I think you simply got used to how the Pd nibs write, rather than the nib being molded to your hands.
I'll give one such example. When i first bought my 823, it wrote "ok", it was a pleasant writer but the writing experience improved dramatically after about 2 months of heavy use. That is what I would call a sufficient amount of time for a nib to become "molded to the user". But keep it in mind that is a 14K nib that is fairly stiff.
My Kakadu on the other hand has the ol' 18K nibs Visconti used to do. That nib wrote amazing from the very start and it's characteristics hasn't changed at all over time.
Now we come to my 3rd daily writer, the Visconti HS London Fog. The first 2 weeks with this pen was a bit unusual to say the least. I say that because this Pd nib (1.3mm stub <3) felt very finicky. At first I attributed it to my writing position but after much testing the nib really had a few issues, primarly that the feed was off-center.
I've never done any nib-tuning ever but the nib got to the point where it wouldn't even write a SINGLE downstroke without railroading or writing at all. Enough was enough, I decided to unscrew the nib unit and tune it myself. Surprisingly it worked, not only was the feed put back in place but I managed to adjust the ink flow slightly and put it back together. Boy was I in for one hell of a frustrating experience. If you've ever opened the nib unit of any homo sapiens, you'll notice the nib collar has a small O-ring in it. I had completely ignored this so for about an hour I kept hand tightening that nib unit to be disappointed about the end position (I wanted the nib to line up between the Homo and Sapiens, this was also the place where the swirls looked like they naturally started). Finally I decided to inspect the threads on the nib unit and realized that the O-ring was getting in the way. Long story short, I got it fixed wrote with the pen afterwards was disappointed. The morning after however I found my pen to write absolutely SUBLIME.
Literally the pen would write with NO pressure at all, the stub writes so butter-y smooth and the Pd nibs themselves are just so soft and spring-y. So here it comes:
The whole "dream-touch" marketing is not a hype, it's only a hype for half their pens.
I say this because whenever you buy a Visconti (with the Pd nibs), you have a 50/50 chance of getting one that works perfect out of the box. Mine obviously didn't and required tinkering which I managed to do surprisingly (considering it was my first time). BUT once you have a Pd nib that actually writes, you will enjoy a butter-y smooth experience that can largely be attributed to 3 things:
1. The juicy Ink-flow
2. The amount of tipping material
3. The softness of Palladium in general
These three things add up to provide a dream-touch experience because that is what it feels like. When I write with this stub nib (with IG ink too!), I feel no feedback it's simply amazing. Of course paying over 800 bucks for a pen you should expect the nib to write flawlessly! But not with anything Italian (or at least in Visconti's case).
Visconti pens are like Italian products. Beautiful and elegant works of art that are plagued by Q/C issues. If you can get around to fixing the nib yourself or if your lucky enough to get a good Pd nib from the start, you will be very satisfied with your writing experience. Calling it a "dream-touch" nib is honestly not far off. This stub is quite honestly the best nib I've ever come across (in terms of smoothness and feel).
And no the nib hasn't "molded to me" if for some reason your nib did mold to you after a short span of a few days than you are really putting too much pressure on the nib! For a nib to start to show signs of "molding", it would take months of writing with the pen to see any tangible difference. So what I think happened to you is that you learned to write with much less pressure.
Seriously, these Pd nibs are very soft, you shouldn't have to use any pressure at all and coming from your regular 14/18K nibs which are MUCH stiffer in comparison I wouldn't be surprised if you finally got the "feel" for the nib.
Edited by ItwasLuck, 05 January 2017 - 12:58.