Wed. Review – Delta Dolce Vita

A customer who special ordered a Delta Dolce Vita (Mid-size) with a 14k medium nib was kind enough to allow me to ink it up and play with it, so I recorded my fun. This is a FAT pen, my goodness. The Dolce Vita is Delta’s signature pen, and holy moly is this thing gargantuan. I compare it in the video to a Pelikan m200 (HA!), m800 (even dwarfs this one), a Lamy Al-Star, TWSBI VAC-700, Edison Hudson and Edison Collier.

I was very impressed with the writing of this pen. I’ve written with enough pens to know that the more expensive you get you’re not necessarily getting a vast improvement in writing quality, but this one definitely delivers. It’s no wonder I hear a lot about this pen. Enjoy my vid!

Delta Dolce Vita, Delta’s flagship pen 
Delta Dolce Vita cap, with roller clip

Delta Dolce Vita centerband, 92.5% sterling silver

Delta Dolce Vita, 14k gold nib that writes quite smooth!

Delta Dolce Vita sitting in its home

Delta Dolce Vita, one large and beautiful pen

2017-10-11T03:16:18+00:00 July 4th, 2012|Pen Reviews|23 Comments
  • Rocky Huang

    Happy Independence Day Goulets!

  • Brian, that's a pretty good introduction to one of my favorite pens. We go pretty in depth with the piston filling Oro and Turchese versions of the Dolcevita in our review: http://fpgeeks.com/2011/12/delta-dolcevita-piston-awesome-review/

  • Thanks Rocky! You too….? 🙂 

  • Awesome, thanks Dan! 

  • Khomthorn Cunvong

    Thank you for a wonderful review.  I felt like the pen was in my hands.  =)

  • Rocky Huang

    LOL thanks. Anyway, that's a huge converter, looks bigger than a standard international converter. This pen is definitely a monster, I don't think I could write comfortably using this pen, but I can see why you and Dan like this pen. Thanks for the comparisons! Nice choice of ink as well, matches the colour of the pen extremely well.

  • RagingDragon

    Conway Stewart and at least some Viscontis also use threaded converters.

    I like *big* pens, so the midsize, piston, and oversized Deltas are among my favourites. My only Delta is an LE slightly smaller than the mid size, and it also has a smooth and reliable gold nib.

  • You're very welcome, it's too bad this pen isn't in my hands anymore 🙂 

  • Cool, thank you! I wish more companies has threaded converters, it makes life easier! From what I understand, many of Delta's pens are bigger, and also write pretty well from what I hear. 

  • Susan

    I've admired this pen for years! What a fantastic video, Brian. Thanks so much…and to your customer who graciously shared the love!

  • Thanks, Susan! I almost hated to send this pen out, it really was a joy to use 🙂

  • David Strick

    That is one beautiful pen.
     

  • That's a fact!

  • Miss Jane Gray

    I love the Delta Dolce Vita and have several different ones all with stub nibs.  The are just fabulous and the service has been wonderful.

  • Joe in Seattle

    They are nice. You would be even more impressed with the 18K two tone nibs they originally came with!

  • Nice! I love me some stubs 🙂

  • Ah, I'm sure I would! Still, this one is pretty hot too

  • village idiot

    Brian pretty much already said what I’m going to say. Besides it feeling as a magic marker in the hand, it skates across paper as if on tiny ball bearings. Incredibly smooth. The Italians whether cars, pens and probably a whole bunch of other things know style too.

  • village idiot

    Brian pretty much already said what I'm going to say. Besides it feeling as a magic marker in the hand, it skates across paper as if on tiny ball bearings. Incredibly smooth. The Italians whether cars, pens and probably a whole bunch of other things know style too.

  • Whats my name?

    Ive seen some of the dolce vitas come with some ink and a nice pippette and stand?
    I am wondering if that is only in the oversize version. also i have seen some with two tone nibs? plz answer.

    • somethingnottaken

      The Dolce Vitas used to come with two tone nibs, but changed to single tones nibs a few years ago. A pipette would only make sense for the oversize as it was designed to be used as either a c/c or eyedropper filler. I think the ink used to be included with oversize and piston, and the stand with the oversize, but that the packaging has since been simplified to reduce prices – I don’t think the MSRP has changed, but actual street prices for these pens have plummetted in the last year or so.

  • Whats my name?

    Ive seen some of the dolce vitas come with some ink and a nice pippette and stand?
    I am wondering if that is only in the oversize version. also i have seen some with two tone nibs? plz answer.

  • RagingDragon

    The Dolce Vitas used to come with two tone nibs, but changed to single tones nibs a few years ago. A pipette would only make sense for the oversize as it was designed to be used as either a c/c or eyedropper filler. I think the ink used to be included with oversize and piston, and the stand with the oversize, but that the packaging has since been simplified to reduce prices – I don't think the MSRP has changed, but actual street prices for these pens have plummetted in the last year or so.