Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Pen Review - Visconti Van Gogh Midi (2009)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    North of Toronto, Canada.
    Posts
    828

    Default Pen Review - Visconti Van Gogh Midi (2009)

    Pen Review: Visconti Van Gogh Midi (2009)
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	photo 5 (2).jpg 
Views:	78 
Size:	44.7 KB 
ID:	341721

    Just like my other review on the Visconti Rembrandt said, I've wanted a Visconti since I first saw the Homo Sapiens and found out it was made of volcano ash. Still haven't been able to free up that $600 and my Best Offer on a BIN price won twice...so here's the second pen I won. :)

    Appearance and Design
    This pen is just a touch shorter and lighter than the Rembrandt model I got last week, putting it at about the same as my Sheaffer. The pen doesn't have Visconti's My Pen system so no customization here. That being said, the colours of this pen are just spectacular. It's a gorgeous blue with multiple colours (primarily white) streaking through. I believe this was the pre-Impressionist version of the Starry Night.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	photo 4 (2).jpg 
Views:	78 
Size:	41.4 KB 
ID:	341723

    Construction and Quality
    The pen seems to be constructed very well. It isn't as smooth in my fingers as the Rembrandt is and being a bit lighter means it feels like I have a bit more of a stable grip. The pen is made of resin and has Palladium accents and a steel nib. This one has a screw-on cap and requires three full turns to put on or take off. Definitely shouldn't get any ink from a leaky pen onto your clothes with this sucker. The nib feed doesn't have the visible capillaries that I'm used to seeing on fountain pens. It's a nice touch but un-needed. I kind of like seeing those capillaries!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	photo 3 (2).jpg 
Views:	78 
Size:	43.2 KB 
ID:	341726

    Nib Performance
    Smooth nib, but not as smooth as the Rembrandt F or my Sheaffer. I like the way it writes, showing more of the character of the ink than either of the other two nibs. Seems to be a fairly dry writer in comparison as well.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	photo 2 (2).jpg 
Views:	78 
Size:	44.8 KB 
ID:	341725

    Weight and Dimensions
    There wasn't anything that Visconti had (that I could find) with the specifications. The only thing I know for sure is what the seller posted, which is the length. :)
    Overall Size - 5 1/2 in. x 9/16 in. (140mm x 15mm)
    Weight - just less than 30 g

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	photo 1 (2).jpg 
Views:	78 
Size:	41.2 KB 
ID:	341724

    Filling System and Maintenance

    Filling system is a basic converter or cartidge. No fanciness there. I haven't done a test of the filling system yet as I'm still not 100% sure I'm going to keep the pen.

    Cost and Value
    The MSRP on this pen is $300+ (in Canada). I was able to get it on the 'Bay for quite a bit cheaper since it's not this year's model. It did say it was used but there are no marks or anything on the pen. It didn't come with the ink or manuals, neither of which was a deal breaker for me. No issues with customs for this one.

    This pen was actually a little cheaper than the Rembrandt I bought, probably because the Rembrandt is/was new and this one is used. That being said, the Van Gogh looks like it's new which was a key for me to purchase it. I didn't want a pen that was used and looked that way, especially at this price.

    Conclusion
    I love the colours on this pen. The nib I'm not sold on yet. Between the two I'm leaning more towards the Rembrandt right now but that may change when I've written a little more with the Van Gogh. So far I've only written up a 1/2 page for my writing sample here. It is nice, decent weight and a fine writer. Why do these decisions always need to be so hard??

    Cheers,

    M.
    Matt
    GRUC 2013 FAILED. Post 1757 for the list. :)
    2014 Shenanigans Still in :)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    North of Toronto, Canada.
    Posts
    828
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Writing sample. Please let me know if you need a translation.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	[Untitled]001 (1).jpg 
Views:	79 
Size:	48.4 KB 
ID:	341734

    Cheers,

    M.
    Matt
    GRUC 2013 FAILED. Post 1757 for the list. :)
    2014 Shenanigans Still in :)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Oshawa, Ontario
    Posts
    10,547
    Images
    10

    Default

    Wonder if the nubs are swappable

    The specs on the pen should be on goldspot.com if you want to add them in

    Beautiful pen, and great write up Matt
    James - "I got into trouble once, and have remained there ever since."
    It's not my fault, it's James' blame him
    One of The Three Stooges

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    4,341
    Images
    109

    Default

    Nice Visconti!
    Dave

    Dave258(at)BadgerandBlade.com

    Support B&B


    Need help or have a question? PM a Mod!




  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    KY
    Posts
    2,041

    Default

    Visconti makes such lovely pens, one day I'll pick one up. Thanks for the feedback on yours :-)
    "Swedish Snus....it does a body good!"--me

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    15,436

    Default

    Holy cow, that is a fine looking pen!
    Laughter, love and shaving!

    Celestino

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    Posts
    729

    Default

    That's a great looking writing instrument and a awesome review. Thanks for putting the time into doing it for us.
    How are you fixed for blades?

Similar Threads

  1. Visconti Rembrandt Review
    By rider4life in forum The Nib
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 06-05-2013, 08:29 PM
  2. Pen Review Visconti Bronze Age Homo Sapiens
    By Dave258 in forum The Nib
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 02-01-2013, 05:50 PM
  3. Visconti Homo Sapiens Steel Age Midi
    By Vlad in forum The Nib
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 11-03-2012, 01:40 AM
  4. Visconti Brown Ink Review
    By coyotewhisper in forum The Nib
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-09-2011, 04:11 AM
  5. Visconti Van Gogh Maxi rolller ball
    By Sam in forum Shaving Mall - Buy/Sell/Trade
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-02-2008, 03:30 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
By accessing Badger & Blade, you agree to abide by the Terms of Usage. You can find our Privacy Policy here.
Once submitted, any posts, images, or content become the property of Badger & Blade.
Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.