First Impressions: 10/10
Although I do not have a picture of it, the pen was very nicely and securely placed in a cut-out slot in a white satin material in a large
burl wood box. First impressions are very important to me, and when it comes to pens, the way the pen does this is how it is boxed. I really
enjoyed pulling this box out of the standard white USPS box that came in the mail. Being a machinist and a wood worker myself, seeing this
box really impressed me, especially at the price I paid for the pen.
This is a very elegantly designed pen! It is slightly larger than the Wall Street Limited Edition, but it is significantly heavier.
It is a really comfortable pen to hold in my hand, and I have not had any problems with holding it for long periods of time, but it
will really have a challenge starting Monday when classes start at college. My one complaint about this is the balance of the pen.
It is very insignificant, but worth mentioning that the pen is very slightly top heavy. I do not post my pens, but it feels as if
this one is posted, but without the extra length of the cap. Again it's not much and it's not uncomfortable, but Visconti could
have designed it a little better. One area they did very well, however, was the Acryloid itself. I thought the leaf designs would
have been somehow just printed or silk-screened onto the surface. Nope. It is blue and green coloured plastic actually set inside
the material! It produces a remarkable 3D effect, as the way you hold it affects how you see it. For example, one way I have seen,
a piece of material appears flattened out and squarish. If I turn the pen ninety degrees, it ceases to be a square and becomes a dark
This is one of the best nibs I have ever used! I purchased this with a fine palladium DreamTouch nib. It really writes like a dream!
I put my finger on the pen's underside about half way up the barrel, and just drug it across the paper. It didn't even skip once.
I did adjust it to be a little bit wetter than it came to me. It wrote pretty dry out of the box, but I took care of that very quickly.
The ink in the writing sample is Private Reserve Sherwood Green. The actual content comes from "A Case of Identity" by Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle. It is one of the Sherlock Holmes short stories found in Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Filling System: 10/10
This is the main reason I bought this pen. I am going to college to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and this is
probably the most complicated filling system produced today. The only one that may have this one beat for all time is the Sheaffer
Snorkel. Visconti really did a great job making this into a demonstrator pen that was VERY polished on the inside and outside to
show of their achievement. I didn't take points off for this because it is an unavoidable side effect of the purpose of the filling
mechanism, and that is the plunger only draws in half the barrels worth of ink. It's just because the piston doesn't extend into the
primary reservoir closest to the nib. That said, it still takes in more ink than almost all of my pens. I do realise, though, I can
fill it completely with my Travelling Ink Pot, but it's a lot of trouble for me to go to if I'm not actually away from an ink bottle.
It's Bryant. What more do you need? Great prices, great attitude, great service! I started talking with him about purchasing this pen
from him while he was at the Washington D.C. SuperShow. Despite being busy all day, he still managed to return all of my emails in a
timely manner, and without showing any impatience or fatigue from the show. Due to me moving, I didn't have my new address until after
I had purchased the pen from him. He was very gracious and patient with me, and allowed me to buy the pen and to have him hold it until
I had the new address. When he received the address, he put it in the mail the next day, which was a Tuesday, and the pen arrived on
Thursday. Even after waiting to have it shipped, and then actual shipping, it still managed to beat other pens I have ordered in the
past! I will definitely be buying more from him in the near future!
I love this pen. It is the best pen I have owned to date, bar none. I am glad I start classes soon so I can fully take advantage of
and enjoy my new pen!
I will be ordering only Visconti products for the foreseeable future. My next purchase will occur around Christmas hopefully, and will
be an Opera Master inkwell, and then early next summer, the Homo Sapiens pen. If I'm feeling lucky, I will get it with a 1.3 mm stub nib!
All from Bryant.
Edited by PenEngineer, 21 August 2011 - 05:52.