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#1 Titivillus

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 20:29

I received today a pen that I have been after for a decade or so as the pen was unveiled in 1995. Never thought I would get my hands on it as I figured it was a longshot even new with only 1,475 total pens produced- that's a 1/10 to 1/20 of what another company would call a limited edition so I think calling it rare would be appropriate. The pen itself came in two sizes a normal and grande. I will be talking about the Grande.

Presentation:
The pen arrived in a standard old style Visconti box of green faux leather. inside was a suede pillow hiding the pen from view. With it came a nice booklet that is held together by a tassled cord not stapled together. Along with that came a small card thanking me for purchasing the pen as well as a standard warranty card and a small fold explaining how to use the clip.

Pen:
The pen is 5.5" long capped and 6-3/4" posted, the clip and cap band are gold colored while the nib is a bicolored gold fine. The name and serial number are engraved on the section which is made of the same material as the pen.

The pen is made of a dark green celluloid with opalescent chunks within catching the light there is also weaved around this stripes of gold- bronze colored dust giving the impression of fine Italian marble.

The clip is the old style ship prow which I do love in a Visconti pen. It has a style that puts it above other pens as it rides high in the pocket.

Filler:
The filler on the pen is a single tank vacuum filler with the feed showing into the inkview window at the top of the section.

inkpot:
Did I mention that the pen came with a matching celluloid inkpot? Well this is a rather special one since it is made rather than the usual cone of rubber to seal but uses an 'o'-ring. How is that possible you might ask? Well the inkpot is threaded to fit the pen so the section makes a perfect seal.

Price:
well it was expensive but when compared to some other pens I have seen of similar quality it was a good price.

Overall:
I have not said this about many pen but this one might have stopped me from searching for that perfect pen. Why keep looking when you already have found it!

Edited by Titivillus, 14 October 2008 - 21:24.


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#2 Zoe

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 20:31

Congratulations!

One pen sounds good to me right now. smile.gif

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 20:47

beautiful pen and pot.

here's the dumb question...

how's it write?

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#4 Titivillus

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 21:20

QUOTE (KCat @ Oct 14 2008, 03:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
beautiful pen and pot.

here's the dumb question...

how's it write?



we'll have to find out in time.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 22:56

She is a real beauty. I do not remember where I came across mine at. Wonderful look and feel. The nib is the flawless Visconti nib I have loved for many years now.

here is a shot of most of my green pens and the Michangelo Grande is certainly amongst then. BTW the Pens Plus LE is the same material and is also made by Visconti. The trim is not yellow gold as seen on the Michangelo


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#6 goodguy

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 00:28

What a lovely pen and congrats for finding the ONE pen for you.
I dont have a ONE pen but rather a one pen till I get it and then move on to the next ONE pen bunny01.gif

Enjoy and thank you for the review.
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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:05

QUOTE (bugmd @ Oct 14 2008, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She is a real beauty. I do not remember where I came across mine at. Wonderful look and feel. The nib is the flawless Visconti nib I have loved for many years now.

here is a shot of most of my green pens and the Michangelo Grande is certainly amongst then. BTW the Pens Plus LE is the same material and is also made by Visconti. The trim is not yellow gold as seen on the Michangelo


Yep I just really like the old style clip, don't understand why they went with the new arc version.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:06

QUOTE (goodguy @ Oct 14 2008, 07:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What a lovely pen and congrats for finding the ONE pen for you.
I dont have a ONE pen but rather a one pen till I get it and then move on to the next ONE pen bunny01.gif

Enjoy and thank you for the review.


I think this one might be the final nail in my pen purchases. There is only one other pen out there that I'd like to own and it is beyond my budget to think of.


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:18

Kurt.

Congrats on acquiring the One. It must be a somewhat bitter sweet.

Regards,

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:20

QUOTE ((bleep) @ Oct 14 2008, 09:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think this one might be the final nail in my pen purchases. There is only one other pen out there that I'd like to own and it is beyond my budget to think of.

Where have I heard that before, I wonder... hmm1.gif

laugh.gif Seriously, great score Kurt. I think the matching ink pot is a major compliment for the pen. I especially like how it is designed to mate with the pen, although you can refill the pen through a normal ink bottle.

If you don't mind my asking, through what channel did you get this Visconti? Also, please post writing samples when you get a chance (hint, hint). smile.gif

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 02:26

That's marvelous, Kurt! Hooray!


So... are you going to pull a Legal Eagle (whittle your pens to one)?

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 02:43

Congrats... thumbup.gif


Super cool FP.

Enjoy.



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#13 Titivillus

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 12:08

QUOTE (MYU @ Oct 14 2008, 08:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE ((bleep) @ Oct 14 2008, 09:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think this one might be the final nail in my pen purchases. There is only one other pen out there that I'd like to own and it is beyond my budget to think of.

Where have I heard that before, I wonder... hmm1.gif

laugh.gif Seriously, great score Kurt. I think the matching ink pot is a major compliment for the pen. I especially like how it is designed to mate with the pen, although you can refill the pen through a normal ink bottle.

If you don't mind my asking, through what channel did you get this Visconti? Also, please post writing samples when you get a chance (hint, hint). smile.gif



Actually I think this really might be the one. To this point there has always been another pen coming out that has grabbed my interest but for the last 6 months or so I haven't seen anything new that I like or I like and would purchase at the price that is charged. I have bought enough pens to own and know I don't like them. And the 10 that I have run the gamut of line sizes so there is no reason for me not to just walk away from buying more.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 12:09

QUOTE (ethernautrix @ Oct 14 2008, 09:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's marvelous, Kurt! Hooray!


So... are you going to pull a Legal Eagle (whittle your pens to one)?



Can't say I would go to one but the 10 I have now fun from Asian EF to italics. So I could be happy with the range I own now. Maybe even sell a few more off in the fine area.

Kurt

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 12:17

Thanks for sharing this fabulous pen with us, Kurt! Enjoy! thumbup.gif

Regards,
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Posted 15 October 2008 - 12:18

QUOTE (Shalori @ Oct 14 2008, 08:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Kurt.

Congrats on acquiring the One. It must be a somewhat bitter sweet.

Regards,

Neil



No not really. I've gone through about 60 different inks and probably a few dozen papers to find what I like then stopped looking seriously for them. Why not pens as well.


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 18:32

congrats on the acquisition wink.gif
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