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Visconti Breeze And Van Gogh Reviews


drathbun
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I bought my Visconti Van Gogh "Starry Night" exactly one month ago. I have not done a video or written review of the pen because I wanted to write with the pen for a decent amount of time before forming my thoughts. Well, I formed my thoughts fairly quickly but never got around to the review. Now that I've purchased another Visconti; the "Breeze" for my wife for her birthday, I thought I'd put the two together into a joint unboxing, comparison review. So I did a video of the unboxing yesterday and compared the Van Gogh to the new model Breeze. I'm posting the YouTube review here, but in the next reply, I will write out my thoughts on the Van Gogh using the standard review format.

 

The video review is longer than my usual videos because it has an unboxing, a presentation of the gift and then a head to head comparison and writing samples of both pens. I've put an index in the description to skip ahead if you choose.

 

 

"There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know 'till he takes up the pen and writes."

- William Thackeray

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I've been a lover of all things Post Impressionist since I was a teenager and I'll be 63 next month. So when I saw this Van Gogh "Starry Night" fountain pen, I just had to have it. Luckily there was one in stock at my local Visconti dealer and I was able to test it before I purchased it. I've been writing with it almost every day for a month and here are my brief impressions (or post-impressions) of it in the forum's format.

 

Maker: Visconti Colour Material: Blue / Green / Yellow Resin

Model: Van Gogh "Starry Night" Cost: $315 Cdn.


  1. Appearance & Design (1-10)9



I love the design and look of this pen! From the beautiful resin in the colours of "Starry Night" to the faceted body and the magnetic closure, this pen is one I will treasure always. I paid the premium a steel-nibbed pen because of the "work of art" here. I would have liked the section to be the same material as the body.


  1. Construction & Quality (1-10) 9



I found a small crack in the resin of the barrel, but the dealer replaced it within a week. Other than that, the craftsmanship is flawless.


  1. Weight & Dimensions (1-10)



Length: 140mm capped, 124mm uncapped, 155mm posted

Weight: 30g (total), 19g (uncapped)

Barrel Diameter: 13mm Section Diameter: 10mm


  1. Nib & Performance (1-10) – 10



This pen wrote right out of the box. It required no tuning. It is as smooth as butter with just a hint of feedback. The flow is excellent and the pen starts first time, every time and does not dry out.


  1. Filling System & Maintenance (1-10) - 10



The converter works fine and is completely disassemblable.


  1. Cost & Value (1-10)8



I have deducted a couple of points because of the price. Even though this pen is gorgeous and writes beautifully, I believe it is still overpriced for a steel-nibbed pen. I would consider $190US (~250 Cdn) to be more reasonable.


  1. Conclusion (Final score, xx/6) - 9.3



I love this pen and will write with it constantly for a long time. I don't think it will ever not be inked up. Visconti has improved the nib - next, they need to add the resin to the section and lower the price by about $50US.

 

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"There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know 'till he takes up the pen and writes."

- William Thackeray

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