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#1 Lady P

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 16:58

Hello Visconti fans, 
 
I had a quick question: are all Visconti steel nibs the same? Basically, I'm trying to figure out if there's any difference between Rembrandt and Van Gogh in terms of writing performance, or if the only differences are aesthetic. (This is pretty important since Van Gogh is nearly twice as expensive as Rembrandt!) 
 
Just to be clear, I'm referring to the Van Gogh that's currently readily available in a number of online pen stores, and is (I think!) still in production. I believe Visconti has discontinued an older version of Van Gogh. 
 
I'm asking because, let's face it, I'll probably be buying a Visconti pen some time in the not too distant future, even though I arguably have more pens than I know what to do with. :rolleyes: As evidence for my assertion that a Visconti pen purchace is imminent, I submit the fact that I spend way, way too much time looking at photos of various Visconti pens on the Internet. :blush: Ah, well. Can't deny those pens look gorgeous...  :wub:


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#2 Llewellyn

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 22:26

Well the nibs certainly look the same. But as to whether they use the same one on the production line, I'm not sure. But I have several of each and they all write well. I'd go for the Van Gogh because I prefer the styling anc colours but they are both really nice pens and I think you'd be happy whatever one you decide to get.

 

As an aside -  if you're in Australia and looking for one of the older Van Gogh's then Peters of Kensington have some at a very good price



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 22:54

Thank, Llewellyn! I agree, van Gogh looks nicer. But it's twice as expensive! But it's so much prettier...  :wub:
 
Anyway, I'm in France. If I buy a Visconti, I'll probably order from the Writing Desk (in England). Yes, there are places that offer better deals, but the Writing Desk will test a pen before mailing it, and Visconti is not exactly known for superb quality control. From reading reviews, I got the impression that Visconti pens are wonderful as long as you don't get a dud.  ;)


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:03

I only cleaning out my Rembrandt & Salvador Dali this morning and the nibs, chrome grip & feeds look identical in fact I was able to interchange them with no problems. 

 

The Dali has the same faceted body as the newer VanGoghs with different resin colours & patterns and metal work (clip & cap band).

The same can also be said for the new Michelangelos & Unita d'Italia too but with 14K gold nibs. All have magnetic caps.

 

The nibs used in these pens are smaller than those found in the VanGogh Maxi from Peters of Kensington.


Edited by Bogon07, 09 February 2014 - 08:06.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:56

Thanks a lot, Bogon07!  :happyberet:



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 19:46

Yes, I confirm that small steel nibs are always the same: for the new Van Gogh and the Rembrandt.

Same size and model, but 14 Kt gold nib (recently substituted by palladium) for the Michelangelo, the Medium size Divina Black, the Medium size Homo Sapiens Steel, and maybe a few other models.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 22:59

thanks Susanna.

 

That is interesting about the medium DivinaBlack & HS steel using the smaller nibs too .


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:50

Thanks, Susanna!  :happyberet:



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 00:11

Yes, I confirm that small steel nibs are always the same: for the new Van Gogh and the Rembrandt.


This is interesting to me, since I've found out of four Rembrandts, only two were decent starters though even they needed a little boost after sitting a few days. On the other hand, both of my Van Goghs start up instantly after several weeks of sitting. (I know, I know... how good I let those bits of loveliness sit so long?!)

While I know both have steel nibs, their performance in my house is markedly dissimilar.
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Posted 13 February 2014 - 01:59

Just to clarify, once any of the four Rembrandts get "reactivated", they are very fine, smooth writers. :)
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#11 mikehodgman

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 20:48

Does anyone know if these nibs are German made or does Vosconti make their own nibs? 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 21:00

Bock

 

They make the new tubular nibs in house, but the rest is outsourced.

 

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 21:08

That's a bummer.  It looks different though, maybe it is a fairly unique Bock?  Trying to find a way to justify buying a Van Gogh with a steel nib.  If it's a fairly normal steel nib then, man!  That is a tough sell.  It is a gorgeous pen, but is it 5 times better than a $50 pen with a nice steel nib?  Hmmmmm....



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 21:17

That's a bummer.  It looks different though, maybe it is a fairly unique Bock?  Trying to find a way to justify buying a Van Gogh with a steel nib.  If it's a fairly normal steel nib then, man!  That is a tough sell.  It is a gorgeous pen, but is it 5 times better than a $50 pen with a nice steel nib?  Hmmmmm....

What's wrong with Bock? Better a good outsourced nib than a crappy in house nib.... Not that I would want to imply Visconti in house would be crappy,  but I mean as a principle...

 

 

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 21:27

That's a bummer.  It looks different though, maybe it is a fairly unique Bock?  Trying to find a way to justify buying a Van Gogh with a steel nib.  If it's a fairly normal steel nib then, man!  That is a tough sell.  It is a gorgeous pen, but is it 5 times better than a $50 pen with a nice steel nib?  Hmmmmm....

 

I've got 5 of the current Van Gogh range and 3 Rembrandts. They all have steel nibs and there's nothing wrong with any of them. They all write beautifully.

 

Visconti's are great pens - try one



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 21:34

What's wrong with Bock? Better a good outsourced nib than a crappy in house nib.... Not that I would want to imply Visconti in house would be crappy,  but I mean as a principle...

 

 

D.ick

 

Nothing!  I was just hoping for something a little more unique.  BUT!  I actually just read another thread that helped clarify it for me.  I guess I assumed that all the manufacturers that use Bock nibs had mostly the same type of nib with just cosmetic differences.  From what I read here:

 

http://www.fountainp...ey-supply-nibs/

 

that is not true at all.  They are a unique steel nib made by Bock, but with Visconti specs.  Can anyone clarify if that is basically right???



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 21:46

YES. Bock (and JOWO etc) make generic nibs sold to people turning their own pens, but for the large companies they make nibs to exact specifications.

 

The Visconti Palladium nibs are unique to Visconti, but Bock-made. Likewise Conway Stewart is the only brand having three factory italics.... Bock-made....

 

 

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:44

YES. Bock (and JOWO etc) make generic nibs sold to people turning their own pens, but for the large companies they make nibs to exact specifications.

 

The Visconti Palladium nibs are unique to Visconti, but Bock-made. Likewise Conway Stewart is the only brand having three factory italics.... Bock-made....

 

 

D.ick

 

Thanks RMN!!  That helps clarify a lot.



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 23:55

YES. Bock (and JOWO etc) make generic nibs sold to people turning their own pens, but for the large companies they make nibs to exact specifications.

 

The Visconti Palladium nibs are unique to Visconti, but Bock-made. Likewise Conway Stewart is the only brand having three factory italics.... Bock-made....

 

 

D.ick

 

OMAS are another good example. They buy their nibs from Bock, yet their nibs still have a unique feel.







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