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Visconti Saturno Or Homo Sapiens?


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I received a beautiful le Visconti saturno in green as a gift. It has a fine palladium dreamtouch nib. A Homo sapiens has been a grail pen for me and I am trying to decide do I keep the gift or return and get the hs, which would be a price jump from the return.

 

There isn't much about the saturno except one or two reviews I found online. Was it a flop?

 

Appreciate any thoughts on the matter.

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The Saturno and the HS are totally different pens. I do not have the Saturno, but I do have a number of Van Goghs.

 

The Saturno is a much lighter pen and less bulky. The plastic is beautiful - and, in fact, probably my next purchase will be a green Saturno.

 

I do like the Homo Sapiens too, but it handles totally differently from the Saturno/Van Gogh class. As I said, bulkier and less precise. The nibs are the same.

 

Erick

 

Using right now:

Narwhal Nautilus "F" nib running Montblanc Racing Green 

Edison Comet "F" nib running Leonardo Officina Italiana Blue

Gioia Parthenope Extra Fine running Diamine Firefly

Visconti Opera Demo "F" nib running Green ink

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I've never tried a Saturno but the homo sapien line is one of my all time favorites. The size, weight, cap, etc are all just about perfect for me.

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Go for the HS 100%. Sure the lack of a ink window and the somewhat low ink capacity compared to other Visconti pens (even the HS LEs) might bother you but you won't find another pen made out of 50% volcanic rock that is pretty much indestructible that also looks quite elegant and has a great size/weight/balance to it.

Currently Inked = Pilot Custom 823 - 14Kt Gold 'M' Nib -- Visconti Kakadu LE #100/100 - 18Kt Gold 'M' Nib -- Visconti Homo Sapiens London Fog LE #785/888 - 23Kt Pd "1.3mm Stub" Nib -- Pelikan 100N Transitional - 14Kt Gold 'OF' Nib -- Pelikan 400 - 14Kt Gold 'KF' Nib (All Inked with Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black) -- Pelikan M200 West Germany - SS 'OBB' Nib

 
 
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I do like my HS, but it did take me a bit to get used to it. Now it writes fairly well, not as nice as my Pelikan 800s, but It does get it's turn in the rotation. I do believe we get used to the pen and not the other way around. I like the nice wet line and the material is interesting, I do wish it help more ink, but you can't have everything.

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