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sub_bluesy posted a topic in Fountain Pen ReviewsI thought I should make my first real post something somewhat "exotic", or at least useful. I would have killed for this information a year ago when I was taking this pen apart without guidance! Maybe it will be beneficial to someone in my situation in the future! This is kind of a cross post from a post I made on another pen sub forum previously. I purchased a Visconti Pininfarina some time ago but the pen had some issues despite being new. I sent the first pen back due to the plating flaking off and some hacks in the carbon. This post is about the replacement pen. Let's get started! When I received the replacement pen, the stub nib I had ordered would not write. This is the chromium/steel tubular nib. I was bumping up on August for the Italian shutdown so I decided to work the nib myself. That was a success but took a few hours. The nib and feed on this pen just unscrews. There was a curvature to the nib so the tines did not really make contact on the paper in the middle by the feed channel. That means no ink flow. I ended up polishing and working the tines flat. Several months later I got the guts up to fix the other things that nagged me about the pen. The runout of the cap trim was never quite aligned to the body and that bugged me immensely. When you would twist the body of the pen, it would rotate eccentrically to the other half of the pen. I determined that the threaded trim was not bonded to the carbon tube aligned. 2 min hot water in the microwave, 1 min soak, and some pulling freed the trim from the carbon tube. I was able to align the threads and trim a little better to the other half of the pen and bond the trim with lacquer. I unfortunately dropped the pen a few weeks later from about 6 inches nose first on the bezel. There was a very small "flat" on the bezel from this. Again, small things bug me so I re profiled the brass bezel, polished, and Rhodium plated it. Looks like new but I did learn about how the bezel comes off and how the "door" seals the nib. There's two screws to hold this all together. One holds the assembly to the pen (rear screw) while the front holds the flat spring and the spot welded door. The nib retracting mechanism had an interesting problem were it would not stall out like it should in the open position and then downward pressure from writing would push the nib back into the pen slowly every so often. I thought I could grease my way out of this with tetra silicon grease. Once I got the assembly out of the pen, I thought better of it and just added grease where it rotated in the locking pins. This helped a little without disassembling the rotating assembly. One more fun issue was that the nib would randomly rotate as you wrote. This was corrected by applying a small amount of lacquer on the threads of the tubular nib to lock it down. It's like having an oblique nib at any angle you want actually. Kind of useful once you get it sorted and locked. The nib screws into a collar that can be rotated to suit your angle to paper. Overall this is an extremely unique pen. Much different than any of my pens I've worked on. It was emotional. It's not a cheap pen and there was zero information online about fixing it so every step was into uncharted territory. Luckily, the bonding Visconti used is easily defeated by hot water. Also equally bonded back with lacquer or shellac. Honestly I rarely use this pen despite the amount of work I had to do to get it right. I even ended up buying a Millennium Arc moonlight just for the medium tubular nib since it was on sale. I thought the medium nib would not dry out as fast as the stub. Still drys out after a day or so due to the trap door not sealing properly. Now that I read this in its entirety, it seems a little long winded and more or less a list of complaints. That's not my intent though. This is an amazing pen to look at. It just took more work than I thought to get it running and aligned to what I thought was possible of the design. I'm a little picky if I see an opportunity to make something better.
I picked this up new for a killer deal on eBay. No way was I going to touch it at retail! Its not exactly what I expected though. Its kind of a tomato red and not the bright Ferrari red I was hoping for in pics. I guess it could be considered a Rosso Bordeaux Ferrari red but not the bright re-sale red Rosso Corsa I was expecting. Also this damn Smartouch nib is something I really wish Visconti would dispense with pushing. I have 3 of them and theyre all a POS. I had to work on this one today and thought I had it sorted but now its not writing unless you prime the feed after a few hours capped. I might just explore the idea of putting a regular #6 nib on it and be done with it. Dont see why it wouldnt work. Cool design overall but the nib and shade of red are a bit of a let down.
Visconti has just introduced the latest addition to their Pininfarina collection, Visconti Pininfarina Iridium. After Visconti Pininfarina Carbongraphite and Nanotech, Visconti has decided to pair up again with the Italian car design firm in order to create this masterpiece.This time, the key material is Iridium. Iridiscence is a physical phenomena that, in different materials and depending on the visible spectrum and corner of view changes colour. This effect, that you may have noticed before in the rainbow, bubbles or a butterfly's wings is present on this fountain pen's body. Furthermore avional iridium has been protected by metal making the piece ultra resistant to scratches. Available in fountain pen or rollerball the edition is limited to 388 pieces. Want to be even more surprised? Technology goes further, Visconti has created and patented a new nib called Tobular Smarttouch that is made out of chrome 18 and retractible, available in EF-F-M-B-STUB. Fountain pen: https://www.iguanasell.com/products/visconti-pininfarina-iridium-fountain-pen-multicolour-limited-edition Should you need additional information please do not hesitate but contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org Below you may enjoy some pictures of this truly amazing piece!