Ink & Pen Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Monteverde Burgundy

Visconti Homo Sapient Bronze Age with Monteverde BurgundyI filled one of my favorite fountain pens, the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with an extra fine nib, with Monteverde Burgundy back on February 12th and wrote it dry on April 5th. I’m a little slow getting these notes out even though there’s not much to say.

The ink & pen both performed nicely. This is Monteverde’s older Burgundy ink, now replaced by Napa Burgundy. I like the color of Napa Burgundy a little better, but the performance is similar. The flow was good and problem free. Dry time was on the long side of normal for most inks, meaning it was a little slow for my taste and I did have a few accidental smudges. But it wasn’t a bad experience and I wouldn’t avoid using this ink in the future, although not in a wide or free-flowing nib. The color is a little muted, which I sometimes like, and sometimes don’t.

The inked cleaned as well as any other ink from this Visconti. It’s a tedious process. Plus, ink has a tendency to collect where the feed meets the section. Normal flushing doesn’t clear this ink and I admit to letting it build up a bit and only dealing with in every two or three cleanings. It was time. This process has me hold the nib/section in the ultrasonic cleaner. Then fill the pen with water, wrap the nib in tissue and put it in a tall shot glass to wick the ink out overnight. This time around I repeated the process a couple more times. I can’t clam complete success since there’s was still ink on the tissue even after the third time. But I decided it was enough since the water was clear when it came out of the pen and I use safe, pen friendly inks in this pen. The Visconti Homo Sapien material likes to soak in the ink.

Normally the Visconti Homo Sapien would already be back in the rotation, but I want to write a couple more pens dry. While I won’t avoid the Monteverde Burgundy in the future, nothing about the ink makes me eager to pick it over other inks.

Visconti Homo Sapient Bronze Age with Monteverde Burgundy writing sample

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6 thoughts on “Ink & Pen Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Monteverde Burgundy

    • @wondernaut,

      It definitely has a unique feel and I can see that it wouldn’t be for everyone. It is a pen that should be seen and held before buying. For me, I really like it.

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

    • @David Oops. Yes, wrong heading. I made that mistake once in the article too but caught it when I proofed the article, never checked the title. It’s Monteverde ink. Thanks

  1. So I order the Visconti “Blue” and I received the “Turquoise” ink along with my new Visconti Home Sapien pen. I didn’t realize it was the wrong color until I filled the pen for the 1st time. Is there anything special I need to do to switch back from “Turquoise” to Visconti “Blue” ?

    • Hi Noel,

      No nothing special. Just empty the pan and fill it with Blue. The HS can be a pain to clean so if it was me I’d maybe flush it with water a couple times the fill it. The colors and water will probably change the appearance of the ink for a few lines, but it should sort itself out after awhile. When I want to thoroughly clean it I flush it a few times, then wrap it in a tissue and shake the pen (holding tightly) as if it was an old-style mercury thermometer. Then I fill it with water, wrap it in a tissue, and let it sit nib down in a glass overnight to wick out the ink.

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

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