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The Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen is appropriately named. It is truly a work of art. The variegated resin is a deep black with ominous swirls of silver. Every time I hold it in my hand, it reminds me of a dark and stormy night. The end caps, clip and center ring are all chrome plated metal. It came well presented in a rigid, two piece box with a carton board sleeve. Aside from the pen, the box also contained the warranty fold-out sheet and a single ink cartridge. The standard international converter needed to be purchased separately.

 

 

The pen has some weight to it, over an ounce. The single-piece, spring loaded clip is a great design and holds firm. The cap is magnetic and fits well without any play. There is a metal insert in in the body to accept the nib assembly. Although I don't plan on dropping it, I'm sure it would be fine if I did, as long as it was capped. The pen is well made without a single visible flaw.

 

 

The pen measures 5.50", 6.25" posted and is 0.625" in diameter. It fits well in my hand and it does not require posting. I choose pens that fit well enough in my hand that do not require posting. This pen lands somewhere in the medium size range. It isn't huge, but it isn't a toothpick either.

 

The nib is a medium, stainless steel. It is decorated with intricate scroll work with the words "Visconti", "Firenze" and the "M" referencing the size. The nib writes as smooth as silk with no noticeable feedback on Rhodia paper. The feed looks like a standard plastic feed, nothing too special there. It isn't an overly wet nib, but it does lay a nice line of ink.

 

It uses a standard international converter. Like other pens, it takes a few times to fill it completely.

 

This pen was purchased at The Pen Place in Kansas City, MO. The online stores sell this pen for around $148. I didn't mind paying slightly more to support a brick & mortar pen store. When compared to my other pens in this price range, I would rate the Visconti Rembrandt as being less of a value for two different reasons: #1 At the nearly $150 price range, a gold nib would be appropriate. #2 No converter was included. However, I did not buy this pen for its value. I bought it because I've wanted a Visconti pen in my collection for quite a long time. And it was worth the wait! Although it will never be my everyday carry, it is a beautifully crafted addition to my addiction.

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Wait a minute... a $150.00 pen with no converter??????????

If that is the way Visconti is selling their pens it really makes me wonder! What's the real cost of a converter to them, $1.00? Probably less in quantity.

 

As for the gold nib, in today's market place $150, is a "would be nice to have a gold nib" price range but there are lots of more expensive pens with steel nibs out there.

 

All the above is "imho" of course.

Thanks for the review and Welcome to FPN. :W2FPN: :W2FPN:

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Great pen and worth the money.

 

Erick

 

Using right now:

Beena Lincoln "F" nib running Jacques Herbin Rouge Hematite

Parker Duofold "F" nib running Pelikan Königsblau

Leonardo Officina Italiana Pura "F" nib running Diamine Autumn Oak

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Thanks for the review of this underrecognised pen. I have 2 Rembrandts, a blue and a purple one. They’re beautiful looking pens and great writers too. I’ve had mine for several years and both came with converters.

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perfectstranger77

Well, that's a little bit disappointing that it didn't come with the converter, but anyway, I'm seriously considering this to be my (also) first Visconti for exactly the same reasons :lol:, thanks for the review.

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Mine came with a convertor. Is it possible there's one beneath the white padding in the box?

no my friend. this doesn't didn't come with a converter -believe me i looked. i got mine 11 years ago and paid $117 for it. not a bad pen for the money, just wish the nib would be a wee bit softer.

 

PS. edited to show past tense

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MissCellany

Lovely review, thank you! My Rembrandt is a broad nib and in the "Midnight" finish- both are stunning, in my opinion! Thankfully, mine did come with a converter, and at $149 USD I feel like that's pretty appropriate for what you're getting (gorgeous resin, unique capping mechanism, thr "My Pen" system, etc.). Surely not what onr would consider a "bargain," but Visconti isn't known as a bargain brand.

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