you for the review.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 02:01

Were you trying to make us all pass out and flop to the floor with that AWESOME last photo shot of the stub?? Thank God I sit in a sturdy chair! biggrin.gif

Edited by PenTieRun, 11 April 2009 - 02:01.


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Posted 11 April 2009 - 02:31

Great pen, very nice review, thanks for sharing this.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 06:28

Great review Jack, thank you. How is the Visconti nib compared to your Omas pens?

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 12:45

Why didn't you try the factory stub?

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 14:28

QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Apr 11 2009, 07:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why didn't you try the factory stub?


I would have loved to, however when I talked to Visconti on the phone, they indicated that only the F, M, or B were available to me on the Divina. I had even offered to pay a differential. Apparently our selection is limited in both the full and medium sized rhodium Divina nibs.

That being said. This is my second nib from Greg, and his work is excellent and worth the price.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 14:32

QUOTE (Joehek @ Apr 11 2009, 01:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great review Jack, thank you. How is the Visconti nib compared to your Omas pens?



They are absolutely comparable in terms of smoothness. Both firm, but with a bit of spring. Every Omas I have used has had better flow than the Visconti. To my taste, this midsized Visconti nib is a bit more attractive in its design and wider shoulders - but writing is far more important to me than looks.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 19:40

QUOTE (Opus104 @ Apr 11 2009, 10:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Apr 11 2009, 07:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why didn't you try the factory stub?


I would have loved to, however when I talked to Visconti on the phone, they indicated that only the F, M, or B were available to me on the Divina. I had even offered to pay a differential. Apparently our selection is limited in both the full and medium sized rhodium Divina nibs.

That being said. This is my second nib from Greg, and his work is excellent and worth the price.

Ouch! Good to know. I've gotten so hooked on the 18k stubs that it feels odd to pick up a round tipped B again. mellow.gif

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:49

This pen is absolutely stunning...does anyone know its average price? I'm in the market for my first pen.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 10:30

Nice pen. I like it a lot. Thanks for the review.

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 05:33

I have one coming from Bryant! Couldn't be more excited!

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 17:31

Do the silver inlays actually line up when it is capped and posted? It would drive me nuts if it didn't.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:25

The silver inlays line up perfectly, both capped and posted. The shape of the body is not round, but a pentagon. So you have only five positions when putting on the cap. All well adjusted to the five inlays.

I own a Black Oversize, but it's the same system.

And I understand what you mean. It would drive me crazy too. :)

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Do the silver inlays actually line up when it is capped and posted? It would drive me nuts if it didn't.



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Posted 15 December 2009 - 22:28

As to the 925 silver inlays, has anyone ever tried using silver polish on them to make them shiny? I have done so on a Conklin's silver, but am afraid to get the polish on the Lucite. Just wondering, or should I get a polishing cloth?

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nice review
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Posted 15 July 2014 - 20:02

Excellent review, defo got to order one over the summer. 


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