I was thinking of doing a review of all my pens. I have a lot of reviews written out for various ink samplers I've tried, made and posted a form, used it but, never got around to scanning them in.
Have to research a few pen reviews first, see what info most people cover.
Briefly though, I like the Visconti a lot. Put the ink in, and without any issues it wrote perfectly. Few cheaper pens took a bit of adjusting and work to even get the ink flow started. Medium nib is a bit wider than a Lamy M nib, and very smooth... I'm looking to get another nib/section though. Ontario supplier for Visconti is sending me a few writing samples so I can see if I want the EF or F. I like wider nibs because shows off ink shading really nice, but, honestly no idea how people write with a B or 1.1 Stub... unless your lettering is double-height.
I was surprised at the finish. Initially worried, because swirl pens are always random and was worried mine would be ugly, or almost no swirl, but I got a good balance of blue/yellow. The surprise though, was that it has a subtle pearl effect. I assumed solid colours, like the paints used by Van Gogh, but, some areas have a decent amount of pearl/shimmer in the colour. I'm not sure I like the pearl... I don't hate it, but would rather it had been solid like oil paints.
Cons... so far only one. The grip. It's so smooth and polished, with my hard/very dry hands it's hard to get a grip. Had I the ability, I'd have it knurled, or at the very least sandblasted and roughened up a bit. Not sure if any other Visconti nib/feeds will fit the Van Gogh? if so, do any have a textured grip? even satin black, would be nice, then I'd get it instead when I order a new nib/feed.
Price wise though... mine was cheap(ish). Someone here in Canada had it posted, along with about 10 others, all for $93US (I think $133CAD) all new in box. I bid on one, wanted to bid on two but worried how high the max would go... and no one bid at all! Kicking myself because I wanted a 2nd one as a gift for someone. Since then, they're all being listed for about $390CAD (over a $250 jump in price).
That all being said, I really like the pen, for the price I paid. As great as it is... I personally, can't warrant spending $390CAD on a pen, even if it were solid gold and did my taxes for me. I simply don't write enough.
It's also the most expensive pen I've ever used, so I can't compare it to a Montblanc, Pelikan, etc... so can't even say if it's really any better/worse than anything else in that price range.
Edited by THRobinson, 11 November 2015 - 17:22.