Updated: Aug. 22, 2019

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!

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



Visconti Homo Sapiens 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
  • Very well-balanced when unposted, cap-heavy when posted
  • Cap sits fairly far back on the pen so it’s very long posted
  • Size is perfect for Brian
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: 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: 

  • “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

  • 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:

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