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Visconti Opera Club


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#1 Opus104

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:21

Wow! Just received my Visconti from Pam Braun and need to log my first impressions. In a word - Elegant. And the writing experience is every bit as elegant. A smooth fine nib, right out of the box. I could not be more thrilled.

First impressions

The presentation is stunning. I felt I should be genuflecting before the pen, nestled in its satin pillow, all secured within the burgundy faux-croc case. But hey, that's not why I buy a pen. It is an excellent weight. The nib is a great design with a nice crescent breather hole. At first inking it wrote luxuriously.




Appearance and Finish
Gold plated trim, Translucent Honey Almond resin cap and barrel, 14k gold nib.

Excellent fit and a stunning look. A resin to rival celluloid in depth of color, with a nice translucent cast that only an acrylic can offer. The finish reminds me of my favorite cateye marbles of my youth. I am just a bit older, and my toys are getting more expensive.

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Design/Size/Weight
Length: 5 ˝ inches capped, 5 1/8 inches uncapped, just under 6 ˝ posted (I do not intend to post this pen)
Weight: 1.2oz capped, .8oz uncapped






Filling System
Converter/Cartridge. As expected, except the converter has a metal piston knob, adding a touch of class.

Edited by MYU, 03 April 2009 - 19:08.


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#2 greencobra

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:35

I have 3 of these guys, 2 fines in Summertime Yellow and Blue and a med in Honey Almond. Love 'em and I never see myself getting rid of them. Mine all write smooth, one fine was adjusted by Deb Kinney to write a little wetter, but all the nibs have never been touched and remain factory. I do post my Operas, they just balance better for me like that. Just personal taste.

I've yet to see anyone photograph these pens to do them justice. Your photos are good but they don't don't show the depth of the colors in the Honey Almond resin. Another pen that when you see it in person it just pops. You're right, an elegant pen.
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:41

OH nice. May have to finally get one!!

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:52

Congratulations! Beautiful pen.
I was for one, but it didn't feel as comfortable in my hand as the Van Gogh, yet the honey-almond is a beautiful resin(?). Viscontis have good nibs (apparently Bock). I like the macro of your camera and the very sharp details. Which camera are you using, if you don't mind?

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 04:32

QUOTE(alvarez57 @ Dec 3 2007, 10:52 PM)  
I was for one, but it didn't feel as comfortable in my hand as the Van Gogh, yet the honey-almond is a beautiful resin(?). Viscontis have good nibs (apparently Bock).


Hi Sonia. I've got one, too, the summertime yellow (which is more of an orange). They are resin/acrylic indeed. My nib is nice but really broad for a medium. It should be Bock, but I am not entirely sure.


Opus104, great review on a wonderful pen! This is the only pen in the whole series that has gold trim which becomes the colors of the acrylic really well.

#6 CharlieB

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 09:06

Great photos! The reason why this particular Opera Club looks so good is because it has gold trim. I wish Visconti used gold trim on more of their pens. All of the other variants of the Opera Club use silver trim.
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 09:29

The pen is not for me.

But I'll take the bottle of ink if you don't like it.
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 13:34

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 19:22

I love these pens. I have nine of them, including some limited production colors. I've got them on display in my office. The Honey Almond material has apparently run out, so if you like that color get them while you can. The ballpoints are already sold out. I snapped a picture of my display, which includes the matching inkwell they're sending with the Nordic Blue.
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I have a few limited production pieces. The black and white is available in Italy, and I've seen them in Canada, too. The Burgundy and grey swirl was a one off prototype. The dark blue with brown swirl was an LE for Fahrney's, and I bought the tortoise at Ercolessi in Milan last year. It's the same material from the Conklin Word Gauge LE.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 19:29

QUOTE(Vicary @ Dec 6 2007, 02:22 PM)  
I love these pens. I have nine of them, including some limited production colors. I've got them on display in my office. The Honey Almond material has apparently run out, so if you like that color get them while you can. The ballpoints are already sold out. I snapped a picture of my display, which includes the matching inkwell they're sending with the Nordic Blue.
I have a few limited production pieces. The black and white is available in Italy, and I've seen them in Canada, too. The Burgundy and grey swirl was a one off prototype. The dark blue with brown swirl was an LE for Fahrney's, and I bought the tortoise at Ercolessi in Milan last year. It's the same material from the Conklin Word Gauge LE.

best,
Doug


Doug, your collection is spectacular!

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 20:15

Doug, your collection is spectacular!
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Thanks! I'm on the lookout for the one that looks like the Honey Almond, but it's a pale green. Creme de Menthe, I guess. I don't like the color, but it would fill up that tenth slot pretty well in place of the inkwell....

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 20:24

Nice pen-although i don't do faceted pens yours looks like astuuner-nice ink too!
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 20:30

Wow!! I'm not worthy....

That is a great collection. I'm still enamored with my new Honey Almond.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 21:21

QUOTE(Opus104 @ Dec 6 2007, 03:30 PM)  
Wow!! I'm not worthy....

That is a great collection. I'm still enamored with my new Honey Almond.



The Honey Almond is the pick of the litter, IMO! It's also the only one finished in gold trim as opposed to the silver. Warms it up a lot.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 23:02

QUOTE(dupontfan @ Dec 4 2007, 06:32 AM)  
My nib is nice but really broad for a medium.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 17:08

Doug - that is a stunning collection. smile.gif
Opus - My only Visconti so far is a Skeleton, and I like how the fine nib writes. I've seen a couple of Honey Almonds up on eBay. Argh, self-control...

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 02:24

QUOTE(CharlieB @ Dec 4 2007, 01:06 AM)  
Great photos! The reason why this particular Opera Club looks so good is because it has gold trim.

It's funny. I was about to ask whether this pen might look better with silver trim smile.gif It feels like the gold trim may be getting lost in the honey hues. I guess I would have to see it in person.



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Posted 22 February 2009 - 06:48


[quote name='CharlieB' post='437448' date='Dec 4 2007, 01:06 AM']

I chose the honey almond because the gold framed the overall pen better. However, she's somewhat cumbersome to use as an everydayer. She writes very silky though and is unfussy. It's a bit of a showoff!



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Posted 15 August 2009 - 12:19

Havana Brown seems to me a great match for this honey colour

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 20:36

Very nice pen and review. Now I have another want on my "WANT and GOT TO HAVE" list.
Oh, well.

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