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Visconti Black Romanica - review


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#1 goodguy

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 00:08

Black Visconti Romanica, I had the ivory model but was forced to sell it because the white section stains way to fast for a perfectionist like me.



I told my good friend and pen pusher Bryant I would like the black model instead.



An email from him about 2 weeks ago solved this problem.
He had one with a F nib and his regular AMAZING prices.



I got the pen yesterday and since I got my last WE as well I had to wait a day because I was caught up to much with the joy of finishing my WE quest.



Visconti Romanica is one of the most beautiful pens I ever owned.
A lot of thought was put into the design of this pen.
Its a big pen made of black resin and silver sterling overlay.



The overlay is made to look like an Italian structure from the middle ages.
The effect is nothing short of exquisite.
I imagine this pen to be a fortress with silver walls surround it protecting it from barbaric invaders.
Arches and columns surrounds the pen adorning it.



The pen has Visconti's famous Double Reservoir filling mechanism.
They basicaly took there wonderful Vacume filler and complicated it for no real reason in my point of view.



You have a nice little ink view that shows you when you are running out of ink in the first chamber.
Once you run out of ink you must unscrew the top and let ink from the second chamber fill the first one.
As I said over engineer a good simple system.



Capped this is a heavy pen, get the cap off and I would rate it as a medium weight pen nicely balanced with the weight leaning more toward the back of the pen.

To me overlay pens aren't always the most comfortable pen to handle and I must admit I still didn't get used to its feel.
I feel much more comfortable with resin pens. But I think most people will not have any problem with it.



The fine nib is a superb nib, exactly the way I like it.
Its smooth, wet, responsive, good feedback with quite a bit of flexibility.



Conclusion

I am developing quit a taste for Visconti pens and with Bryant's prices and service I get to buy the ones I like.

The Romanica is a work of art, a truly beautiful pen and the quality of then pen is nothing short then amazing.

Its a fabulous writer but it will take some time to get used to.



Tzutzik's corner



After all the MB pen I've been buying lately Tzutzik is happy to own such a beautiful Italian pen. He love the nib too.




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#2 memphislawyer

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 00:13

Nice review. I do like its beauty. I would be concerned with its weight. Love the goggles

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 00:15

First, that's a lovely pen. I've always wondered how overlay pens feel when one is using them and I'd be interested in hearing more about your experience when you've had a chance to write with it for awhile.

Second, ack! Tzutzik must be the world's most easy-going cat to pose for that last picture!
I came here for the pictures and stayed for the conversation.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 00:25

I've been using mine for over a year and it lies comfortably in the hand. You KNOW an M nib has to be perfection if I don't send it in to be swapped for a B. I put up with the finer line simply because I've never felt a nib like it! If anything, the overlay keeps the pen right where it needs to be. I barely touch it with my fingers and it floats where it needs to be.

It's a BIG pen, but it's an awesome all day writer. I simply loosen the back end to give that front chamber constant feed, then tighten it back down at the end of my session. The pen holds a ton of ink. I use a Laban ink well to get Herbin ink into those huge Visconti nibs and it'll drink the thing halfway down!

#5 kushbaby

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 00:35

QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Jul 30 2009, 07:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I simply loosen the back end to give that front chamber constant feed, then tighten it back down at the end of my session.


Could you explain what you mean by this? I have a Visconti with a double reservoir filler, and I'm curious...

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 01:07

QUOTE (WendyNC @ Jul 30 2009, 08:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Second, ack! Tzutzik must be the world's most easy-going cat to pose for that last picture!

Easy ?
How ?

He tried these goggels because we went to the pool.
He asked me to take this picture for his picture album sm_cat.gif

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#7 ethernautrix

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:00

Photos of the pen totally eclipsed by Tzutzik in goggles. What a fabulous cat!

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:04

QUOTE (kushbaby @ Jul 30 2009, 08:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Jul 30 2009, 07:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I simply loosen the back end to give that front chamber constant feed, then tighten it back down at the end of my session.


Could you explain what you mean by this? I have a Visconti with a double reservoir filler, and I'm curious...

If you unscrew the back like you were going to fill it, but don't really pull back on the piston, it releases a non-stop flow of ink into the chamber closest to the nib. That way you're not stuck constantly screwing and unscrewing the back end to refill that little chamber if you're going to be writing a lot. May not look as cool as when it's screwed down, but it lets you use all the ink in the pen. thumbup.gif

#9 kushbaby

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:27

QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Jul 30 2009, 09:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (kushbaby @ Jul 30 2009, 08:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Jul 30 2009, 07:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I simply loosen the back end to give that front chamber constant feed, then tighten it back down at the end of my session.


Could you explain what you mean by this? I have a Visconti with a double reservoir filler, and I'm curious...

If you unscrew the back like you were going to fill it, but don't really pull back on the piston, it releases a non-stop flow of ink into the chamber closest to the nib. That way you're not stuck constantly screwing and unscrewing the back end to refill that little chamber if you're going to be writing a lot. May not look as cool as when it's screwed down, but it lets you use all the ink in the pen. thumbup.gif


Wicked!!!!! Thanks so much!


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Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:54

great review!! great looking pen and love the last photo!

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:33

A super pen is right, very nice! Enjoyed your comments on it. I think Tzutzik is on a pen high from the WE journey.
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Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:42

nice pen.

anyways, all the replies on this thread appears to be grouped in one box called "posts in this topic" . . . anyway to get rid of this?

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:59

QUOTE (johnnyies @ Jul 30 2009, 11:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
nice pen.

anyways, all the replies on this thread appears to be grouped in one box called "posts in this topic" . . . anyway to get rid of this?


Go to the top of goodguy's initial post and look for a box on the far right side labeled Options. Click on the Options box and select "standard" from the drop-down list.


I came here for the pictures and stayed for the conversation.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:51

Great photos -- thank you for the review!

#15 goodguy

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 11:03

QUOTE (greencobra @ Jul 30 2009, 11:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think Tzutzik is on a pen high from the WE journey.

Or maybe to much cat nip hmm1.gif
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Posted 31 July 2009 - 12:44

Catnip scented ink? Now there's something Nathan hasn't done...yet!

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 14:09

Amir, Tzutzik doesn't look very happy with those goggles on. Perhaps because they're upside down (he's such a perfectionist, you know). laugh.gif

I'm waiting for the day when you've got a shot of Tzutzik actually using a pen, or at least trying to grip it with both front paws. wink.gif

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