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  1. IN PRAISE OF THE OLD STYLE VISCONTI VAN GOGH “MAXI” FOUNTAIN PEN Visconti are a Florentine pen manufacturer founded on 20 October 1988 by two friends who decided to make a business of their passion for fountain pens. The two founders, Luigi Poli and Dante del Vecchio are stars of the long tradition of Italian pen manufacturing. They succeeded in remaining at the top of a highly competitive international market for over 30 years, which is an outstanding achievement when one considers the sad demise of OMAS or Delta. Throughout their history, Visconti have set new standards for imaginative and striking designs, ranging from the very expensive to cheaper “every day” pens, earning a well-deserved devoted following of fountain pen collectors and users. Their “Homo Sapiens” line of pens need no introduction, and most people reading this will own or have seen a “Van Gogh” or “Rembrandt” Visconti pen. Some of the leading online pen reviewers, SBRE BROWN (https://www.youtube.com/user/sbrebrown) and PENULTIMATE DAVE (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmPrXpKKggCrGTmAhhMmvBA) have produced many highly entertaining and informative reviews of Visconti pens. In this review, however, I wish to celebrate a now sadly discontinued range of Visconti pens, the “Van Gogh Maxi” which were in production in the first decade of the 2000s (along with their smaller cousins the Van Gogh “Midi” and Mini” versions). The series was also produced as roller ball pens. The larger “maxi” size is one of my favourite pens as it fits my hands beautifully, so I will only be discussing this “maxi” line of the Van Gogh production as this is the type I own. More recently, of course, Visconti have produced a modern line of Van Goghs that are very widely available. They are hugely popular with their bright, fun colours, easily swapped or cleaned steel nibs, filling mechanisms that will accommodate standard size cartridges or converters and general sturdiness. But these are not of the sophistication as their earlier relatives, and they have steel nibs rather than gold nibs, so I will not be covering them in this review. THE VISCONTI VAN GOGH MAXI FOUNTAIN PENS Revealing a collector’s mania side of my character, I have acquired seven Visconti Van Gogh Maxis (VGMs) over the years. They are one of the jewels in my pen collection and are in constant use. I was introduced to the VGMs by Ray Walters, (http://www.vintageandmodernpens.co.uk/http://www.vintageandmodernpens.co.uk/] who is a regular vendor at Pen Shows, on his website and elsewhere. As always, he is charming and persuasive and I think the first pen he sold me was the VGM “Tortoise”. This pen was a discovery and a revelation. I was writing with a pen of different design than the Pelikans and Japanese pens I was used to but with outstanding performance qualities. This purchase was quickly followed by the Musk version: And then, throwing financial discipline to the winds, I also bought the beautiful “Sandal Wood” coloured version from Ray: As I had the income to collect then, I quickly added (from eBay) a Demonstrator version: Later on came a “Starry Night” version: And a “Fantasia”: And finally, an Ivory version (sometime also called a Vanilla, but I think Ivory is more appropriate): There are other colours available, and these sometime turn up on eBay or at Pen Shows. From my online searches, I gather that the other VGM colours are Cappuccino (sometimes called Espresso), Black, plain Green, bright Yellow and Mint Blue. If there are other colours I would be interested to know from readers. Design These pens are in the “oversize” range. They are slightly larger than the Pelikan M800, but slightly girthier and heavier as the weight is increases with the metal central band. Personally I don’t like oversize or very large pens and have therefore never bought the more recent range of large Viscontis like the Homo Sapiens and similar, which I find simply too large and bulky. The VGMs are therefore, for me, at the size limit of what I enjoy writing with, especially as I prefer to post my pens. The pens fit comfortably into my hand while writing (either posted or unposted) As always beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in my view, these pens are beautiful and very stylish. They have a happy, joyous range of colours with strikingly stylish bodies. Clips Their clips are the signature “Ponte Vecchio” arches and these are very flexible, making them easy to place in a pocket. One controversial aspect of the design is the screw on the top of the cap, which keeps the clip in place. For some this is a serious error in design, detracting from the overall aesthetics with a rather “industrial” and crude intrusion in colourful body. Personally I don’t really notice the screw as I have the cap posted with the clip showing on top, so that the screw always remains in the unseen underside of the pen, but I agree with the critics: Visconti could have produced something more visually pleasing (like the design of the Pineider clips which have a more discreet clip holder mechanism). Locking mechanism The Visconti locking system changed over time. Initially, Visconti used a “3K” twist fastener system, where the cap was secured with a twist locking it on three threads. The system is not really satisfactory: I found that it uncaps inside a pocket which is irritating as then the nib stains ink on a shirt through the inner jacket pocket’s lining. More concerning were reports by some users of cracking of the barrel through the pressure involved in locking the “3K” twist system. So it was discontinued and replaced with threaded locking: Filling system The VGMs have cartridge converter filling systems. The system allows international size cartridges which is helpful as one of the really irritating aspects of Japanese pens or some European pens like Aurora or Lamy is having to use proprietary cartridges! The converters are threaded which makes them secure. They do sometimes have a tendency to “rattle” unless the top section is tightened, which is the case in one of my seven VGMs. Nibs The nib is, of course, the soul of a pen. In this respect, Visconti excelled themselves in producing superlative writing nibs. My own preference is for fine nibs and Visconti’s nibs tend on the wetter side. From my research the VGM nibs ranged from EF, F, M, B and Stub. Generally, the VGMs have 14 carat nibs but I have one 23K Palladium fine nib. These have beautiful decoration as shown below These nibs are wonderful writers. The fine duo tone VGM 14K nibs glide smoothly on the page, with just enough feedback to make the writer conscious of the grain of the paper on which the nib writes. The 23K “Dreamtouch” fine nib is also a joy to write with, although it lacks the flexing quality of the 14K nibs. An added bonus is that these nibs can we swapped between different VGMs, rather like the way Pelikan nibs can be swapped between pens. OVERALL ASSESSMENT These Visconti pens are among the finest pens in my collection (which is mainly composed of Pelikans and Sailors). Their design, joyous range of colours and wonderfully expressive nibs make them a set of pens that give constant pleasure whenever used. Although I would, if pressed, prefer the Pelikan M800 or the Sailor 1911 Large range of pens, these old style Viscontis are a treasure that I cherish. These Viscontis are now sadly discontinued and, in my view, one of the worst decisions taken by the Florentine manufacturer was to produce the modern steel nib Van Gogh series. While these are perfectly decent writing pens, with attractive colouring, they simply cannot match the exquisite precision of the VGM gold nibs and style of their design. If only Visconti would revive them, just as Pelikan has begun to revive old discontinued models!
  2. I've got the itch to customize my Van Gogh Shoes FP and bought an Onyx jewel. Logo MPS comes right off, no problem. New jewel goes right on ... wait .... problem. In the middle of the magnet is a raised polymer dot that seems to go through the magnet. Since the new onyx magnet is smooth / flat on the bottom (the logo medallion is convex) it will not rest flush with the cap inset and can easily fall off / be removed with my fingers without a magnet tool. Looking for assistance here. Should I drill a small recess to accommodate? Should I razor off the dot? Couldn't find anyone with the same problem. Thanks FPN!
  3. Pen Pit Stop : Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night Welcome to the Pen Pit Stop. Here you will find reviews of pens that already have some mileage on them. More specifically, these reviews are of pens that are in my personal collection, and that have been in use for at least a year. I thought it would be fun to do it this way - no new & shiny pens here, but battered vehicles that have been put to work for at least a year. Let's find out how they have withstood the ravages of time. The fountain pen that arrives at the pit stop today is the "Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night". Visconti is an Italian company, that was founded in 1988 in Florence by Dante Del Vecchio and Luigi Poli, collectors of fountain pens for many years. Their products represented the rediscovery and relaunch of celluloid as the material for fountain pens (from Wikipedia). I bought this pen in August 2014, in the early days of my fountain pen hobby. This was my first "expensive" pen, that exceeded the 100 EUR barrier. But I liked the looks of it, and took the jump. The pen has been in use for several years now. Let's have a closer look at it. Pen Look & Feel The pen uses a beautiful "swirly" material, that takes its colour palette from the Vincent Van Gogh painting "Starry Night" (1889, oil on canvas). This work depicts the view outside Van Gogh's room window at the village of Saint-Remy de Provence, France. The name of the painting and artist are engraved around the pen's cap band. The pen body utilizes Visconti's unique eighteen-faceted design. It also features the famous Visconti clip, which represents the Ponte Vecchio bridge. The pen cap uses a magnetic click-on system, that attaches securely to the pen body. I've read about potential problems with the magnets detaching. But no worries, my magnetic cap is still in pristine condition. Fountain pens like this one are meant to be treated gently, in which case they will last for years. Uncapping the pen reveals a metal grip section. This is one aspect of the pen that I'm not fond of. I would have preferred a grip section in the same swirly material as the rest of the body. My original pen came with a fine nib... that didn't work: scratchy, ink just stopped flowing. A really, really bad nib. Could have been just bad luck, but I had the same problem with a Visconti Rembrandt, also with an F-nib. I replaced the nib with a broader M-nib, that is barely tolerable. Still on the scratchy side, but at least the ink flow is ok. Quality control on the steel Visconti nibs seems sub-par, at least in my personal experience (50% failure rate, and the other 50% is only just so-so). The pictures above illustrate the size of my Starry Night pen in comparison with a standard Lamy AL-star. Capped and uncapped, both pens are roughly equal in size. Posted, the Visconti is definitely smaller than the Lamy pen - the Van Gogh posts deeply. The pen is certainly big enough to be handled unposted, which is how I personally use it. Pen Characteristics Build Quality : the pen is well-built, and shows little wear after several years of (admittedly intermittent) use. A pity about the metal grip section, which looks a bit cheap. This should have been made from the same "swirly" material as the rest of the pen body. Weight & Dimensions : the pen uses metal parts in its construction, which give it extra weight. The weight is concentrated in the cap and grip section. The pen feels rather heavy, especially when you are used to light-weight pens like the Lamy Safari/AL-star or Pelikan M200/M400. Being about as big as a Lamy Safari, this is a good-sized pen that fits comfortably in any hand. Filling System : this is a cartridge convertor pen, that uses standard international cartridges. The pen body unscrews from the grip section - the threading parts are from metal, so there is little risk for wear & tear. Nib & Performance : the nib looks beautiful with its fine scrollwork and crescent-moon shaped breathing hole. But as I stated above, the nibs on my pen are not great writers. The initial F-nib didn't work, and the replacement M-nib is only so-so. A plus is that you can buy individual steel nibs as a replacement in sizes F-M-B at a reasonable price (about 20 EUR). I must admit that I was really disappointed about the bad nib performance - fountain pens are first-and-foremost writing instruments, and as such should write well, out-of-the-box. Price : about 195 EUR, including taxes. That's on the expensive side for a steel-nib, cartridge convertor pen. Conclusion The Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night is a great-looking pen with a beautiful "swirly" finish. But it is marred by a not-so-nice-looking metal grip section, and - in my case - sub-par nibs. The pen aged well, and still looks good as new today. The big question is: would I buy this pen again? To this, my answer is: NO. In hindsight, the metal grip section is not my thing. And I was really disappointed by the lack of quality control for the nib - it really sucks when you get a shiny new pen, admire its lines, then ink it up, put the nib on the paper and then... it refuses to write. Bummer!
  4. I have been steadily collecting most of the 'new' Van Gogh models, and recently bought a Vincent's Chair, which is gorgeous. But whereas the earlier releases had the painting on which the pen was based etched on the cap band, this one doesn't. Seems such a shame that they changed it. Also there is now the Red Vineyard, which wasn't included in the set of 12 pens released when the model was first introduced. What's going on? And can anyone say how it compares with Room in Arles, which is one of my favourites but seems quite similar. Thanks!
  5. Hello all! I've been an outside observer on this excellent forum for years now, but this is my forst post! I have a question for you. I need you help identifying whether or not a Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night I recently purchased is a fake. I purchased it off of Ebay from a company called Truphae, Inc. I could not find any bad reviews of them prior to buying from them, but, no bad reviews do not necessarily equate to a stellar company. I received the pen today and several things struck me: 1.) the top of the cap has an unusual Visconti logo. I have a Rembrandt and it looks a bit different than this 2.) the branding of "Visconti" on the clip is not black. It's actually etched into the metal. While I find this more appealing, I have never seen it before on a Visconti pen. 3.) the colors of the finish just seem "off." While I know each piece is individual, I don't remember anyone mentioning browns in their finishes -- probably because the actual painting it is based off of has little to no brown in it... Anyway, I would REALLY appreciate any input you all might have! Thanks so much in advance!
  6. Iguana Sell

    New Visconti Van Gogh Vicent's Chair

    Visconti launches a new edition of their Van Gogh collection, this time inspired by the art work Vicent's Chair. Available in fountain pen (F, M, , rollerball and ballpoint pen, the edition is made in green and yellow resin with palladium trims. The fountain pen's nib features a stainless steel nib. This edition will be available in June, but we are already taking pre-orders! For further information click here or contact us. Kind regards, Iguana Sell
  7. Iguana Sell

    Join Our Visconti Van Gogh Contest!

    Vincent Van Gogh was born the 30th of March 1853, this is why, this March on Iguana Sell we will be celebrating this amazing artist's anniversary, and we want to surprise you with a very special giveaway! Do you want to win a Visconti Van Gogh "Irises" fountain pen? You just have to follow these three simple steps: 1. Like Iguana Sell's official Facebook page. 2. Comment our contest Facebook post mentioning three of your friends. 3. Share the post on your account, mentioning Iguana Sell and using the hashtags #IguanaSellLovesArt #Visconti #VanGogh. Remember to ask your friends to "Like" your post. The person who has achieved more "Likes" by March 30 will be the winner! You have until March 30 to participate, we will announce the winner on March 31!
  8. A new pen is now available in the Visconti Van Gogh Collection - Shoes. https://www.penchalet.com/blog/visconti-van-gogh-shoes-pen-collection/ Vincent Van Gogh painted many still lifes of shoes and boots early in his career during the time he was living in Paris. This painting, titled "Shoes", was the only painting of footwear during his time in Aryles. The shoes with the laces undone are seen on the red tile floor of the Yellow House he resided in Aryles. Visconti continues its tribute to Van Gogh's work with the US release of a new pen; Shoes. Visconti has worked hard to formulate palettes of color that accurately reflect the technique and emotion of each of Van Gogh's paintings. Never before have pens been created that were inspired from a specific canvas - difficult work considering the diversity of objects and techniques used by Van Gogh. Through meticulous and painstaking choice of color and palette mix, each Visconti pen is unique and has emerged to represent a specific Van Gogh painting. The name of the painting and artist are delicately engraved around the pen's ring, and each pen is packed into a unique gift box that is complemented with a faithfully reproduced canvas of the painting. The pen itself utilizes Visconti's eighteen-faceted design, the many edges enhancing the vivid colors of the pen. As always, each pen may be personalized using Visconti's patented 'My Pen System,' and Visconti has employed their popular magnetic closure system. The new pen is available in fountain, rollerball, and ballpoint. Product Specifications Item Codes and Retail Price: 78323 - Fountain Pen $289.00 78423 - Rollerball $259.00 78623 - Ballpoint $225.00 Material: Natural Vegetal Resin Trims: Silver Lock System: Magnetic Lock Filling System: Converter or Ink Cartridge Customization: My Pen System Nib: Finely Engraved Steel Nib (F, M, B Packaging: Gift Box featuring a canvas reproduction of the painting
  9. ProfessorB

    Seeking Visconti Advice

    Background: Thinking about adding my first Visconti to a small (medium?) sized collection of five or six dozen higher-end Parkers, Pilots, Montblancs, Lamys, and Pelikans. Mostly post-WWII, but a few older classics. I write with virtually all of my pens. Imagine that! WRITING with good fountain pens. I'm just odd that way. I also make telephone calls with my iPhone. This isn't a good time for me to purchase an Opera, or any gold nabbed Visconti, unless I run into a "can't walk away" bargain, so I'm thinking about beginning with a van Gough. I like the looks of the red and blue resins in the Rembrandt lineup, but I'm a big fan of the look and feel of the van Goghs' facets. Question:So, finally, my question, which is about prices. I know the MRSPs, but not what one really ought to pay for a new (NOS or minty) van Gough. How good a price is, say, $175 for a new van Gogh? Is it: 1. Meh. 3. Solid. 4. Very solid. It's somewhat unusual to find new ones at that price, but you can if you wait. Look around a month or so and you can do this well or better. 5. A bona fide bargain. Grab it. Being a Visconti neophyte, and I'd really appreciate any input on this, or other, related, issues, such as comparisons to Rembrandts with regard to writing, look and feel, etc. If you find this a stupid question, I'd be curious why. Would also like to know if there might be a better place than this forum to post this. Thanks in advance for your assistance and tutelage.Professor B
  10. PenChalet

    Visconti Van Gogh Pens

    We recently acquired some older Visconti Van Gogh pens from the US distributor. These pens are new and come in a Visconti gift box. Here is what we have Visconti Van Gogh Fountain Pens These are the Maxi size pens with gold nibs. Most are 14k gold but we have a couple 18k gold nibs. The images we have are of the exact pen other than vanilla which we have 3 pens. https://www.penchalet.com/fine_pens/fountain_pens/visconti_original_van_gogh_fountain_pen.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Visconti Van Gogh Rollerball PensThese are the full size Maxi size rollerball pens. Each comes with a Visconti gift box. https://www.penchalet.com/fine_pens/rollerball_pens/visconti_original_van_gogh_rollerball_pen.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Visconti Van Gogh Midi Rollerball PensThese are the smaller Midi size rollerball pens. Each comes with a Visconti gift box. https://www.penchalet.com/fine_pens/rollerball_pens/visconti_original_van_gogh_midi_rollerball_pen.html
  11. Hi, everyone! I just bought a brand new Van Gogh with a Medium nib, and although it writes smooth and wonderful when it works, it also has hard starts and skips constantly! I'm feeling kind of glum since it cost me almost 300 bucks...and this was my first time buying an expensive fountain pen, too! I have done everything--aligned the tines a little better, flushed it, checked for baby bottom (doesn't look like it has it!) and the only thing I can find off is that the feed is very, very slightly off center from the nib. The only thing that gets it running smoothly for a page or two is if I open it and scroll down the converter in order to force the ink down; this prompts me to wonder whether the issue isn't with the nib at all, but with the converter! Is this a common thing with Visconti pens, or a certain kind of fountain pen in general? I am feeling silly that I just walked into the store without doing much research and took the recommendation of the person at the counter...do other brands like Parker and Montblanc have better ink flow? Thanks!
  12. Hi all, I have a question about the nib of Visconti Van Gogh Maxi ... the solid yellow version (Yellow Mandarin?). I have an oportunity to buy this pen almost new for 200€ but it has the fine nib (14K). I tried broad one and it was perfect, little bit stubbish, what I like a lot. So the question is, which type of nib fits in the Maxi? Is it the screw-in unit or the friction fit nib+feeder in the body? Thanks
  13. Good afternoon Currently a Mont Blanc 146 and a Waterman Carene reside in my collection. I love both these pens, but their standard black and gold finishes sometimes have me pining for something a bit more colourful. I have been eyeing up the Pelikan m800 in green for a while, having read innumerous outstanding reviews of it, but recently I saw the Visconti Van Gogh 'self portrait' model which I thought was absolutely stunning. Obviously the Pelikan is seen as a brilliant pen, a modern 'classic' but the Van Gogh is about £100 cheaper and looks simply incredible. The Pelikan is closer in size and dimension to my current two pens and it would seem the more sensible buy but I cannot ignore the looks of the Visconti. Any advice?
  14. Just curious about the nibs on the Visconti pens... I heard that European sizing is a bit different, not sure how though... is their Broad like a Medium? or vice versa? I've been debating a new pen for a while, between a TWSBI 580 and a Monteverde Prima... then while researching I kept seeing Visconti's name show up, and outta my price range so never really looked, but, made the mistake of watching a few videos and looking online, and that Starry Night pen in the Van Gogh series has me hooked. Maybe it's time to get a really good pen, vs a few mediocre pens. I'm looking for a nib that is about as thick/wide as my Jinhao X750 Medium. Thick enough to show off the shading of the ink, but narrow enough that my small handwriting isn't a blob. I have a few Lamy pens, which seem to run a bit dry, and the medium doesn't seem quite wide enough, but the Lamy broad nib that I have is a bit too fat for my handwriting. The Jinhao X750 M, is pretty much where I'm looking to be. What would the Visconti equivalent be? ... and I guess, compared to the TWSBI 580 and a Monteverde Prima, is the pen worth the extra price? Apart from looks, because I just love the look of it. Thanks
  15. A thousand apologies for posting this if it's already been discussed before. I just got the Starry Night Van Gough with a fine point nib. Tried a variety of inks and its just too dang wet for my tastes. I'd like to "tighten up the tines" and try to adjust the nib a bit, but can't seem to get it out of the pen. This particular model (I understand there are more than one) has the feeder/nib that unscrews from the barrel, but once removed, there is no obvious way to get the nib/feeder out of the tube that I just unscrewed from the barrel. (including picture of the nib/feeder/tube assembly that I'd like to further break down) Anyone know how to disassemble this part of the pen? I'd also love to hear suggestions on other ways to "dry out" this pen a bit. Was thinking of using a combination of the "TWSBI Method" and the SBREBrown's video method for reducing the ink flow. Any other suggestion out there? Thanks in advance. B~
  16. europen

    Visconti: A View To A Pen

    Here is a view of my first generation VIsconti Van Gogh. Note the pre-bridge style clip with clip screw, the warm resin barrel. 14 k nib. Writing sample attached. Any comments will be appreciated!
  17. I recently bought a Visconti fountain pen, and would be grateful for the benefit of your assembled wisdom in confirming (or refuting) my guess as to what exactly I have acquired. See description, followed by pictures. The pen was sold as a diamond jubilee limited edition, new and unused, sold as a unwanted gift. It comes in an original box, with the booklet in the box drawer, but with no warranty card. According to what I can find online, diamond jubilee pens were created as fountain pens (with a crown on the cap) and as ballpoints (modelled on the new Van Gogh, I suspect). The LE comes in two colours: imperial ruby (red) and royal purple. With the fountain pen I have, it looks like someone converted the ballpoint into a fountain pen by swapping the ball-point-and-grip unit with a steel, gold-plated Visconti nib plus grip section (and adding a cartridge converter). I presume the nib has been cannibalised from a contemporary Van Gogh or Rembrandt, but I don't have either of these models, so cannot tell. I like the design, which is my first multi-faceted Visconti, and my first with a magnetic cap. In fact, I much prefer this more modest (less extravagant) design to the bling-bling crown-on-cap version, which I would not have bought. I have filled the pen with Diamine ruby - to match the model - and it writes well (smooth, medium-wet line with some line variation possible). So, I think I essentially have an unusual and (in my eyes) pretty version of the Van Gogh. Does that sound about right? --- end ---
  18. Fausto

    Visconti Van Gogh Nibs?

    I want to pick up a new nib for my Visconti Van Gogh (2004)--looking for broad and/or medium. I don't like how the fine nib writes. Where's the best place online to buy one? I'm looking for the cheapest and most reputable place.
  19. I have three Visconti roller balls with "Van Gogh" marked on the center ring....two of them (colors Ocean Blue and an unidentified orange/amber) have an arched, flattened clip with "Visconti" on each side. I have a receipt for the Ocean Blue; it is a "Midi" purchased in 2004 for $96.00. No receipt for the orange/amber pen. The receipt for the third pen is shown as "White" but the pen looks more like the "Vanilla" color I find on the internet -- streaky white and tan. It was purchased in 2003 for $135. It has a different clip -- it is much slimmer and has "Visconti" only once on the topside of the clip. Can anyone provide me on any information regarding these pens, specifically why all three are marked "Van Gogh" but one has a very different clip, and why one pen was so much more expensive? Thanks!
  20. Lady P

    Visconti Steel Nibs

    Hello Visconti fans, I had a quick question: are all Visconti steel nibs the same? Basically, I'm trying to figure out if there's any difference between Rembrandt and Van Gogh in terms of writing performance, or if the only differences are aesthetic. (This is pretty important since Van Gogh is nearly twice as expensive as Rembrandt!) Just to be clear, I'm referring to the Van Gogh that's currently readily available in a number of online pen stores, and is (I think!) still in production. I believe Visconti has discontinued an older version of Van Gogh. I'm asking because, let's face it, I'll probably be buying a Visconti pen some time in the not too distant future, even though I arguably have more pens than I know what to do with. As evidence for my assertion that a Visconti pen purchace is imminent, I submit the fact that I spend way, way too much time looking at photos of various Visconti pens on the Internet. Ah, well. Can't deny those pens look gorgeous...
  21. Iguana Sell

    New Visconti Pens For This Season

    We want to let you know about some of the new Visconti pens for this year. Some of them highly anticipated like the new Van Gogh pens or the New Homo Sapiens. http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/van-gogh-pollard-willows-eu-8.png?w=637&h=407 http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/van-gogh-pollard-willows-eu-7.png The new first Van Gogh pen will be released in May/June and it has been inspired by the 'Landscape with Pollard Willows' picture, painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1884. http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/visconti-homo-sapiens-cristal-1.png?w=640&h=480 Another variation for one of the most famous and sold models by the Italian brand, the new Homo Sapiens Crystal. http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/merry-go-round-eu-1.png?w=600&h=570 And finally the "Merry go Round" Rembrandt pen. Vivid and light colours for a caring pen All these new pens will be available very soon at www.iguanasell.com If you want to know more about these pens, visit our blog about pens
  22. http://www.iguanasell-pics.com/photos/logos/fpn_logo_45_45.png See all our items @ FPN Visconti Van Gogh Fountain Pen - "Starry Night"Brand New in Box - Warranty by authorised Dealer - Free Shipping CHARACTERISTICS: Brand Visconti Description Visconti fountain pen Nib Steel Nib Finish Resin and silver trims Closure System Snap-on Filling System Converter/cartridge filling system (Not included) Dimensions (capped/uncapped) 13,8 cm ( 5.43in) / 12,3 cm (4.84in) Line Van Gogh Reference 78318 Special features: Van Gogh Impressionist Collection, a variety of pens motivated by paintings from one of the world’s most important artists.It is the first time that pens has been inspired from a precise canvas – not easy work having in mind the variety of objects and techniques used by Van Gogh.Through careful and meticulous choice of colour and palette blend, every Visconti pen is exclusive and has emerged to represent a particular Van Gogh painting.The name of artist and the work of art are carefully engraved around the pen’s ring.Each pen is presented in an exclusive gift box that is complemented with a reproduced canvas of the painting.The pen closes with their popular magnetic closure system. CONDITIONS:The item is brand new in original box and comes with all papers and warranty stamped at the moment of the purchase by authorised dealerList price: $235 - Contact us for a personalized offer Payment Methods: PayPalCredit cardGoogle CheckoutMoney Order (We have Bank accounts in the US as well as in Europe)Cash on Delivery (Euro Countries) Free Expedited Shipping (UPS or Fedex) to the US, Canada and European Union. Other countries, $18 (shared shipping costs) ABOUT US: We are an international company with more than three (3) years of experience in e-commerce, duly registered in the US and Europe. We are present on the most important Marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, ecommerce sites: shopping.com, yahoo shopping... and our own website You can take a look at our eBay feedback here or read the opinions of other forum members: 1 , 2, or 3 CONTACT:To contact us, just write us a pm, orsend us an email to info@iguanasell.com http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-1.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-2.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-3.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-4.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-5.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-6.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-7.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-8.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-9.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D013/Visconti-Van-Gogh-Fountain-Pen-Starry-Night--78318A10-10.jpg CONDITIONS:The item is brand new in original box and comes with all papers and warranty stamped at the moment of the purchase by authorised dealerList price: $235 - Contact us for a personalized offer Payment Methods: PayPalCredit cardGoogle CheckoutMoney Order (We have Bank accounts in the US as well as in Europe)Cash on Delivery (Euro Countries) Free Expedited Shipping (UPS or Fedex) to the US, Canada and European Union. Other countries, $18 (shared shipping costs) ABOUT US: We are an international company with more than three (3) years of experience in e-commerce, duly registered in the US and Europe. We are present on the most important Marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, ecommerce sites: shopping.com, yahoo shopping... and our own website You can take a look at our eBay feedback here or read the opinions of other forum members: 1 , 2, or 3 CONTACT:To contact us, just write us a pm, orsend us an email to info@iguanasell.com More Visconti pens on our website Thanks for looking!----------------------------- Website: www.iguanasell.comJoin our newsletter for special promotions and news http://static.anuncios.ebay.es/images/dailydeals/dm/icon_facebook_24.png Follow us on Facebookhttp://static.anuncios.ebay.es/images/dailydeals/dm/icon_twitter_24.png Follow us on Twitter: @Iguana_sell
  23. Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night Fountain Pen: A Piece of Art! The Visconti Van Gogh Impressionist Collection is a delightful range of pens inspired by paintings from one of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Each pen formulates palettes of colour that accurately reflect the technique and emotion of each of Van Gogh's paintings. http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/visconti-van-gogh-fountain-pen-starry-night-78318a10-1.jpg?w=640&h=480 This exquisite Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night fountain penis inspired by the iconic 1889 Van Gogh masterpiece “The Starry Night”, depicting the village of Saint-Remy under a dramatically swirling sky, which currently hangs in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/visconti-van-gogh-fountain-pen-starry-night-78318a10-9.jpg?w=640&h=480 Each pen is available in fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pen. The name of the painting and artist are delicately engraved around the pen’s ring, and each pen is packed into a beautiful gift box. The fountain pens come with a steel nib and cartridges or converters can be used. The pen closes with Visconti's popular magnetic closure system and every mixture of colours is different from each other, making each pen unique. An excellent opportunity to have one of a kind pen! http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/visconti-van-gogh-fountain-pen-starry-night-78318a10-10.jpg?w=640&h=480 Each piece in this timeless collection is inspired not only by Vincent van Gogh's skill and technique, but by the emotion and personality of his individual paintings. Your chance to make of your writings a wonderful piece of art! If you like this pen, you can buy it at: www.iguanasell.com

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