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#1 europen

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 15:00

Here is a view of my first generation VIsconti Van Gogh. Note the pre-bridge style clip with clip screw, the warm resin barrel. 14 k nib. Writing sample attached. Any comments will be appreciated!

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#2 Raskolnikov

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 15:06

Lovely color combination. I had an ivory colored one, which I loved and it was my best writing companion for long time.

 

I like how the color swirls play on your pen's body, each one's unique and yours particularly beautiful in my opinion.



#3 theverdictis

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 15:10

Really nice pen colour, love the different and vibrant colour scheme going on.  :D

 

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 18:58

Love the colour, dislike the meta section...

 

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:59

Thank you, raskolnikov and the verdicts.  

 

rmn, i actually prefer metal sections. the grip on the van gogh is quite warm and secure. 

 

raskolnikov, you posted some visconti beauties in a thread called vsiconti x5 -- i have

 

none of the ones you have. these are mine (sorry for the yellow tint). 

 

Some Visconti.jpg

 

Thanks again!


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 03:41

NOS

I,m curious about your Millenium Arc: what color is the sac? I have one with a red sac, which seems bit odd in a demonstrator.

Thanks,

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 10:28

Great pen and nice nib. However, I have to agree with the negative comments on the metal section.



#8 Raskolnikov

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:44

Thank you, raskolnikov and the verdicts.  

 

rmn, i actually prefer metal sections. the grip on the van gogh is quite warm and secure. 

 

raskolnikov, you posted some visconti beauties in a thread called vsiconti x5 -- i have

 

none of the ones you have. these are mine (sorry for the yellow tint). 

 

attachicon.gifSome Visconti.jpg

 

Thanks again!

 

Wow, you definitely have some good old glories there!

Do I spot a Manhattan too, there?
I wasn't into FPs back then so I lost quite some pearls....



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:57

Unfortunately my new VG fountain pen proved a poor quality. I bought it from Giardino Italiano. I had to sent it back to repair and after more than two months I did not get it back. Visconti service is very bad in Europe. I spent with postages 1/4 of the price! 



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 19:58

Thanks all for the comments.

 

Yes, raskolnikov -- that is a Manhattan. I don't know what model line it belongs to, but I think it dates from the late '90's, before the 'bridge clip' trademark of Visconti.

 

As for the Millennium Arc, the sac is not transparent, but translucent, so you can tell the colour of ink and how much there is. I've posted new photos so you should be able to see this. The Millennium's resin barrel, with its swirls of red, hides the sac and also reveals it -- that's one of the pleasures of the pen.

 

From left to right, the pens are:  Millennium Arc, Van Gogh, Renaissance 

Stardust, Manhattan, and Dali. The Dali, sad to say, is a rollerball. (It was a dealer's gift.) In the nibs photo, the nibs are the Van Gogh, the Star Dust, the Millennium Arc, and the Manhattan. On the grip of the Millennium you can read it is number 289/1000, and in both photos you can see the transparency of the crescent fill sac.

 

Did the first gen Van Goghs have 'names' acc to VG's famous oils? Starry Night, Self-portrait with missing ear, etc. IDK really -- it's just a pleasure to write with. In an earlier post, I forget where, I posted a writing sample of the VG.

 

Excuse my gushing over these few Visconti, but they do make fine pens!

 

 

   

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 21:13

I have the Visconti Medici an incredible pen. I use Pelican inks only because i never bought Visconti ink, beautiful color, beautiful pen. I think gold nib is smoother than just steel --don't you think? 



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 22:56

yes, ukulelesurf, I do think gold nibs are in general better made -- ink diffusion is increased, thus better ink flow. they are more flexible, more reliable.

 

Altho some steel nibs are good quality. depends on how well made the nib is, but i've never had a bad gold nib.

 

pelikan inks are good quality. a little dry for my italian pens but they work well in my pelikans.

 

inks are as fussy as pens sometimes.

 

(sorry for my tardy  response. BLTN, better late than never)


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 01:18

[...] Did the first gen Van Goghs have 'names' acc to VG's famous oils? [...]

 

No. The first generation Van Goghs were available in Maxi, Midi, and perhaps Mini sizes. The colours included:  Vanilla White, Musk Green and Sandal Red. Naming the pens (colours) after Van Gogh's painting stared with the second (current) generation pens.



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 08:52

yes, raging dragon, now i recall, that's true. naming them started with second generation. 


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Posted 05 March 2015 - 06:49

I have 18 Visconti Pieces in the following order;

1) 25th Anniversary Homo Sapiens F.P.                                10) Portofofino L.E.

2) Ivory Rembrandt F.P.                                                         11) Ragtime lll

3) Luigi Einaudi F.P.                                                               12) Ragtime Set Display Desk*

4) Mahogany 10 pen display *                                               13) Ivory Rembrandt Eco Rollerball

5) Merry-Go-Round                                                               14) Renasonce Set - F.P & R.B.

6) Metropolis                                                                         15) Traveling Inkwell

7) MIchelangelo                                                                    16) Wooden Nautilus Double Desk Top

8) Opera US Edition                                                              17) Opera Blue Typhoon Mosquito                                                                                     Filler L.E.

9) Orange Rembrandt


Edited by Chi Town, 05 March 2015 - 06:51.

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 02:40

Some gorgeous pens there. I only have one Visconti, a blue Manhattan, truly a beautiful pen, and yes they do date from the 90s.


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 08:36

Yes, Jim, my Portofofino L.E. is 26 of 150, but I thought it was from the 90's when in turn I looked at my inventory and it was c2001. It was made exclusively for the Fountain Pen Hospital from Visconti! But it's outstanding feature is it's clip.......


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 14:19

I have 18 Visconti Pieces in the following order;

1) 25th Anniversary Homo Sapiens F.P.                                10) Portofofino L.E.

2) Ivory Rembrandt F.P.                                                         11) Ragtime lll

3) Luigi Einaudi F.P.                                                               12) Ragtime Set Display Desk*

4) Mahogany 10 pen display *                                               13) Ivory Rembrandt Eco Rollerball

5) Merry-Go-Round                                                               14) Renasonce Set - F.P & R.B.

6) Metropolis                                                                         15) Traveling Inkwell

7) MIchelangelo                                                                    16) Wooden Nautilus Double Desk Top

8) Opera US Edition                                                              17) Opera Blue Typhoon Mosquito                                                                                     Filler L.E.

9) Orange Rembrandt

 

Ok. You win.

 

Nice set.

 

Why in that particular order? (the way you said it made me curious)

 

 

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 03:24

 

Ok. You win.

 

Nice set.

 

Why in that particular order? (the way you said it made me curious)

 

 

D.ick

 

This order has nothing to do with anything, other than it was how my inventory shuffled it.......


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