Exactly 100 years ago, the tomb of Tutankhamun, the most famous pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history, was found. This incredible discovery proved to be one of the most momentous events in 20th century cultural history and to commemorate Visconti is proud to present the ‘Tutankhamun’ Limited Edition.
Tutankhamun ruled Egypt as pharaoh for over 10 years until his death at the age of just 19, around 1324 B.C. Though his rule was notable for reversing the religious reforms of his father, Tutankhamun’s legacy was largely negated by his successors. He was barely known to the modern world until November 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled into his intact tomb. The tomb revealed a hoard of treasure, intended to accompany the king into the afterlife, and gave incredible insight into ancient Egyptian life. The discovery also made Tutankhamun the world’s most famous pharaoh.
Visconti pays tribute with a pen that depicts many of the sacred artifacts and prominent features from Tutankhamun’s burial tomb. Particular attention has been given to the symbolism and bejeweled magnificence of Tutankhamen’s iconic burial mask.
The pen cap and barrel both feature a central band made from ivory colored resin, engraved with hieroglyphics and ancient images from the walls inside the burial chamber, using a scrimshaw technique, a complicated and time consuming process. The engravings are filled with black ink, polished and then hand painted. Strips of blue, red and green enamel are present throughout the pen, reminiscent of the pharaoh's necklace. A series of darker blue enameled stripes adorn the top of the pen cap, as featured on the Nemes cloth covering Tutankhamun’s crown, a symbol of the Pharaoh's power. A cobra is intricately carved into the bottom of the pen cap representing Tutankhamun's rule of Lower Egypt and adorns the headcloth of his burial mask. The design of the blind cap echoes Tutankhamun’s beard. All trims are plated in a luxurious brushed satin yellow gold finish.
The Tutankhamun collection is limited to just 100 pieces to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of his tomb. Each pen is individually numbered on the base of the cap.
Each pen is packaged and displayed in an ornate reproduction of King Tutankhamun's sarcophagus. The pen sits inside on a bed of red flocked fabric and can be viewed through the window covering the top of the display. The sarcophagus sits on a pedestal made of olive wood which is engraved with the name of the collection.
This fountain pen is is equipped with a threaded cap and features Visconti's patented Double-Reservoir, Power-Filler System, ink window and is further enhanced with Visconti's in-house, 18kt yellow gold nib available in Fine and Medium.
- Fountain Pens
- Ivory/White, Gold
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Resin, Sterling Silver
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Double Reservoir Power Filler
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Fine, Medium
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 18k Gold
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Gold Vermeil, Enamel
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 22.8mm (0.90in)
- Weight - Overall (g)
Reviews & Questions
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above.
Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:
Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write!
Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking.
You can learn more with our Fountain Pen 101 video on Filling Mechanisms on YouTube.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck.
It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:
How often do I need to clean my fountain pen?
We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors.
Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.
My pen won’t write! What do I do?
First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.
We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.
If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed.
If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help!