TL;DR: watch the video https://youtu.be/Blugujo5E8A Prefer to read? Here's the written review If there's been any doubt in your mind that Visconti can make beautiful pens, the Divina Bordeaux should lay it firmly to rest. The Divina is gorgeous in photos, but in person it is utterly stunning. The wine-red resin is interesting and swirly, … Continue reading The (nearly) heavenly Visconti Divina Bordeaux
My relationship to the Visconti Homo Sapiens has always felt quite... personal. It was a grail pen for a long time, and arguably my first high-end purchase: when I bought a Steel Age for £350 from the London pen show I remember feeling sick and giddy from spending so much money, and just incredibly excited … Continue reading Visconti Lava Color: a new era for Homo Sapiens?
It's been going on a while, but Joost from Appelboom's 'top 3 fountain pen' video series has just landed on my radar. The premise is simple: ask pen-celebrities like Figboot, Azizah, SBRE Brown, Scrively and Brad Dowdy to record videos talking for about 15 minutes about their top three pens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HphQ-Tqi508 I wasn't invited to … Continue reading My Top 3 pens
I always get excited when the postman knocks at my door. Today I had extra reason to do so: he was bearing a box laden with some very special Italian pens from a dear friend. Chief among them was my grey Scribo, returned from its sojourn to Scotland. But it was not alone. Yep, that's … Continue reading Mail call: the Italian Job
On Monday, I fly to California. Again. That makes three weeks, three trips (and for those keeping track, my sixth trip this year). I feel like I'm living in a hotel. So it's time to freshen up my carry a little bit and get my enthusiasm back. I expect to be doing a lot of … Continue reading Travels with pens: colours for California
I call today's first-ever London Spring Pen Show, hosted by the London Writing Equipment Society (LWES), a great success. Or at least, I had a great time. Partly it's because I think I'm getting the hang of this pen-show lark. I followed my own advice: Go for the early bird entry at 9.30. The place … Continue reading The London Pen Show makes a fresh start for Spring
The "Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds" is a new release, and, like all the other Visconti Van Gogh models, it can be difficult to find enough photos to accurately judge whether you like the edition. I recently reviewed the Van Gogh model, so consider this some quick thoughts on the new edition only, and a public service … Continue reading Visconti Van Gogh Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds
Almost without planning it, I've ended up with five Viscontis — more than any other brand in my collection. And two of those five are the "Van Gogh" model, Visconti's relatively inexpensive steel-nibbed model (alongside the Rembrandt and the new Mirage, I guess). The Van Gogh isn't perfect — in fact, it has some of … Continue reading A portrait of the Visconti Van Gogh
I nearly didn't make it to the London Pen Show this year. After being in my calendar for months, a family situation threatened to derail plans. But I made it — and it was a great show. What was different this year? Well, for me, it was having my six-year-old daughter along. Crazy idea? Well, … Continue reading 2018 London Writing Equipment Show: success!
They say never to meet your heroes — they never live up to your expectations. Well, the Visconti London Fog limited edition has been one of my pen heroes since it was released a couple of years ago. The swirly grey and blue just did it for me in a way that the red Chiantishire, … Continue reading The London Fog has taught me that it’s OK to meet your heroes