Every year Visconti commemorates a famous figure in history. 2023 brings an incredible tribute to Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) as it is the 2300th anniversary of his death. A key figure in ancient civilization, the Alexander the Great limited edition features many details that pay homage to the young conquerors' short yet valiant life.
Winner of numerous battles and conqueror of many territories, Alexander the Great died in Babylon when he was only 32 years old, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy. He founded and re-established numerous cities, among them the biggest of the ancient world-Alexandria in Egypt, the center of the Hellenistic civilization.
Visconti crafts this incredible collection with a cylindrical shape, including carved details reminiscent of Greek columns. The map of Alexander the Great's empire, created by scrimshaw technique is darkened to make the depiction stand out against the ivory colored resin on the barrel and cap. The metal fittings are in aged bronze and feature typical Greek decorations.
On the central ring an inscription reads 'Alexander the Great' and on the bronze band of the barrel there is a gilded plate depicting the face of this fantastic figure. In homage to the Macedonian phalanx, the clip, also in aged bronze, is spear-shaped featuring a gilded shield depicting the sun, Alexander the Great's family crest.
The fountain pen features Visconti's in-house 18k yellow gold nib. It also features Visconti's famous power filling system with a threaded cap closure and is presented in a magnificent, custom limited edition box depicting Alexander the Great on horseback seemingly in the midst of battle with spear and shield in hand.
The collection is limited to 323 pieces worldwide.
- 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 Rotations
For pens with a screw-cap closure, how many rotations it takes to uncap/recap the pen.
- 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
- Diameter - Body
- 19.2mm (0.76in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 19.1mm (0.75in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 23.7mm (0.93in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 130.8mm (5.15in)
- Length - Cap
- 68.7mm (2.70in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 23.5mm (0.93in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 153.3mm (6.04in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 50g (1.76oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 34g (1.20oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)
- Max Ink Capacity - Piston Vac
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using the built-in piston or vacuum filling mechanism.
FAQs about Fountain Pens
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! Check out our quick guide here.
- 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. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.
Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.
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!
What's your return policy?
You can submit a return request within 30 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.
To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.
Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.