Right away it was like somebody cast a spell on me.I had to feel it.The seller was a nice guy from Montreal and he was happy to let me feel it.I loved the weight and feel of the pen and I knew I must have it.
To my luck one of our own "Bryant" is selling Visconti pens and I knew his price will make this pen a reality.The retail price of this pen is 1600$ so there was no way I would pay that much on this pen.
I contacted Bryant and to my joy the price was amazing and the next day the pen was ordered for me.
Well I got the pen today.I was sitting looking at the box for few minutes containing the urge to rip the box apart.
I opened it slowly and the first thing that hit you is how big the box is and how shiny and smooth it feels.
Well I opened the box and there is one of the most detailed beautiful pen box I ever seen.I love the tool that measures the Devine Proportions and the attantion to details on this box is simply amazing.
With shaky hands I took the pen and it is indeed as good as I remembered it.
I love the way the lines swirl around the pen and they match perfectly to the cap.The silver lines make the pen look great.The pen has a dark browny colour and the silver lines make the pen looks softer and classy.
The weight of the pen is somewhere in the middle.It feels like a MB Writers Edition pen,maybe a wee bit lighter.
The first time I took the cap off was a bit of a weird experiance.First you press on cap down then turn it a bit to the left and pull on it.Like most of you guy know all ready there are no threads on this pen.Instead there are hooks that grab on the cap.This system works good and very secure but I must admit I didnt fall in love with this system.Its nice smart and good but I am a bit old fasioned and still like threaded caps better.
To my joy this pen has an inkview window a nice bonus and gives the pen a nice feel that it wasnt just designed to look pretty but also to be used.
The nib is a standard Visconti LE nib.I had the exact same nib on my Visconti Romanica but this one is a F nib and not an M nib like on the Romanica.
I do love the filling mechanism on this pen.You press on the metal piece at the pens buttom and it pops out just a bit then you put it all out and on the metal rod there are nicly carved numbers in the pens Divine Proportions motif (very nice touch).
Then dunk the nib in the ink bottle and press once on the rod.It gets back into the barrel and locks itself back in place.At the same time vacum is creaded in the barrel and ink is sucked into the pen.
Once you get the cap off the pen is much lighter in the hand and the thinner section makes the pen feel almost perfect between my fingers.Yet again a proof Visconti designed this pen to be used and not just look beautiful.
I never post my pens but I tried only once for the review sake and I must say the whole pen felt unbalanced and I dont think you will want to post it.
The nib was the biggest surprise.As mentioned I had the exact same nib on the Romanica and on the Romanica the nib felt very very smooth and wet but with very little feedback.
Well this F nib is to my amazment and surprise felt exactly the oposite.
It is still very smooth but with a TON of feedback.It is the finest F nib I have.Almost EX to my taste.It reminds me of an Aurora nib.It has a toothy feeling to it even though its a very smooth nib.It is wet and to me feels like a sport car rather then a luxury car.Well done Visconti!!!
The pen has it all.Its stunningly beautiful,smartly designed but is also a superb user.You can buy it to sit in the cabinet or use it everyday.In any case this pen will bring you a lot of joy.
As you would expect with me it will be mosly cabinet time but I promis to take it out for a spin every so often as this pen well desrves it.Even thoug this pen aint cheap it is sold right now for a relativly very resonable price so if you want it this is the time to get it before they will run out of it.
PS-My cat just stood there for a while looking at the pen and it was obvious even he was amazed of how beautiful the pen really is.He loves it!!!
I am adding this to the review a day after I wrote the full review
The pen is buttom heavy so it feels a bit like a pen with a brass piston filler (like a MB or a Pelikan pens).It is not a negative thing for me but I felt I needed to add this.
Another thing I forgot to mention and I dont know how I could is how smooth the pen feels in the hand.
The first thing that hits you when you hold the pen is how smooth and refined the resin feels in your hand.Just by holding this pen it feels as if the material and workmanship of the pen is of the highest grade.
I also forgot to add that the clip (like many other Visconti pens) is spring loaded and is very comfortable to use and adds to the overall feel of the pen.
Edited by goodguy, 14 November 2008 - 01:05.