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Visconti Ragtime


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#1 Cloud

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 18:29

Hello,

I just bought a nice Visconti Ragtime. Here are some pictures. I would like to know writing experience from people who has one. Also, what size is it relatively to other pen.

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 18:39

Nice purchase! I like the vintage-style clip (reminscent of those slip-on clips for old eyedropper fillers)...
Unfortunately, I don't own the same pen (nor do I own any Visconti pens)...
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Posted 01 November 2007 - 21:50

That is beautiful! I love the clip, too. And I love black/silver.

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 22:52

What sort of filler does that one have?

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:27

Hi,
I just came across your original post. I bought a similar model Ragtime. Web research indicates that Visconti released several similar models, varying (near as my eyes can tell from webpages) in the designs on the barrels and caps, clips and gold/steel nibs.

Mine is a steel nibbed medium, and writes amazingly well. Maybe I just got an unusually good price, but I'm surprised at how well it performs. It writes a consistent medium line, no fuss, no problems, with everything from Waterman to Noodlers ink. The piston filler works well, even though the piston itself, as seen through the ink window is simply plastic, with plastic "fins" to make the seal.

The cap and barrel looked carved. This is one of the areas of difference among the models, with some smooth, some decorated on the barrel only, and some fully decorated.

It's only served to whet my appetite for getting the original Ragtime.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 20:43

Greg, your Visconti is gorgeous!

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 21:08

Cloud,

I missed this post the first time around. Where did you get this stunner of a pen?

Thx,

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 21:32

The original Ragtime was made from Celluloid, one of their first production models, and very expensive. They also reintroduced it as a Ragtime II, and this model is a later version. These are resin, and much less expensive, but still a nice pen, and the type of clip on this is very similar to the original.

I have one, but it is just a RB.

Looking at this again though, makes me wonder why they dont issue a new version of this pen.

A very classic design.

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#9 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 20:41

I am not into Viscontis but that one is a nice pen wink.gif
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Posted 27 January 2008 - 12:08

QUOTE(Doug C @ Jan 22 2008, 04:32 PM)  
The original Ragtime was made from Celluloid, one of their first production models, and very expensive. They also reintroduced it as a Ragtime II, and this model is a later version. These are resin, and much less expensive, but still a nice pen, and the type of clip on this is very similar to the original.
Looking at this again though, makes me wonder why they dont issue a new version of this pen.

The original Visconti Ragtime (1991) is indeed celluloid, and the New Ragtime (1994) (often referred to as Ragtime I or II) are also celluloid. I have a blue celluloid in the original Ragtime and the blonde and green celluloid versions of the New Ragtime -- all with 18K nibs. This was a surprise to me because I thought Visconti released these only with 14K nibs.

In 1999 and 2000 Visconti released the Ragtime Black (w/ a steel nib) and Ragtime Medici, respectively -- both of which are made of lucite. Unlike the original Ragtime and New Ragtime -- both of which are true piston fillers -- I understand that the Black and Medici versions are c/c fillers. I don't have either one, so I'm going by the info posted on the Visconti web site.

All the Ragtimes however are now considered "Vintage Editions" by Visconti and are out of production. For that reason, they can be had for relatively good prices if you chance upon them. (I paid less than $200 for each of my Ragtimes.) Here's a link to Visconti's Vintage Editions.

Edited: Fixed links.

Edited by girlieg33k, 27 January 2008 - 12:20.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 04:11

This is why collecting is always a surprise: the Medici in my post above is a piston filler.
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PS If ever you decide your celluloid Medici needs a new home....

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 04:38

Nice indeed!!!!

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:16

Kate, would it be a bother for you to attach photos of your Ragtimes? Viewed the ones on Visconti but didn't see the blue one mentioned.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 17:38

Do you know where can I buy Ragtime medici?

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 07:44

QUOTE(Doug C @ Jan 22 2008, 01:32 PM)  
The original Ragtime was made from Celluloid, one of their first production models, and very expensive.


The latest issue of Penna magazine has an old celluloid Ragtime in the cover (wonderful celluloid, wonderful colors), for showing the Visconti's 20 years of activity. The old Ragtime, and the new Divina Black.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 15:06

Great pen and beautiful pictures.
Now how about a review ?
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 17:38

You might check a certain German auction site for several listed Ragtimes
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:23

I just bought a Visconti Ragtime lll Piston filler, it's still in the mail on it's way to me. Anyone have an idea what they are worth?

Thank You in advance

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