Pen and Ink Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age and Montblanc Golden Yellow

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age extra fine with Montblanc Golden Yellow bottleThe Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with its extra fine nib has been my favorite pen since I got it. Montblanc is my favorite ink brand. I had my doubts about the yellow ink but eventually gave in and got some. I figured the Bronze Age was the best choice to give this ink a fair shot. It’s a extra fine but on the wet and wide side of the spectrum.

Boy, was I wrong. This combination has been terrible. They’ve been together nearly a month and I’ve yet to write the pen dry. I finally gave in and flushed the pen early.

First the good. There is significant variation in the flow which contributes to some nice line variation and it looks nice as it goes onto the paper. Despite being yellow it’s very legible when it dries, although this does depend a bit on the paper color. The ink has a nice orangish tint to it. I like the color more than I though I would.

Now the bad. This never felt like a smooth writer, I constantly felt the need to press harder to get the ink to flow. Some of this is probably just me. Maybe my brain couldn’t process that the lightly colored ink was flowing well. The pen just felt like it didn’t like writing. Yes, I know that’s not a very good description and not much help. Technically all was fine, no hard starts and no actual skipping (although some close calls). I didn’t actually have to press harder than other inks, I just wanted to and had to resist the urge. Fast writing did result in very weak lines at times which bordered on skipping but I never had to step back a re-write anything. I’ll try the ink in other pens before I pass final judgement, but it does not get along at all with this pen. I’ve used three other inks with this pen and all have been a delight to use so I do blame the ink for the bad writing experience. Although, like many disagreements, both pen & ink probably share the blame.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age has already been refilled with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE, one of my favorites inks but new to the pen. I again smile while using the pen. The Montblanc Golden Yellow ink will get another chance after I’ve cleansed myself with some better writing experiences. I’m in no rush.

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2 thoughts on “Pen and Ink Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age and Montblanc Golden Yellow

  1. I think it is the nib… This ink feels better on pens with more generous flows. I had a similar experience with a Japanese medium nib (14k gold) which has otherwise been consistently smooth. But recently I tried that ink on a wetter German medium (steel), and it an excellent writing experience. I particularly like the shading into a soft orange at the end of every stroke.

    • Hi Carlos,
      I suspect your right. While I consider the Visconti nib wet, I prefer drier nibs so it’s relative. I could see hints of orange trying to appear at times, always on the wetter strokes. I’ll pick a wetter nib next time.

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

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