March 24th 2020, this pen has been discontinued

New from Visconti, the Vertigo is an elegant and luxurious fountain pen that’s sure to turn a few heads. Handmade in Florence Italy, the Vertigo appeals to both Visconti enthusiasts and those looking for a ‘next next level’ pen. It features a new beautiful nib from Visconti and vibrant colors. Watch our full overview video for more details!

While new, the Vertigo design is very reminiscent of the Visconti Opera with a new tapered look while being a bit lighter than the Opera Master. The Vertigo comes in 4 resin colors:

  • Burgundy Wine – deep pearlescent burgundy color like the wines you’d find in Tuscany swirled with a deep, solid black
  • Marble Blue – VERY deep blue, almost black, with swirls of a pearlescent royal blue
  • Tiger Orange – solid black swirled with pearlescent orange
  • True Black – pretty much what it says!

Visconti Vertigo

In hand, there’s a tapered metal grip that’s cool to the touch and warms as you write. Metal grips aren’t everyone’s favorite especially if you have oily fingers, so it might be best for quick notes rather than long writing sessions. The step is practically seamless and with it having a magnetic cap, it means there’s no threads at all. This gives it a very streamlined design when capped and uncapped.

The weight is a little on the heavier side at 40g. That compares to the Visconti Homo Sapiens (43g), Pineider La Grande Bellezza (38g), and Karas Kustoms Ink (39g). The body itself is only 24g, so similar to what a LAMY 2000 feels posted, or a bit less than a Pilot Vanishing Point. When not posted, it’s very well-balanced in hand, but becomes more back weighted when posted.

Visconti Vertigo

The nib itself is one of the most interesting aspects of the pen. It’s a stainless steel nib with 14kt gold overlay. It’s hard to say if the overlay is anything more than aesthetics, but ink flows really well with it, very smooth, and consistent. While this is certainly a premium to pay for a steel nib, it feels every bit as nice as a stiffer gold nib while also looking as fancy as it does.

The Vertigo uses a standard international cartridge/converter filling system with just over 1ml of ink capacity. It’ll fit both long and short standard international cartridges. With the price, you may feel a piston-filling mechanism is to be expected, but I find the cartridge/converter to be as appealing because it’s significantly easier to clean and maintain! It is available in Fine, Medium, and Broad. The nib itself is very smooth with consistent flow. Not much spring to it, very stiff/nail-like for a steel nib.

Overall this is a great pen if you’re looking for a solid performer with a unique nib, unique shape, and with a bit of flash. For more details and up-to-date specs on the Visconti Vertigo be sure to check it out on

Visconti Vertigo

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Visconti Vertigo? Leave a comment and let us know!

Write On,
Brian Goulet