Ink & Pen Notes: Visconti Brunelleschi (M) with Visconti Brown

Visconti Brunelleschi Limited Edition pen and inkI’m way behind on posts to this site so I haven’t written much about the Visconti Brunelleschi. I hope to have my This Jus In post for it up later this week, so I’ll skip my initial impressions about the fountain pen for now. The Brunelleschi arrived the second week of March and I immediately inked it up with the included Visconti Brown ink. At least that’s what I think the ink is. The Visconti packaging and marketing literature doesn’t get specific about the ink and never mentions a color. It’s a brown ink and if it was a special formulation I’m sure Visconti would have promoted that fact. So I assume it’s the standard Visconti Brown, which I’ve never used.

The Visconti Brunelleschi is similar to my Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze age. The size and weights are nearly identical. The Brunelleschi has a faceted barrel (8 sides) while the Homo Sapien is round. The nibs are also the same 23 kt Palladium Dreamtouch nib, although my Brunelleschi is a medium while my Homo Sapien is a extra fine. The only obvious difference is the material (and the color of the materials).

I wrote the pen dry in early May, so the fill lasted about two months. My overall fountain pen usage was way down overall. Plus, I don’t usually pick a medium nib for general note taking. I wasn’t passing over this fountain pen in favor of others. I used it whenever a medium nib was appropriate, unfortunately that wasn’t often enough. There was never any hard starts, even after the pen sat unused for a week or more. There also weren’t any indications that ink was evaporating from the pen.

The ink and nib provided a consistent and ideal flow, never a trace of hesitation, hard starts or skipping.

I liked the Visconti Brown ink, although I didn’t love it. I like Montblanc Toffee Brown better. The Visconti Brown dried fast enough to avoid accidental smudges, even with the medium nib. It was well behaved, no feathering or bleeding. The ink is nice enough and I’ll occasionally use the ink I have, but I won’t be buying another bottle. This is especially true since Visconti ink is on the expensive side of the price spectrum.

Visconti Power Fillers are always tedious to clean (as are all vac fillers). So with that caveat I’ll say Visconti Brown was easy to flush from the pen.

I will be refilling the Visconti Brunelleschi soon, I’m just waiting for my fountain pen usage to return to normal and I begin writing more pens dry. I’ll probably fill it with one of my newer terra cotta themed inks.

Visconti Brunelleschi with Visconti Brown writing sample

Additional Reading

A review of Visconti Brown ink from Alt. Haven

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Ink and Pen Notes: Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver and Visconti Bordeaux

Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver with Visconti Burgundy ink bottleThere was a time when I had a handful of Sailor 1911 fountain pens with various nibs. They all got sold off, leaving me with this lone Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver fountain pen. I bought this pen in 2004 and it started it’s life as a medium nib. In 2013 I had the nib ground to a stub by Richard Binder at the DC Pen Show. It was rarely used except when it was new or newly stubbed yet I kept this 1911 because it was shiny and had a less exotic (for me) Sailor nib than the others. The resin (plastic) 1911’s are too light for my tastes but the Sterling Silver had a nice weight.

I did have to polish up the pen before inking it up. I picked Visconti Bordeaux for the pen and filled it on March 28th. Visconti Bordeaux is an ink I like, but haven’t used very much. I was interested in seeing how it did with a stub nib.

Being a Japanese nib it’s a rather thin medium and about the widest nib I’d use for everyday writing. The combination worked well together, no skipping or hard starts. I did use the pen a lot, but it went dry faster than I expected so I suspect there was some evaporation, but no leaks or ink splattered in the cap.

I don’t have any complaints about the combination of the Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver and Visconti Bordeaux ink. The ink just doesn’t pull me in and its no Montblanc Bordeaux. Like the ink, I’ve no complaints about the pen but it doesn’t call to me when I’m looking for a pen to ink up. Both will get some future use but neither will be frequent visitors to my rotation.