Visconti Homo Sapiens Overview


Video Outline:

Unboxing – (:56)
Materials – (2:35)
Trim Options – (4:09)
Features – (4:59)
Nib Options – (7:40)
Filling Mechanism – (9:37)
How It Writes – (11:58)
Additional Features – (15:50)
“My Pen” System – (17:51)
Price – (18:46)

The Visconti Homo Sapiens is often considered to be a “holy grail” fountain pen among many fountain pen enthusiasts. The Visconti brand as a whole felt this way for us, so we’re beyond excited to be an authorized Visconti retailer, allowing us to offer this particular fountain pen to you. The Homo Sapiens is the only fountain pen that we know of that is made of actual volcanic rock! There’s lots to talk about relating to this pen, so enjoy this in-depth look at the Visconti Homo Sapiens! 

Brand overview/history:

  • Founded in 1988 by Dante Del Vecchio
  • A lot of innovation, artistry, and design goes into Visconti pens
  • Crafted in a 15th century villa in Florence, Italy
  • Homo Sapiens has been around for a few years now
  • Made of volcano!

Packaging:
  • Leatherette box (feels great!)
  • tray underneath for instruction booklet
  • bronze finishes include polishing cloth (raw bronze)

Colors/finishes:
  • Type of material: hardened basaltic lava from Mt. Etna in Italy mixed with resin
  • Slightly hygroscopic (absorbs moisture), much like ebonite
  • Virtually unbreakable, slightly warm to the touch
  • Very, very organic
  • You can have any color Homo Sapiens you want, as long as it’s black
  • Two sizes: Regular/Maxi (larger) and Midi (smaller)
  • Available finishes:

 

Visconti Homo Sapiens Maxi Bronze Age

  • It feels a lot like ebonite (rubber), slightly grippy feel
  • It’s heavy but not as heavy as you might expect being that it’s made of rock
  • grip: nice contour and won’t slip around in the hand
  • step: threads are a big chunky, but that’s because of the Hook Safe Lock

Balance/Feel:
  • Very well-balanced when unposted, cap-heavy when posted
  • Cap sits fairly far back on the pen so it’s very long posted
  • Midi size is perfect for Rachel, Maxi size is perfect for Brian

Weight:
  • Maxi: 42g overall, 26g body, 16g cap
  • Midi: 37g overall, 23g body, 14g cap
  • Definitely some heavier pens, comparable to Jinhao X450/750, Monteverde Invincia, Visconti Divina

Nib Options: 
  • Nib Material: 23k Palladium “Dreamtouch”
  • Design on nib: Visconti name with flourishing, very attractive
  • Two-tone for bronze trim, silver-color for steel trim
  • Feed design: narrow fins, little Visconti “V” on the feed
  • Available sizes on the Midi: fine, medium, broad
  • Available sizes on the Maxi: extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, double broad, 1.3mm stub italic
  • Some sizes are only available via special order through GouletPens.com for now

Filling Mechanism: 

  • Midi: piston with 1ml ink capacity 
    • similar to Visconti Divina, smallest ink capacity of just about any piston pen
  • Regular: “Power filler” vacuum with 1.5ml ink capacity
    • components made of titanium to resist corrosion
    • same capacity as Mont Blanc 149
    • more than Lamy 2000, less than Omas Ogiva

How They Write:
  • Ink used: Noodler’s Black
  • Nib smoothness: VERY smooth
  • Flow: incredibly wet, generous flow
  • Nib stiffness: very springy, good line variation
  • Line width is broad for most nib sizes, and very wet. One important thing to consider, especially when thinking about the extra-fine nib, is your individual writing pressure. While they do write generously wet, it may be possible to get a thinner line depending on your writing pressure.
  • You will need to refill more often with these pens

Cap:

  • Hook Safe Lock threading to close, push-to-post
  • Clip: signature Visconti “bridge” spring clip with the name on the side
  • Grab the clip to put it into your pocket
  • Centerband: says “Homo Sapiens”
  • Visconti logo in the finial on the cap, can sometimes spin around because it’s attached magnetically
  • “My Pen” system built into the top, magnetic jewels or letters can be put in the top

Comparable Pens:


Price:
  • Regular: $695 MSRP
  • Midi: $550 MSRP
  • Authorized Visconti retailers advertise full MSRP. You can see our best price at GouletPens.com once you add the pen to your cart!

We’re extremely excited to be adding this one-of-a-kind fountain pen to Goulet Pens! For more pictures and technical specs on the Visconti Homo Sapiens, check out Gouletpens.com.  If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment below. 

Write on, 
Brian Goulet 

2017-10-06T15:16:59+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Pen Reviews|9 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    The Visconti Homo Sapiens is a very impressive pen, I can understand why these would be grail pens. Is the feed be made of ebonite, that might be a reason it writes so nicely wet. The cap locks with a “bayonet” lock, like a camera lens. Very practical design. Can easily be capped and uncapped with one hand, and be very secure when capped. Soft understated elegance. Spring loaded clips are great, one reason I love my Lamy 2000. Thanks for a great review Brian.

    • Madigan

      Hi Tom! These pens are so beautiful and feel great in the hand. You would love them!

  • k patel

    Yes these pens are a dream touch writing experience indeed . However , the ink tank seems too small , it gets over very soon !!!

    • Madigan

      Hey k! Interesting point. I’m not sure Brian has done any long writing sessions with the pens yet but I’ll have to ask him what he thinks. Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

    • Charles Duffy

      One thing that helps a lot is using the traveling inkwell to get a fuller fill. I still find mine running dry fairly often (1.5ml only lasts so long with such a wet pen), but it’s much better than it was when filing conventionally.

  • Yunus Emre Sariteke

    Hi thanks for another wonderful review. One question though! Did I miss or you did not mentioned how to clean this pen? Is it easy to flush with water or can we disassemble them etc?

    • abdullah yeşiltaş

      RESİM

  • Evan Macdonald

    can you quickly describe exactly how the secondary reservoir is filled and emptied.. do I just unscrew it or do I need to pull the piston out a little?

  • Jack Brown

    My wife got me this pen for my birthday and it’s a fantastic nib! It may displace my first Pelikan as my favorite…

    Thank-you for this video. I was scratching my head trying to figure out how to pull out the vacuum filler. I, uh, have the midi version. Thanks for the clarification.