I have been fascinated with the Visconti Homo Sapiens. I can't really afford it, but my wife accidentally threw away my Pilot Falcon, and I'm infuriated. Because the pen costs a fortune, I want to get everything right the first time (wow, I sound like a Wells Fargo employee).
Here is my breakdown ...
MIDI vs. Oversized:
It doesn't seem that much different in weight, and I can save quite a bit of money by getting the MIDI. Ultimately I decided, however, to get the Oversized, because of the Vacuum fill, which gives about .5 more mg of ink. At first, I felt the smaller pen would be just fine, because I don't write all that often, so all I would have to do is fill it more. However, I didn't take into account that this FP saturates the page. Also, I may end up getting a medium nib.
Extra Fine vs Fine vs Medium:
Naturally, I would choose an extra fine. I write on all kinds of papers, being an English teacher, so I thought I would get more use out of it by getting an extra fine nib that won't leak through to the other side. However, I have an extra fine Pilot Decimo that does the same thing, and finer. It also has a vanishing point feature, to idealize it for everyday use. Since this Visconti will be used with great pride, I probably should push this pen for everything that it stands for. It writes pretty wet, so I figured I should encourage that direction a bit more with the largest nib that I can tolerate, which I thought would be a fine. However, I've been reading a lot of interviews, and it seems that the Extra Fine and Fine have a load of quality control issues. All the negative reviews on Goulet, for example, seems to be about the Extra Fine. Other video reviews have complained about defective Fine nibs, so it seems that at the medium nib level, the complaints begin to melt away. So, ultimately, I've decided to embrace the medium nib. A Goulet representative also said you can't really detect a change in smoothness from Extra Fine to Fine, so it's probably better just to go with the medium, which she admits there is some difference in smoothness. Might as well go for the ideal experience writing with the "holy grail" of fountain pens.
Bronze Age vs Dark Age
This was a hard one. I do like the oxidized bronze and rock look. It has a classic Italian / Roman look. Just wish the makers chose another Latin name, like Pompeii -- a city covered in lava from Mt. Vesuvius. The Dark Age seems to match with the stone more. It seems very subtle, and I especially like the dark nib (pretty bad ass all way around), but ultimately, won't be as worn in as the oxidized bronze look. I also hear the Dark Age came out after the Bronze and the Silver, so I'm wondering if I'm getting a refinement compared to the older pens. Probably not. My question to everyone out there is, which do you prefer -- the bronze or dark age? One is newer than the other, as I said, so I feel like it's unfair to merely count reviews from each one on Goulet to see which is the winner.
These are my main three considerations. Please give me your thoughts on anything to help me make that final decision.