So here goes:
I had purchased this pen, with high hopes that this would be a well made, durable pen that would last me a while. I really hope that, since it does cost at least $400. After sitting on the fence, and finally ordering it online, I was greeted with a rather dissapointing pen. The box held my hopes up high, but upon unboxing and close inspection, my heart dropped because there were several spots where quality is seemingly lacking:
The milled section on the pen that has the cap latching mechanism is rather rough. The machining marks are all still present, and there are still bits of material that has not been completely removed. Solution: I had to pick the bits out myself, leaving a cleaner catch mechanism. I would suppose that some of the bits would also wear off with use, so I suppose that is not too worrysome.
Second, the masking for the gold plating on the palladium nib was off, resulting in misaligned gold accents.
This was unacceptable, so off my pen went on a 3 week trip to Coles of London, where they swapped my nib out for $25.
Also, the pen's name, one would think, would be displayed proudly on the pen. Mine was not however. When the nib unit was completely seated in the body, the engraved Homo Sapiens was on the opposite side compared to the top surface of the nib. You would think that a company would want to display that proudly as in all the HS stock photos online depict it as. Nope
When the pen came back from its repairs, I just found that the nib was not fully seated, and just left 1/2 a rotation unscrewed, putting the nib and pen in line with each other. What? That's not a solution. It's like trying to drive a too tall of a truck under a bridge, solving the solution by cutting the top of the truck off. That was very disappointing in how they handled it.
Also, while the Homo Sapiens on the band is engraved, it seems that Visconti decided not to do the same with its logo on the clip. It is just merely screen printed on, and inconsistently at that. The solid black print is marked by consistently varying bare spots. They look as if the printing screen was low on ink and missing "pixels". If Visconti wasn't proud of the Homo Sapiens name, they certainly aren't proud of their company name. I might just want to buff it off or use a solvent to wipe it away, if I ever decide to keep this pen just because it wasn't done in a way that I could see as being proud.
Nib: The nib is very wet. The wettest of my pens, it bleeds through my common printer paper with no problem. I thought it was because the feed was loaded, and it is, but even with fins emptied of ink, it still writes too wet. I am still contemplating having the pen sent to a nib meister to be adjusted.
Weight: This is a very heavy pen. Heavy is usually a good thing, especially when this is made of bronze and basaltic lava, but the ergonomics are off. With the pen posted, it feels too short. However, with the cap posted, the center of gravity shifts up towards the nonwriting end of the pen, just to the point where the metal band is on the plunger system. If the weight was in the same position on the opposite end, that would have been amazing. However, I am now divided between holding the pen outrageously high,(my thumb rests right at the metric center of the pen) or having the uncanny feeling that the pen is too short.
Would I buy this pen again? Probably not. Would I buy another Visconti without seeing it in person? Probably not. I've only owned Pilots and Pelikans, but I can say that these two companies can be classified by precision and exactness. Visconti's HS seems to be lacking in this, but I would really like to see this pen grow on me. Maybe I am spoiled with pens that arrive on my door step looking like they do online, as perfect as they can be, without all of these issues.
Edited by professionaldilettante, 29 April 2011 - 03:13.