Pen: Visconti Lava Homo Sapiens Bronze…. Oversized
Type: Visconti power filler (vac system)
Material: Body is a mix of Basaltic Lava from Etna with Bronze furnishings and the filling system is Titanium
Nib: Large sized 23kt Palladium Dreamtouch nib
Ink: Noodler’s Red-Black
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
This happens to be my first encounter with Italian fountain pens. I got this pen around this time last year and I’ve been using it quite a bit. It’s a very interesting pen. It was the first time I found myself handeling a Lava made pen, fantastic to the touch, hard to describe, it almost feels like it’s a part of you…. I know that sounds weird but it quickly becomes the same temperature as your body and almost feels like it isn’t a foreign object at all. Visconti claims it has hygroscopic properties, not sure if this has anything to do with it. They also say that it is flame resistant and virtually unbreakable….. I did NOT put that to the test, however I did see one of the distributors at the store demonstrate that by taking a hammer to the pen….. needless to say he avoided the nib ;-).
Asides from these super-pen powers, this is quite the fine writing instrument. It is on the large size so if you do not like the big pens, you can get the smaller version, though I do believe that the Bronze/power filler version only comes in oversized. For the smaller one you might have to go with the Steel piston filler version….. There is also the Silver Power Filling model as well….. and I digress.
Anyway, great writing instrument, I’ve not had any issues with it at all, and the Palladium nib is really quite interesting, it’s not glassy smooth, but still pretty smooth and does offer some nice springiness. Don’t go trying to flex this pen, that’s not the point of this nib, but will provide some give with some pressure, almost like the Japanese Soft nibs.
A real pleasure to write with :-)