Visconti Vertigo Overview
New from Visconti, the Vertigo is an elegant and luxurious fountain pen thats sure to turn a few heads. Handmade in Florence Italy, the Vertigo appeals to both Visconti enthusiasts and those looking for a next next level pen. It features a new beautiful nib from Visconti and vibrant colors. Watch our full overview video for more details!
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hey there Brian Goulet here of Goulet pens calm and I’m happy to bring you here a full pen video review first one we’ve done in quite some time Andy is working with me here today we are trying out a new format so I’m hoping that you can be constructive in your criticisms but also give us a lot of grace because we were trying some things out doing a little dual cam action trying to bring you more robust pen reviews than we have in a while so we’re gonna see how this goes if I happen to be glancing down at my computer a little bit every now and then please forgive me I got a lot I want to cover with this pen and I’m pretty excited about it so let’s get into it shall we so I’m excited to show you today the Visconti vertigo this is a new pen that’s come out that is actually kind of reminiscent of some Visconti pens that came out you know popular around ten years ago the Visconti opera now in the last few years we’ve had the Visconti opera master which is a larger version of this pen with some subtle differences but this one is smaller in size more reminiscent of the original opera and it has some of the brighter resin colors like you would see in those pens the Vertigo is available in four colors the first one is burgundy wine this is a deep pearlescent burgundy color sort of like the wines that you might find in the tuscany region swirled with a deep solid black marble blue it’s a very deep blue almost black I can’t decide which one it is I’ll let you determine for yourself and it has swirls of a pearlescent royal blue the next one here is Tiger Orange and this is a deep black bass with pearlescent orange swirls and the last one here they call true black which makes sense because it’s just black so the overall first impression of meat is holding this pen in my hand is very positive it’s got a very solid feel solid construction to it it feels like a really well made pen it’s got a nice heft and a build quality to it just like the Opera Master does just kind of an a smaller version so one interesting thing about Visconti is with the whole opera and opera master they have this squared circle design is unique to them and it has a very distinctive kind of shape to it they played off that shape with the vertigo it has kind of a squared circle thing but they added a little twist to it it has a taper so that it tapers to kind of a diamond shape instead of a square as it goes to the end it’s very interesting the taper gives an element of depth to the pen that I really appreciate and as an added bonus when you have the pen on capped and you leave it sitting on your desk it’s not going to roll away so holding the pen in my hand the hand feel is something really important to me because I’m an avid writer I know a lot of you watching this video you’re actually going to write with this pen so let’s talk about the grip it’s a smooth metal grip which I know is not everyone’s absolute favorite but it is kind of cool to the touch and it warms up a little bit as you use it that is one neat thing about metal grips that you don’t necessarily get with resin but for me personally although I’m not the biggest fan of metal groups this one’s not so bad because it’s got a flare at the end so it gives your fingers a place to kind of stop and then also it has a little bit of a rest kind of right here right where it doesn’t have any threads because it’s a magnetic cap but it does have this one little notch that helps seat the cap in the right place and my thumb just falls right on that notch and helps give me a nice grip on the resin that’s gonna vary depending on your hold but that’s how it works for me so the step is practically seamless which is awesome because it doesn’t have any threads that magnetic cap makes it so that there’s hardly anything to get in the way of your thumb the grip diameter this pen is 10 millimeters which I find to be right in kind of that sweet spot not too small not too big I have bigger hands and it’s it’s right in a good spot for me I know a lot of other pens that tend to be really popular with people of kind of all hand sizes 10 millimeters is a really good spot to be overall the pen weighs 40 grams and you’re like what the heck does that mean that’s a bit on the heavier side that’s gonna be something closer to a Visconti homosapiens in the lava version maybe a pen hider luck rendezvous lates uh but when you’re holding it in writing it with just the body not with the cap posted it’s only 24 grams so a lot of the weight is in the cap and because of the length of the pen and everything I actually find it to be quite comfortable to use unposted when you have it like that then the weight is only about what it would be with a Lommy mm if it were posted and actually slightly less than a Pilate vanishing point so it’s a very workable weight the balance feels really good in my hand especially with the body only because you got the metal grip section the metal finial on the end who really balances it out nicely when you do post the pen it adds some weight to the back and makes it a little bit back heavy as most pens would be that way unless it was just a really really light cap but it still kind of seats it nicely in my hand if you had a smaller hand it may make it a little too back weighted but then I think you would be very comfortable using the pen unposted I know one thing we’ve got to talk about on this pen is the nib because it has a unique nib so the base of the nib it has engraved the Visconti name as well as the nib size indicator and you can also see this 14 karat gold overlay that’s over top of the stainless steel nib now I don’t know whether that’s aesthetic thing or whether it serves any type of functional purpose all I know is just a really nice writing nib that looks pretty interesting and it’s the first one that Visconti’s done to this type it’s around a number five size and I actually did some experimentation you can swap this if you’re brave enough to yank it out of the pen you can swap it with a Visconti Van Gogh or Rembrandt so any of the other Visconti stainless steel nibs I tried swapping it with a standard number five Yogo nib that one felt a little small so I think these nibs are kind of in between they’re kind of a proprietary size so I wouldn’t really swap those too much so this is certainly kind of a premium pen for having a stainless steel nib on it I will fully admit that but it’s not just to look pretty it’s actually a really nice functioning pen that writes really well and we’ll get into that in a minute so the Vertigo has a magnetic cap which Visconti is no stranger to having that on their pens but what’s interesting about this magnetic cap is because of the kind of squared design it has to fit in a proper orientation so it has these notches kind of cut into the grip area that allow the pen to go and seat in the right place and it has this very satisfying kind of like you know crispy noise to it that I really like a lot so it has that magnetic cap but if you want to post it it’s just a push to post on the back so you kind of press it on there it does have to be posted in kind of a certain orientation because of that faceted design but it goes on there pretty securely if you choose to do it that way the clip on this pen is the kind of classic Visconti bridge clip so this is modeled after the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence Italy it has the Visconti logo laser engraved on the side which makes it a little more subtle than some of the enameled clips that they’ve had in the past and it’s a spring clip which is really nice because you can fit it over any thickness of clothing pretty much and then in the finial on the top it has the Visconti logo just like you see a lot of their other pens so the center band is fairly distinct because it’s so fat if you can this really hard not to see it but it doesn’t have a lot of kind of ornate designs on it it just has a subtle Visconti v right underneath the clip so let’s talk about the filling mechanism for the Vertigo it’s a standard international cartridge converter pen pretty easy to undo one of my favorite things about this pen actually is how smooth threads are between the body and the grip of the pen I don’t know that’s just something I noticed with this pen but comes with the converter included and it’s a threaded converter so you can be sure that it’s in there securely which is really nice when you have a pen like this with a metal grip that means that when you go to ink it inside your bottle you’re not to worry about the grip dropping into the ink bottle because it’s kind of heavy so that’s a really nice feature there it also fits both short and long standard international cartridges so you can use either one on the go if you don’t want to use a converter with bottled ink I know because of the price of this pen that you can be thinking okay why doesn’t it have a piston or why does it have some other type of fancy filling mechanism and look I get it that’s kind of legit sometimes that’s an expectation but honestly I got nothing wrong with a cartridge converter pen especially because it makes it so easy to swap in between inks and with a nice writing pen like this you may want to do that more I love using the bulb syringe it’s one of the best tools that I’ve ever discovered in my fountain pen usage history for cleaning out pens because you just stick it right on the back you flush clean water through it and you’re pretty much ready to go so let’s ink this bad boy up and take it for a test drive so I grab the bottle of Visconti because I thought that would be appropriate but you can really use any ink you want I think a great ink for this pen would be anything kind of conventional you know I mean you could put some sparkly stuff in here but really I think a convention it just kind of calls for a more of a conventional ink so it’s a cartridge converter pen so you just kind of stick it down in there pull up on it take a little bit slow bring it back down you know if you want to get a really full filling and then you bring it back up again and that’s pretty much it you just kind of wipe it off on the side a little bit you grab your paper towel give it a little wipe thing about this is got that inlay so you got to take the paper towel and kind of DAB in there at the inlay it’s just a little extra step it depends on how particular you are about that this is pretty much good to go for me so now we got this thing inked up I chose the broad nib because I feel like the broad needs a little love Rachael’s really been into broads lately and so I’m gonna give the broad nib something some attention here but I dress I grab the true blue because I love blue but really all the pens look good so right after inking it up just want to kind of give it a few scribbles to get it going the Visconti ink is a little on the wet side so that actually gosh that feels nice all these nibs I find to be really smooth I’ve written with all of them previously to do the nib nook writing samples I’m not gonna ink all of them up today but Wow very nice wet consistent flow I don’t find the broad to be the absolute broadest wettest broad out there but it definitely gives some some wet flow I have Rodya 80 gram dot pad paper here today which really shows this this ink nicely and gives a smooth writing experience for the pen the fine I find to be somewhere in between a Lommy mm and a pilot vanishing point so it’s definitely more on kind of like the European side I believe it’s Bach that makes these nibs from Germany so it’s gonna definitely have more of a European writing feel not quite as fine as the the vanishing point but not quite as broad as the Lamia mm fine if you go with the medium the medium is going to be kind of more true to mostly to other mediums that you see out there and then the broad actually I don’t feel that it’s quite as bro even as the pilot vanishing point is the vanishing point I feel is a broader spectrum and I’m going with that pen because I think a lot of you maybe have some familiarity with it so all around pretty good nice range of nib sizes there between the fine medium and broad so these nibs the stainless steel nibs from Visconti I really like especially if you’re familiar with the Rembrandt or the van Gogh it’s gonna feel a lot like that very smooth not that much feedback Visconti does a really good job and gives attention to their stainless steel nibs they’re very stiff though they don’t have a lot of springiness to it so if I write kind of just with regular lines I get that and if I press harder I can get a wetter line a tiny bit wider but it’s definitely not anything where you’re you’re getting a lot of line variations so I would say don’t buy it for that reason just expect a pretty consistent flow of ink to come out of the pen the Pens gonna write really well it’s gonna feel good on most papers it might bleed through with somewhat like the medium and broad on some of the cheaper papers so I would kind of go towards the fine range if that’s how you intend to use it but if you’re buying your own paper and you can kind of lay it down as thick as you want and go nuts good get something that puts down a lot of ink and I think you’re really gonna enjoy the way that this pen writes and then as far as ink choices for this pen you can pretty much go with whatever you want because it’s so easy to clean you really don’t have to limit yourself too much the nib can pretty much take whatever it is that you want to put down but I don’t know something about this pen to me just really calls for something like Visconti anchor may be a pilot or oshizu coo caron junior bond something a little more conservative where you’re not going to have wild properties but just really smooth flowing nice shading inks I think it would suit well in a pen like this I like to write with my pen at a fairly low angle so that writes really smooth for me I find that it writes ever so slightly thinner if you hold it at a steeper angle that’s not unusual most pens are ground that way so you can expect that the way that I’m writing here is going to be kind of the broadest the wettest that you could expect but all around feels really good so let’s talk about the price it’s four hundred and seventy five dollars MSRP you can log in to Google a fence calm if you see the best price that we have available for it so it’s not a super cheap pen I would consider this to be in kind of the luxury pens category keeping in mind you know you’re gonna have Italian craftsmen and crafts women that are working on this in Florence Italy so there’s definitely kind of a romanticism that goes into the craftsmanship of these pens I think the Vertigo is going to be a really great pen if you want something that’s got a unique nib kind of an interesting contemporary design and is just a really solid performer for more details and up to date specs on the Visconti vertigo be sure to check it out on google 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