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Parker Duofold Vs Visconti Homo Sapiens

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#21 Moshe ben David

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:44

I have perhaps 6 modern Duofolds -- two are Internationals the others being Centennials.  Of course, the size on these does not change the ink capacity, just the feel in hand.  I love how all of them write.  The only pen I have which beats them by a hair is my Pelikan m800 (I mean in terms of feel in hand and smooth writing.  The Pelikan capacity is incredible.)


Can't offer any thoughts on the Visconti.  They look great but I've never handled one.  

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 14:32

I am a little surprised to read that a Visconti nib has a "superior nib" to a Parker Duofold.


I have two Parker Centennials. I think they are the most beautiful nibs I've ever seen short of Waterman Carene (I also have two of these). Or maybe Edson - which I cannot afford.


After I got the two Centennials, I formed an opinion that they were/are one of the most incredible performing nibs. I special ordered both nibs (nib swap from the Janesville plant) when I got them back in the 90's when new. Both had plain medium nibs originally. 


One is a Left Oblique (No. 89) which is a stellar writer and used as my go-to correspondence pen. Butter smooth, incredibly expressive, and a pleasure to use every time I pick it up and look at the beautiful nib. Makes any ink look better and provides a "shading" platform for the inks that do. Makes even my average writing look better.


The second was swapped for an extra fine (X) with a request that it write with good flow. It got specially tweaked at the factory in Janesville and writes - smooth as butter. I have to watch the ink it uses as Waterman Black, for instance makes it into a medium writer. But again, a wonderful, beautiful smooth nib without the slightest "catch" or scratch even as a X nib. 


I am thankful I got them everytime I use them.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 17:16

I have both the duofold and the HS (both Medium nibs) .... As stated above the HS is rather heavy and doesn't hold all that much ink, but the nib is just awesome ...


If you have BM store nearby you best could go and try them out for yourself ... after all both cost a lot of money .... 

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 17:20

I think the Visconti would be well worth it, I own one, and i find it to be a great everyday pen, as it is a classic looking design, that is not too flashy in public.




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Posted 11 August 2014 - 18:18

The original Parker Duofold from the 1920s is a vastly superior pen to the modern one, in terms of ink capacity, flow, nib feel and ability not to dry out after a few days of unuse. The Visconti is also a superior pen to the modern Centennial.

very true, other choice is to buy a chris thompson duofold replica better made than the newer duofolds

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