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Visconti Changed Its Steel Nibs

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#1 Susanna

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 17:36

Visconti recently changed its small-size steel nibs, did you notice? 

All the Rembrandt and Van Gogh fountain pens they're selling, since the beginning of 2018, are equipped with the new model of steel nib. It's quite ugly to see, but it seems very smooth and pleasant to use.

 

The bad news is that these new nibs are no longer compatible with the grips of the previous model. Not the whole nib group, nor the metal sheet only: they have different sizes, therefore also the slot in the grip changed.

It's a pity, because the full compatibility and the interchange possibility of nibs, even among different pens, was a wonderful feature of Visconti, in my opinion.

You could unscrew a calligraphic EF steel nib from a Giardino dell'Eden and screw it in a Homo Sapiens Medium, for example; even if this one mounts a small palladium nib with a different look. And vice-versa, because they were compatible.

 

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Moreover, also the tip classification changed.
The F, M, B mark is missing, there is a different unit of measurement, now.

I explained all this in my blog: http://blog.giardino...ith-older-ones/

 


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#2 MalcolmH

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 18:29

Thank you for the information, Susanna.



#3 PAKMAN

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 18:50

Not as nice looking for sure. Is the dot you mention in the blog for nib sizing on the front of the nib? No breather hole either!


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 23:17

Thank you, Susanna.

What on earth were they thinking?

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 00:03

I heard on a Goulet Q & A video that they had a steel nib shortage and in the meantime (until the end of the year, I believe) they are using these older steel nibs they had as a stopgap. They (Visconti) are advertising them as a little flexible.


 


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:16

I heard on a Goulet Q & A video that they had a steel nib shortage and in the meantime (until the end of the year, I believe) they are using these older steel nibs they had as a stopgap. They (Visconti) are advertising them as a little flexible.

 

Yup, was about to post the same thing. It's because they are in the process of re-designing their nibs, which will be available towards the end of the year (according to Goulet). 



#7 TheDutchGuy

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:17

Good info, thanks!

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 15:49

I just bought a van Gogh on saturday at the Cologne Pen Show and the nib on is one with the dots instead of F, M etc. I have two dots, which makes it a M and it writes like a dream, really buttery smooth. :wub:



#9 shahrincamille

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 05:14

If this new nib writes better than the previous one, then I'd say this is an upgrade and something to look forward to  :D

 

 

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 23:01

I was in Florence 2 weeks ago and visited the Visconti store and got my first Visconti.(Rembradt)  :) I received it it with the old style nib.



#11 Misfit

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 22:44

I love that crescent shape they use, so I hope it is temporary.  I really like all my Visconti pens, and love the stub nibs.


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 11:04

Thank you for the information, Susanna.

 

 

Ditto!!!


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 00:55

The new one really looks Schmidt made.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 01:33

The new one really looks Schmidt made.

 

Schmidt no longer makes nibs.  Current Schmidt-branded nibs are made by Bock (and likely this one is too).



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 16:36

 

Schmidt no longer makes nibs.  Current Schmidt-branded nibs are made by Bock (and likely this one is too).

 

Good to know thanks



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 16:04

Thank you, Susanna.

What on earth were they thinking?

 
Today I had a chance to test the old and new nibs together. The new nibs are noticably different in my opinion; slightly more give than the old ones, and smooth without skipping.

If this new nib writes better than the previous one, then I'd say this is an upgrade and something to look forward to  :D


In my opinion, yes.

Edited by jthole, 02 February 2019 - 16:05.


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Posted 06 February 2019 - 22:03

I bought a Van Gogh "Starry Night" yesterday. It was in the old triangular box (which I understand they don't do anymore) but it has the new style nib. It is a medium with the two circles. 

 

I was disappointed that it wasn't an old enough stock to have the pen with the black background on the Visconti logo on the clip or the name "Starry Night" on the barrel and the old nib WAS more attractive. However, I'm not concerned about any of that because this new style nib writes like a dream. The pen is beautiful, of course, but it is important for the pen to write well or I'd truly be disappointed. I'm glad to see Visconti has upped the quality of the steel nib. It might be "entry-level" for some, but it is the most expensive fountain pen I've ever conceived of owning.

 

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