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Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age Oversize FP

Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age Oversize FP

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One day I will buy this pen. I have always wanted one since first getting into fountain pens and I can't wait until I have enough tucked away to not hate myself for spending half a grand on a writing utensil.
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This is actually a good price. Be aware that the palladium nib is a soft alloy and not meant for flexing. Do not push this nib. It can be sprung/ruined easily.
cornerstonetom
I have the Visconti Opera Master Luna (Goulet Exclusive). I was a bit confused at first because there was a certain springiness about it. I contacted Goulet to ask and they told me that it's soft but not meant for flexing. So far, it's been a pretty nice writing experience.
Never had a Visconti that wrote. If I am going to spend that much I d rather give it to the germans to have a pen that works.
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Emiliovillegas
I have several, including two Rembrandts (EF & F), a Michelangelo Back to Black (F), an Elegance Midi (F) and a Steel Age Midi. They're all great writers. The only caveat I'd make is that the coating that stealthed the Back to Black nib makes it write wetter and a little more broadly than its Rembrandt counterpart. I think that's a steel nib, though; I've found the palladium nibs fantastic, and had an oversize EF Elegance but I didn't love the size. No experience with the Dark Age finish, but the palladium has been fantastic.
willentrekin
I recently got the Opera Master Luna from Goulet. I agree with the Palladium nib being pretty fantastic.
I wonder how much of the quality control complaints can be attributed to the ruthenium coating on the nib. I've tried out several stealth pens, and my experience has been that only Sailor got it right on its black luster pen. On the other hand, I own several Visconti pens, including a Michelangelo and a couple of Rembrandts (including "Back to Black" models), as well as a Homo Sapiens Elegance in the midi size, and my experience of Visconti's other nibs has been much better. I intend to buy one of the lava models, but most likely it'll be the Steel Age when I do.
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willentrekin
Didn't they stop producing the Steel Age? That's also the one I'd prefer.
Tali
I haven't heard that, but I have been told by a retailer that the midi size is discontinued, and I think perhaps across the whole line. But you can still dig one up with some diligence and luck; I bought one just last week and it's fantastic. The Elegance is a more inexpensive version of the Steel Age. You don't get the lava, but what you do get is a cartridge-converter fill, very attractive resin, and the same nib. It's like the Homo Sapiens line just decided to do an essential, luxury fountain pen.
This is a pretty pen, but it's pretty garbage. Found one at a local shop with the wrong price tag, and they were willing to honour it at a steep discount. I went through a total of 8 that wouldn't write before giving up. Stood there with the owner of the store trying to get them to work. I think 2 did work, but felt like someone dropped their metropolitan on a concrete floor. I eventually gave up and went with a cheaper Pelikan, which felt great out of the box.
I highly suggest giving this a pass. I don't think a company that is willing to put out pens that often won't even work for these prices should be supported. My bet is that all the youtube and pro reviewers get cherry picked samples. Additionally, I bought a Rembrandt from them a few years ago, and it has stopping problems even after getting a replacement. I want to sell it and buy something good, but I would feel bad about offloading it on someone that may not know the horrors of Visconti.
If you absolutely must have one, send it to a nibsmith before you even open the box. Otherwise you may be spoiled by the fact that it performs far worse than any cheap Chinese $10 pen. Alternatively, just buy a Sailor, Pilot, Pelikan, etc. that will actually feel great.
p.s. the cap's locking system sucks. It basically just pops off, yet is a bit of a pain to remove the correct way. Compare that to the Pilot prera which feels like a pen orgasm to cap and uncap.
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Agreed, Aurora is fantastic. Pelikan is good too (I own an M205/M605 x2/M805), but their design language is a bit too rigid for my taste (and of course we all have different unique tastes :) Also, two of the four Pelikans I own had nib issues out of the box that I've shipped off to Mike Masuyama to work his magic. One of the four Aurora pens had an issue out of the box, so Aurora is ahead on that front. "if you want it to write buy german" didn't hold true for me.
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I've had great experiences with German and Japanese pens at every price point.
I see only grey lines when I go to the discussions section of any drop. Using my iPad but get this on all computers, including iMac and Windows 10 machines. I am a member and am logged in.
hmgreen
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So after going through the comments, I moseyed on over to La Couronne, setup an account, and bought the HS Dark Age, my MyPen accessory initials, Pelikan Twist black, and a Pelikan converter for the Twist.. Used SBRE Brown's discount for 10% off. Grand total $509.74 USD. Free shipping, Tracking & Insurance, no taxes (as ALL online sales SHOULD be). Thanks guys!
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NeWaVdubs
Holly Smokes!! Could this mean I never buy an FP on MD again? Going to have to give this La Couronne a try.
Really thank you for the info
It has come to my conclusion that Massdrop is out to get me. I was initially reluctant to join the Bronze Age drop because I wanted the stealth look of the Dark Age. I ended up caving in and what happens as soon as my Bronze Age arrives? The Dark Age drops. Sigh, guess I have no choice, right?
I've owned this pen for around 8 months now and here are a few of my thoughts -
1) My god does this pen look sharp in person. While in retrospect, I think the one version with the silver/chrome trim is more my style, I don't have any regrets about getting the Dark Age. When this thing gets pulled out in a meeting, it always turns into a conversation. If you're looking for something that can turn heads, this isn't a bad place to start.
2) The nib on mine is an Extra Fine, which like the body, I don't have any regrets about, but from photos, it seems there's a minimal difference between EF and M. While feedback isn't something I notice in everyday writing, it's there and if the line difference truly isn't as big as it is in other pens, I suppose I would have be "happier" with the M. That said, even with an EF it writes so smoothly, I often think about the silly "Dreamtouch" marketing and go "Hum, yeah, I get what they're saying". Part of that is, I'm sure, due to how wet this thing writes. I wouldn't call it a gusher, exactly, but it doesn't spare the ink.
3) Speaking of the nib, the rumors of "quality issues" seem to be somewhat true. In my case, the first copy I picked up had a bit of a misalignment that created a lot of scratching, hard starts, and flow issues. Thankfully, the folks at Goulet Pens were amazingly accommodating and rushed me out a replacement that I've been rocking out without issue. While I love Massdrop's customer service and have had nothing but great experiences, the nature of how they source brings up a minor concern should the same thing pop up here. I have no doubt you would get a refund should you hit the same problem, but I would be worried about not being able to get a replacement (or two, as some folks have had to contend with).
4) Despite having the pen the better part of a year, I still haven't made my mind up about writing posted or unposted. The pen has a good heft to it overall, but sometimes, writing with it posted for longer sessions can feel unbalanced and back heavy. Unposted, it feels really well balanced, but I'm so used to writing with my pens posted that it just feels short to me.
5) Cleaning it is a bit of a chore in my opinion, so I wouldn't suggest changing inks all that often. When trying to find a good ink for it, it felt like it would take twice as long as my other pens to flush. So for me, I landed on Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi and I'm sticking with that until my bottle is empty AND I'm confident something will work better.
6) Here's a bad photo of my bad handwriting with this pen in a Code&Quill Origin notebook (100gsm paper)
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Juvenall
I own three Viscontis already and it is good to check to make sure they are aligned when you open them. One I got with two nibs, a 1.5mm caligraphy stub and a EF, and requested that the 1.5mm stub be installed. It came misaligned and I had to adjust the nib, but its fine now. Once you get that done, I agree the EF nib is slightly broader than most, but I still enjoy writing with it every day.
Juvenall
I agree - I tested and found the extra fine nib was the answer - I am in q for order but don’t know how to be sure I get ExactCare fine
La Couronne is having a 10 year anniversary sale, these can be had at 450 shipped worldwide.
SunshineCrazy
Dont forget the additional coupon code Gourmet10. Courtesy Of Azizah at Gourmet pens. Been using her discount for about 3 years now.
jsolar
That price was with the 10th anniversary 20% off code "10yearslcdc", not sure if still active.
Visconti has comprised their integrity and quality. They have promoted "23K Dreamtouch" nibs to replace their gold nibs which they no longer produce. They are pure junk, Sheaffer used to put palladium nibs on their entry level pens. Visconti has kept the price the same or more for a lesser product. No wonder their founder is gone. Palladium RIP off junk.
I would not recommend buying any high end pen or watch off Massdrop. Warranty is terrible, nib problems frequent, especially on Visconti and zero care given.
smileymiwo
Visconti is terrible with any retailer. Worst money I ever spent.
What's with the chipped paint on the end of the cap? Are these factory discards?
OrbitalSander
The cap emblem on Viscontis is removable. In fact they are intended for removal for personalization purposes. It's a snap on magnet. Replacement buttons can be found at stores such as ipenstore: http://www.ipenstore.com/visconti-my-pen-system-initials/ They sell for about $8. I doubt Visconti would discard a pen because of a replaceable $8-piece. They'd just replace it. My guess someone at Massdrop has been enjoying the pen a bit too much.
Does this version of the pen have a coated black nib or is it a straight palladium nib? The lead image shows it uncoated while every other picture displays it coated in black.
out0mind
Unless Visconti recently changed the design, the dark ages have a black ruthenium plated nib.
ESween
That's what I thought. I'm wondering where the picture of the standard palladium nib in the banner image comes from; it had me concerned they'd changed something in production.
With the USD strong, it makes good sense to buy from great retailers like Dennis at LaCour and if I may be so bold to suggest that Massdrop should focus on better prices and much faster shipping for US products. The GP discount helps, too ;)
So is it a stainless steel nib tipped in 23k palladium?
gartland291
No, the nib is 23k Palladium. Visconti is the only company who makes nibs from palladium.
I can get it for far less any nib size and itll arrive on my door step in about 10 days from the Netherlands. Clocks in right about $483
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And its free shipping over €150
Edit: Forgot to mention that coupon code comes from Azizah who runs Gourmetpens.com and is sponsored by LCDC and Appelboom. Its worked for me for the past couple years.
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jsolar
Seems Lacouronne have upped their price to 550 Euros, but your point is well taken. Wondering if you ever faced issues of paying customs and duties on an item such as this coming to the US from Europe...Seems in Canada it is Russian Roulette with the major couriers and customs.
1963
Make an account. If you live outside the EU it will adjust the prices based on that. If youre not logged in itll show you EU prices, which includes VAT.
Personally ive never payed any duties or anything coming into the US. most things come via DHL. And usually sit in customs for about 2-5 days depending on how much they decided to play with my purchases.