I've been a lover of all things Post Impressionist since I was a teenager and I'll be 63 next month. So when I saw this Van Gogh "Starry Night" fountain pen, I just had to have it. Luckily there was one in stock at my local Visconti dealer and I was able to test it before I purchased it. I've been writing with it almost every day for a month and here are my brief impressions (or post-impressions) of it in the forum's format.
Maker: Visconti Colour Material: Blue / Green / Yellow Resin
Model: Van Gogh "Starry Night" Cost: $315 Cdn.
Appearance & Design (1-10) – 9
I love the design and look of this pen! From the beautiful resin in the colours of "Starry Night" to the faceted body and the magnetic closure, this pen is one I will treasure always. I paid the premium a steel-nibbed pen because of the "work of art" here. I would have liked the section to be the same material as the body.
Construction & Quality (1-10) – 9
I found a small crack in the resin of the barrel, but the dealer replaced it within a week. Other than that, the craftsmanship is flawless.
Weight & Dimensions (1-10) –
Length: 140mm capped, 124mm uncapped, 155mm posted
Weight: 30g (total), 19g (uncapped)
Barrel Diameter: 13mm Section Diameter: 10mm
Nib & Performance (1-10) – 10
This pen wrote right out of the box. It required no tuning. It is as smooth as butter with just a hint of feedback. The flow is excellent and the pen starts first time, every time and does not dry out.
Filling System & Maintenance (1-10) - 10
The converter works fine and is completely disassemblable.
Cost & Value (1-10) – 8
I have deducted a couple of points because of the price. Even though this pen is gorgeous and writes beautifully, I believe it is still overpriced for a steel-nibbed pen. I would consider $190US (~250 Cdn) to be more reasonable.
Conclusion (Final score, xx/6) - 9.3
I love this pen and will write with it constantly for a long time. I don't think it will ever not be inked up. Visconti has improved the nib - next, they need to add the resin to the section and lower the price by about $50US.