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#1 Bryant

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 01:59

So I was just taking a few pictures of this pen for a fellow FPNer, and could not stop taking pics... I didnt use the "light tent" for these, so a few didnt turn out like they should, but you can get the picture.

Initial Impression: 10/10
Wow, this box is the second largest box I have ever seen. First being the Ancora, hand painted Jules Verne. But this one, in my opinion is much nicer. It has the dark wood finish and looks classy if you want it sitting out. For me, its just too big to have out, but maybe my wife will let it out for a day or two smile.gif The pen came brand new un-inked with papers as well, and it also has a little card. With materials its made out of, number and such. I thought this was a nice touch. I have owned 10 different Viscontis, all LEs and only one other I can remember that had something like this... I think the Copernicus had something similar... Maybe Goodguy can help me there... Anyway, even my Ripple which also XX out of 999 did not have this. The pen, just at first glance is amazing! I love sterling silver and the combination of that and overlay gets me excited... embarrassed_smile.gif I have taken a few comparison pictures with a MB 149 and Visconti Ripple. This pen is a large pen to say the least...


















Look/Finish/Hardware: 10/10
This look is obviously amazing. I think it has a lot going on with out being to tacky and gaudy. The feel is amazing as well. A lot of the times, overlay pens have a rough feel to them, but this is very smooth to the touch.














Feel/Balance: 8/10
Its actually heavier than I expected. I thought it would not be as heavy as my Ripple, but I suppose they are both Sterling. It just looks lighter. The jury is still out on posting this pen. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know I like to post. In the pictures of the pamphlet they have the pen posted, but I think it may be too heavy. I will need to write with it for a week or so to know for sure. Now, un-posted it writes great. Its not too heavy and is long enough to be comfortable...








Filling System 10/10 Nib: 10/10
I love the Double Reservoir Piston. Its like having extra ink bottle in your pen. If you have never seen how this works, click this and then click view animation. The best part is you can store your pen with ink in the to reservoir, and when you are ready to write, unscrew the blind cap and viola... Ready to write.
The nib is fantastic, and is one of the smoothest Medium points I have ever used. It also has a good amount of give cloud9.gif
















Price/Value: Retail Price 5/10 Price I paid 10/10
So this pen retails for 2400! Not that I don't think this pen is worth that, but thats a lot of money for a Sterling Overlay. When I think this much money, I think hand painted or something else that makes the pen actually worth that. I could never, nor would I ever pay that much for this pen. But, for example Fountain Pen Hospital has it on sale for 1400... Now I would say that this is about the right price. If you can get one around 1k USD now thats well worth this pen. Don't get me wrong, thats still a lot of money, but well worth it in my opinion.










Overall: 9/10
I don't know if I can say this is my favorite Visconti I have owned, but its by far an amazing pen. I think this pen has both a modern and vintage look. I would highly suggest this pen if you are looking for a quality LE with a classic look.













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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:10

Ahh Bryan yet again you proved both your excellent taste in pens and your fantastic ability to write reviews and take great pictures.
This pen is one of my drool pens for a while but due to the price I never really bothered to try and get one.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:17

QUOTE (goodguy @ Jul 30 2008, 08:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ahh Bryan yet again you proved both your excellent taste in pens and your fantastic ability to write reviews and take great pictures.
This pen is one of my drool pens for a while but due to the price I never really bothered to try and get one.

I envy you buddy puddle.gif

Enjoy thumbup.gif

Thanks man, I don't think this one is out side of your reach... Just sell your cloud9.gif Dumas cloud9.gif and you could pick one up bunny01.gif

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 11:27

QUOTE (Bryant @ Jul 31 2008, 03:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (goodguy @ Jul 30 2008, 08:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ahh Bryan yet again you proved both your excellent taste in pens and your fantastic ability to write reviews and take great pictures.
This pen is one of my drool pens for a while but due to the price I never really bothered to try and get one.

I envy you buddy puddle.gif

Enjoy thumbup.gif

Thanks man, I don't think this one is out side of your reach... Just sell your cloud9.gif Dumas cloud9.gif and you could pick one up bunny01.gif

Not a chance me selling the Dumas,I LOVE this pen cloud9.gif .
I just wish I ahd the pen box too.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:09

I have to concur on this one. Been writing with a black and silver Romanica using an M nib that's so fantastic and silky that I actually ignore the nib size [much to the detriment of my handwriting, which looks very spidery w/o the B nibs]. That being said, I have to say the vermeil Romanica with the green and blue enamel is even more spectacular than this one. And from someone whose collection leans heavily to silver overlays, that's saying a LOT yikes.gif

I normally post my pens, but like the Ripple, this one is large enough and heavy enough to be very comfortable unposted. My vermeil baby is awaiting Ken Jone's return from vacation. It's had 2 B nibs that were problematic from the dealer, just returned home from the Visconti spa treatment with the coveted Stub and now has ink starvation problems crybaby.gif

Interim, the black and silver glides on so incredibly that I might have to give in and kill my pen budget for the year by adding it to the stable as well WITH that M nib I swore I wouldn't like. It means selling pens, but I have to confess - it's worth it! embarrassed_smile.gif

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 20:19

Beautiful pen! I have been wanting one for a while now, just waiting for the right occasion to get it...sadly, am still waiting...
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” Voltaire
"'The French Soldier,' pronounced Rostopchin, 'has to be incited to battle by high-sounding phrases; the German must have it logically proved to him that it is more dangerous to run away than to advance; but the Russian soldier has to be held back, and urged to go slowly!'" War and Peace

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 00:02

Very nice pen! I must admit I find the Ripple even more beautiful, first time I see one. I guess it is an older LE Visconti?

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 02:34

QUOTE (AKAGodSent @ Aug 1 2008, 03:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beautiful pen! I have been wanting one for a while now, just waiting for the right occasion to get it...sadly, am still waiting...

Thanks, there is no better time than now... Especailly with LEs, soon you wont see any, like the Visconti Copernicus. I have only seen one on ebay in the last 6 months, and it was a buy it now for 1200! Silly!

QUOTE (JFT @ Aug 1 2008, 07:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Very nice pen! I must admit I find the Ripple even more beautiful, first time I see one. I guess it is an older LE Visconti?

Thanks! I love them both the same, but I like the feel of the Romanica better, becuase it almost has a grip with the overlay. The Ripple is fantastic, but feels much "slippery", as my wife stated cool.gif

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 12:09

I find the Ripple equally comfortable to use, but that's because I hold it back on the body, rather than down on the section. So each is nice in its own way.

If you can swing an LE and find "the" pen, get it. They're often not there later headsmack.gif

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QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Aug 3 2008, 12:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you can swing an LE and find "the" pen, get it. They're often not there later headsmack.gif

Totaly agree Bry.Get lots of LE pens and then when you get tiired of them sell them to me lticaptd.gif
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Dibs on the Bs and stubs bunny01.gif

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 23:17

I wish I could get it, but moving and paying for grad school is making it impossible at the moment sad.gif
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” Voltaire
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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:18

Quite beautiful Pen, with the pictures to prove it.
Well done review. Congrats !

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 16:04

QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Aug 3 2008, 02:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Dibs on the Bs and stubs bunny01.gif

They are all yours! thumbup.gif

QUOTE (AKAGodSent @ Aug 3 2008, 05:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish I could get it, but moving and paying for grad school is making it impossible at the moment sad.gif

sad.gif Well, grad school is more important than any pen, you can always get a pen... rolleyes.gif

QUOTE (Merrib @ Aug 3 2008, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Quite beautiful Pen, with the pictures to prove it.
Well done review. Congrats !

Bob

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