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#1 Jonst

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 20:30

This will be a shamelessly shallow and superficial review because I bought this pen for my wifeís birthday, which is later this year, and so I havenít actually dipped, inked or used the pen! However, the saving grace of this review is that there are plenty of photos and this is a photogenic pen!

1. First Impressions

Umm, shiny!

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2. Appearance and design

I think that the original Skeleton in titanium is a classic design because itís clean and modern and interesting . From a pen userís point of view the Skeleton has the advantage of being a demonstrator (so you can see the volume of ink) but the overlay helps to mask the sight of ink getting into ďunusualĒ places (which is my experience of pure demonstrators). Given the original design was fantastic, I think that itís great that Bry has teamed up again with Visconti to produce 4 new variants on the design. This one in rhodium plated sterling silver but also vermeil, carbon fibre and Alutec (essentially woven aluminium fibre). My wife prefers heavier pens, so the choice of the sterling silver model was fairly easy, although I think she might also like the Alutec version (or at least I do!). Rockspyder, if you are reading this, perhaps I could prevail upon you to post a picture of all 4 models?

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3. Weight and dimensions

By most standards itís a large pen Ė 14cm capped and about 60 grams in weight but itís about 1 cm shorter than a Carbon Dream and 0.5 cm shorter than a Black Ripple. The Carbon Dream is 53 grams and the Ripple is 67 grams. They are all about the same girth.

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4. Nib and performance

This pen has an extra-fine palladium nib but since I havenít used it I will have to comment by proxy! My Black Ripple has the same extra-fine nib and itís great. Itís a bit moist (which can be an issue on the rubbish copier paper I have to use at work) but itís smooth and starts every time. There is no flex in it (at least not at the level of pressure that I am willing to exert on it!). The only difference with the nib on the Skeleton is that it is monotone, which works nicely with the silver colour of the rest of the pen.

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5. Filling system

This pen (like the Carbon Dream and Black Ripple) has the double reservoir power filler. I initially thought that this filling mechanism was a bit of a pain but I have gotten used to it now and the volume of ink that these pens hold is very impressive. For her work, my wife attends long meetings involving lots of note taking. I think that the combination of a large volume of ink and the extra-fine nib mean that she is unlikely to run out during a meeting, which is the case with her current pens.
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6. Cost and value

Expensive ($1200) but that is to be expected given that there is a small run of only 22 of these pens. The pen feels very well made and worth the money. I understand that there were some issues with the original Skeletons but these seem to have been resolved as the filling system has been developed over the intervening years.

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7. Conclusion

Itís a beautiful, expensive, relatively large and heavy, well made pen with a large ink capacity. I have shown it to my wife and she loves it. I am now in her good books, what more could I want (except a Skeleton for myself)!

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Best wishes

Jon

PS. My thanks to Bry for having the idea of a silver version of the Skeleton and for having the contacts to be able to bring it to fruition and to Rockspyder for sharing his insight on the Skeleton.

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#2 raging.dragon

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 20:37

[...] what more could I want (except a Skeleton for myself)! [...]


Maybe your wife will get you one for birthday too?

#3 Jonst

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 13:40

[...] what more could I want (except a Skeleton for myself)! [...]


Maybe your wife will get you one for birthday too?


I live in hope but that hope is really futile since my wife thinks I already have enough pens. From a rational point of view I can't really argue with her!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 22:03

Lovely! I saw them at the LA Pen Show. I guess the rose gold is more popular, but I liked the silver the best. I'm still thinking about getting one.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 13:50

Lovely! I saw them at the LA Pen Show. I guess the rose gold is more popular, but I liked the silver the best. I'm still thinking about getting one.


Thanks ink mixer.

The vermeil model looks very nice but a bit to much "bling" for my wife to use in the office and at meetings. Most non-pen people will assume the silver model is steel or aluminium, to the extent that they notice the pen at all!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 19:41

Beautiful pen.

My birthday is in June. :)
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#7 Jonst

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 14:07

Beautiful pen.

My birthday is in June. :)


Thanks Pentulant.

If you send me your credit card details and your date of birth I will ensure that you get a suitable present on the big day!!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 21:48

Very beautiful pen. Out of the three models you have showed I actually only like this one.
It is as if the nib is one with the pen, instead of a part, the design has a very natural flow. All the best to your wife.
(Is this, btw, the palladium Dreamtouch nib? I own a Opera with the Dreamtouchnib, bicolored...)

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:47

Very beautiful pen. Out of the three models you have showed I actually only like this one.
It is as if the nib is one with the pen, instead of a part, the design has a very natural flow. All the best to your wife.
(Is this, btw, the palladium Dreamtouch nib? I own a Opera with the Dreamtouchnib, bicolored...)


Thanks bdk.

Yes, it is the palladium Dreamtouch nib but it has no gold plating.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 17:53

Wow! stunning pen. Have the Skeleton titanium, but this is going on my wants list!

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 18:01

I have the silver skeleton and love it. Bryant is a great pen seller.

The pen is a daily work horse and is working out great.

enjoy!

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:13

I covet the Alutec version. Just a bit hefty considering my experiences with other (cheaper) Viscontis and their reliability...
Too many pens; too little writing.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 13:54

Thanks Spatr26. I am envious of your original titanium version.

Thanks Classics. I am glad to hear that the pen is working out well for you. I haven't let my wife use it yet but I have let her have a play with the Black Ripple with the same, extra fine, nib and she likes that.

Mongrelnomad, sorry to hear about your issues with other Viscontis. I have been lucky and my existing two have been great and I am sure my wife won't have any problems with this one. If I'm wrong I will be in trouble, not least because I'm sure the warranty won't cover compensation for marital problems arising from a defective pen!! The Alutec looks lovely but, as you probably know, it is a bit more expensive, it's part of a larger run and it's not exclusive to Bry.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 23:23

looks very nice,i love skeleton pens,they always look so.....i don't know but i love it!
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:03

Thanks Spatr26. I am envious of your original titanium version.

Thanks Classics. I am glad to hear that the pen is working out well for you. I haven't let my wife use it yet but I have let her have a play with the Black Ripple with the same, extra fine, nib and she likes that.

Mongrelnomad, sorry to hear about your issues with other Viscontis. I have been lucky and my existing two have been great and I am sure my wife won't have any problems with this one. If I'm wrong I will be in trouble, not least because I'm sure the warranty won't cover compensation for marital problems arising from a defective pen!! The Alutec looks lovely but, as you probably know, it is a bit more expensive, it's part of a larger run and it's not exclusive to Bry.


I believe the Alutex is exclusive to Bryant.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:44

I couldn't resist, so I sent in my order last Friday. So beautiful. Got it today.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 13:47

Congratulations ink mixer. I hope you enjoy the pen.

raging.dragon, I am sure I saw a post from Bry saying that the Alutex is not exclusive to him and that is why there are 88 of them, rather than just 22 as for the other models. Of course, I can't find the post now! Certainly, if you do a Google search, you'll find a number of retailers offering the Alutex model. I assume that they are selling them in their own right and are not buying from Bry and reselling.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 19:26

I shouldn't have clicked on this thread. Now I'm trying to figure out what I can sell to get one of those pens myself...

#19 raging.dragon

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 22:06

Congratulations ink mixer. I hope you enjoy the pen.

raging.dragon, I am sure I saw a post from Bry saying that the Alutex is not exclusive to him and that is why there are 88 of them, rather than just 22 as for the other models. Of course, I can't find the post now! Certainly, if you do a Google search, you'll find a number of retailers offering the Alutex model. I assume that they are selling them in their own right and are not buying from Bry and reselling.


It seems you are correct.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 13:43

oooo shiny !
maybe bryant can set me up with one :rolleyes:
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