in 1988, two friends created a business from their common passion for pens. Visconti is focused to be a niche manufacturer of pens and time pieces.
The Medici uses a new material Visconti calls Acrosilk Visconti describes acrosilk as a compound of acrylic resin and silk fibers. This combination results in a material that hold a high gloss and with this pen, there is a glossy, luminescent wooden colour. This, Visconti says is to reflect the luxury materials that were used in the ancient Medici mansions found in Italy.
I acquired my Visconti Medici while in Rome, September 2017. Of course, a visit to Rome means a visit to Novelli Pen. Being in the store with Marco follow what is almost a ritual. I view pens in the showcases, and Marco accompanies me. He holds a leather/wood tray. As I identify the pens that catch my eye, Marco places the pen in the tray. Then we go over to one of the counters and I try out the pens. Then I had to start the painful process of eliminating some pens as I simply can't take them all. I take more than one, but its hard with five pens on the try that I like, and move three of them to be put back in the showcases.
One of the pens that remained of course was the Visconti Medici.
I had the opportunity to mee Dante Del Vecchio of Visconti at his factory, and we had a great lunch. At that time he was the force behind the company. He left Visconti at the beginning of 2017. We talked and his passion for the history of Florence is endless. This pen, named the Medici, honours the Medici Family. Any history book on Italy provides information on this Italian family. It was a banking and political dynasty. Verry suitable that Dante would create the Medici pen as in the 15th Century the family held a wide influence and shaped shaped the artistic evolution of Florence.
The rich brown tones of the pen immediately caught my eye. When I picked up the pen, and held it in my hand, it immediately went into the tray! The pen comees in two sizes and I selected the Oversized model. The pen sat in my hand comfortably. The Palladium plated ring, chiseled with the a lily which is the symbol of Florence, also caught the light in the room. This pen sparkled.
I like the facet shape of the body and cap. There are eight sides. As my hand moved the pen caught light from various angles and pen did seem to have a life of its own. I liked the faceted body as it meant I would not have to worry about the pen rolling off my desk onto the floor. The is stability and security with the body shape. Visconti ties the faceted body back to the history of Florence saying the body has the eight sides similar to the baptistery in Florence.
The cap posts on the end of the pen, and uses the hook-safe locking cap mechanism Visconti is famous for.
The shape of the pen, Visconti says, follows the rule of Divine Proportion, as codified by Leonardo da Vinci.
In testing the pen it lived up to my first very positive impression. The pen is fitted with one of Visconti's wonderful Palladium plated 23 kt nibs. Viscounti calls these "Dreamtouch" nibs. Well described. This is an incredibly fine writing nib. Of course it write very smoothly with the sample paper found in pen stores. But I also wrote in my small notebook that is in my camera bag. Wonderful.
Visconti provides a range of nib widths. The oversized fountain pen come in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad and 1.3 mm stub widths. The regular sized pen also has the 23 kt nib, but is only available in Medium, Fine and Broad widths.
Ink Filling Method
The ink fill mechanism for the oversized model is the Visconti power filler. Screw the cap at the end of body, pull up the plunger, with the nib in the ink press the plunber down and the vaccum fills the ink chamber. The the Regular Size fountain pen, a cartridge or converter is used to hold the ink.
On returning to our apartment I loaded the pen with ink and immediately started using the pen to write in my travel journal.
The Dreamtouch nib just floated acreoss the smooth ClaireFountain paper of my Travel Journals. I had regular paper with me also, and the writing experience was just as good. Now that I am back, I am using the pen the variety of paper typically found in offices and I really like the writing experience with this pen.
The pen is large. I usually post the cap on the pen, but when I don't there is enough length in the body to comfortably sit in my hand.
I selected a Broad nib and the Visconti Broad is a true broad, and the pen lays a thick, rich line of ink as I write.
I have another Visconti pen in my collection. My experience with this brand has been very good.