The pen came in a beautiful dark brown leather box (quite a big box), with an off white leather lining inside. The box has a tab on the left side where you pull to open a drawer with a small booklet inside (company profile and pen serial number).
Appearance and design:
I got the blue resin with all chrome appointments. The pen measures about 5 3/8" capped (6 1/2" posted on the barrel), not a very small pen (medium size). Although not see thru, it’s very pretty with a dark marble effect. The arched clip (not exactly like the Van Gogh, but the typical Visconti clip, I guess) has the name “Visconti” written on the side.
Cap jewel has two V’s inverted with the name Visconti in the middle. There's also a metal jewel on the end of the barrel.
The cap band is stunning. About 3/8”, has the model name Rembrandt engraved along with an ornamental motif (don’t know if it’s Rembrandt’s, it is hard to tell, for me anyways).
The section is chrome, measuring approx. 7/16” in diameter (in the middle). It’s quite comfortable for a metal section. This one surprised me, cos’ I hate this metal shiny sections, but this is an exception. It has a metal thread fitting in the barrel complementing the metal threads on the section. I see this as a good design so the metal on the section doesn't wear the resin in the barrel.
This pen is very comfortable to write with, whether cap posted on the barrel or not. it's well balanced. It posts securely in the back of the barrel by pushing and twist (a small degree) at the same time (i do this to all pens, anyways).
Highlights of the pen:
I love this one: The cap has a magnet that closes the pen automatically. Yes, it pulls the section in as your closing which helps secure the posting of the cap, thus avoiding an accident of dropping the cap (sometimes happening with pens that caps either snap or twist to close). Too bad i didn't take a picture of the cap picking up a paper clip!!!!!
Cartridge!!!!! This didn’t come with a converter. I think Waterman convs. fit these puppies, so I already fitted one I had laying around (generic). Nothing more to tell about that.
Nib's look and performance:
Stainless Steel firm (no spring). I chose a fine nib. Beautifully engraved with what appears to be a flower of some sort. It looks more like a painting from Van Gogh than Rembrandt!!! Never the less is very nicely done. It also reads: Visconti Firenze “F”. The breather hole is an upside down "new moon".
Very smooth nib for being fine!! (more like a fine-medium) Well, it’s smooth enough, yet, it lets you feel the paper so you have control when writing. I’m not sure if it’s the ink I was using (PR DCSB), but I would say it’s wet enough for my liking.
Cost!!!I paid $117 USD at swisherpens.com . That’s was a super great deal considering how beautiful this pen is and how great it performs. I’ve seen these go for $145 at other sites (no affiliation with Swisher).
Highly recommended for any one who’s looking to buy a GREAT pen that won’t break your bank account.
Hope you enjoy this small review. And please, feel free to add any comments.
PS. Sorry for my terrible photo taking abbilities!!!!
if you'd like to see a better pic, here it is (taken from Colorado Pen Direct):
Edited by lovemy51, 01 December 2009 - 11:37.