Ink & Pen Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Lamy Dark Lilac

Visonti Homo Sapien Bronze Age Extra Fine with Lamy Dark Lilac ink bottleI inked up the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Lamy Dark Lilac ink back on May 15th and refilled it once since then. It has an extra fine 23kt palladium nib that I love. The Visconti Homo Sapien is my favorite fountain and has been since I first wrote with it. I’ve been concentrating on using a variety of inks in it. While I may refill the pen with the same ink if I don’t clean it, but once it’s time for a cleaning I pick a brand new ink for the pen. The Lamy Dark Lilac is the sixth ink for this pen.

Lamy Dark Lilac is a Special Edition ink released this year. Actually, it seems to have passed to limited edition status as supplied have already started to dry up. I’ve also been using this ink in a Lamy Safari with a medium nib.

This ink and pen worked fine together, after all I did refill the pen once. But I wasn’t overly impressed with the look of the ink with this pen. It was a rather bland, dark purple on anything but the whitest paper. On the other hand, I really liked the look of this ink with the Lamy medium nib. So, a pen I love and an ink that shows promise in another pen, yet together they are rather bland. The ink performed well, no skipping or hard starts, it just didn’t pop off the page.

The Lamy Dark Lilac, while a fine ink, is not an ink that will return to the Visconti Homo Sapien. It’s still in the Safari and will remain there.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age remains my favorite pen so it will be back in the rotation sooner rather than later.

Ink and Pen Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink bottleI filled the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink back on March 13th and refilled it one more time between then and now.

The Bronze Age is my favorite fountain pen and R&K Blau-Schwarz is one of my favorite inks. This is the first time that these two have been paired and I had high expectations. I picked the ink to cleanse my palate after a disastrous performance of Montblanc Golden Yellow in this pen.

I wasn’t disappointed, it was a terrific writing experience, the pen and ink performed perfectly without any skipping or hard starts. Cleaning did take a little while. Flushing the pen until the water was clear didn’t take too long but then I held the nib in the ultrasonic cleaner. Ink flowed from every nook and cranny for nearly 10 minutes.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age, with its lovely extra fine nib, will get a little time off in order to give some other pens a chance. I’m having fun using different inks in it so when it returns it will be with something new, at least new for it. Likewise the R&K Blau-Schwarz LE will be back in the rotation in the near future.

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.

Ink and Pen Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with a bottle of Iroshizuku Fyo-syogunI filled the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun back on January 9th. Over the course of a month it got a couple of refills which was slightly off the pace of previous inks which had been running a week or less between refills. A logical conclusion would be that this has been my least favorite ink in this fountain pen.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun was on my Favorite 5 Ink list back on October 2013 and I still do really like the ink. Part of it is that this is a gray ink and it’s the middle of winter here in the northeast U.S. with many gray days. So I reached for pens that had inks that had a little more pop.

The ink and pen got along really well and I didn’t have any skipping or hard starts. The ink was also easy to clean from the pen. The ink flow varied just enough to add some shading which is one thing I like about this ink.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age didn’t spend much time without ink. In fact, it’s already inked up with a new ink. I’ll withhold the ink now for now, but my first impression is that it will not be refilled once I write it dry.

Ink and Pen Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age and Montblanc Bordeaux

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Montblanc Ink BottleI put Montblanc Boirdeaux in my Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age back on December 17th. I wrote it dry several times since then, refilling it about once every calendar week, sometimes in less than seven days, sometimes in more than seven days. I decided it was time to try a different ink. I like to try different inks in my new pens and this one is barely a month old, so when it went dry this past Friday I decided to flush it out and pick a different ink.

This fountain pen, with its extra fine nib, and ink combination can be described with one word – TERRIFIC! The Visconti has been used daily since I got it and it’s easily my current favorite. Montblanc Bordeaux is my long time favorite ink. This was a case of 1 + 1 = 3. The nib puts down enough ink to highlight the Bordeaux color but doesn’t gush ink. It wrote without skipping or hard starts right up until it went dry.

Cleaning the pen was quick and easy. Almost too quick for a pen that can’t be flushed by forcing water through it. I planned to immediately re-ink it and the Montblanc ink isn’t harsh so I wasn’t worried about removing every trace, yet the water water perfectly clear within a couple of minutes. I did hold the nib in the ultrasonic for a couple of minutes as some ink had dried at the top of the feed where it enters the section.

I let the pen site in a paper towel for a hour or so then filled it with Iroshizuku Fuyu-shogun, a past favorite but one that hasn’t been used in awhile.

As the photos show, the feed seems to be slightly misaligned with the nib. But since this hasn’t affected the writing and I don’t notice it when I’m using the pen I’ve left it alone. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

I could easily dedicate my remaining Montblanc Bordeaux stash to this pen, but I’ll let some other inks enjoy this pen.