Name: Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen
Maker: Visconti, Firenze: Italy
Colour: Matt Dark Grey with Bronze Trim
Material: Basaltic Lava!
Nib: 23k Palladium Visconti 585 Nib: Medium
Filling System: Visconti High Vacuum Power Filler
Length: 132mm (full measurements below)
Homo Sapiens is a stunning oversize pen from Visconti. The barrel is made from basaltic lava from Mt. Etna in Sicily. This material has a matt dark grey finish; is virtually unbreakable, heatproof to over 100 degrees C and slightly hygroscopic; which means that it can absorb moisture from your hand. This last property in combination with the warm and surprisingly soft feel of the material means that this pen has a unique quality to the touch.
The cap has a quick-action bayonet fitting with a sprung pocket clip. All metal parts are high-quality polished bronze for superb wear properties.
The filling system is Visconti's High Vacuum Power Filler - from the top of the barrel unscrew the blind cap and withdraw the plunger; submerge the nib fully into the ink; press the plunger back down and count to ten; remove from the ink and screw the blind cap back down; blot the nib with tissue to remove excess ink.
The pen carries Visconti's 23k palladium medium nib, a super smooth 'dreamtouch' nib which is a joy to write with. Visconti nibs have a strong reputation for quality, and this is no exception. The pen comes boxed in its original hardcase, with its sleeve and Visconti instruction booklet
There are no major imperfections to note, no chips splits or engravings.
The pen itself has some very minor brassing to the bronze trim, which despite this polishes up very well or can be left, we think the oxidizes bronze is rather fitting to the name.
There are some minor dark marks on the inside of the hard case where the pen is housed and the outer box shows a little wear. Otherwise a superb example
Why not pair with a bottle of J Herbin ink? A bright shimmer ink would suit this pen very well!
Length capped: 146mm
Length posted: N/A
Barrel length inc nib: 130mm
Cap length: 58mm
Barrel diameter: 14mm
Cap diameter: 16mm