on saleVisconti Homo Sapiens Crystal Dream Fountain Pen

Product Code VI-KP15-13-01-FP-F

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on saleVisconti Homo Sapiens Crystal Dream Fountain Pen

Product Code VI-KP15-13-01-FP-F

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MSRP $1,195.00

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The Homo Sapiens Crystal Dream is an exceptional fountain pen, showcasing all of the unique benefits of the original, award-winning Homo Sapiens with several upgrades and modifications:

Crystal Ink Chamber: The most discernible modification to the body of the pen is the addition of a large transparent window made from crystal acrylic resin. A large section of lava has been cut out of the pens body and replaced with a piece of clear crystal acrylic tube, transforming the pen into a demonstrator with a unique appearance and identity. This 'oversize' window offers the user a view of stored ink inside the pen and the pens 'double reservoir' power filling system

Double Reservoir: The original Homo Sapiens featured Visconti's 'single reservoir' power filling system. The Crystal Dream is upgraded to Visconti's patented 'double reservoir' power filler, a vacuum filling system that is easy to use and has considerable benefits. Patented in 1998, this is arguably the most advanced filling system ever developed in fountain pen history. The user is able to fill the pen with the equivalent of 10 cartridges of ink, and thanks to the two reservoirs, prevents ink from leaking during air travel.

Crystal Ring: The final change is the small ring around the pens grip section. Metal has been replaced with crystal acrylic resin, offering a view of stored ink in the pens second smaller ink reservoir.

As with the original Homo Sapiens, the Crystal Dream is made from volcanic lava rock making the pen virtually unbreakable, naturally hygroscopic and very comfortable to write with. All trims are made from natural bronze and the cap closes with Visconti's patented 'hook safe lock'. The Homo Sapiens Crystal Dream is a must-have for every Visconti pen enthusiast.

The Homo Sapiens is handmade from hardened basaltic lava sourced from the Mount Etna volcano in Italy, with a trim made of solid bronze. Visconti lava is virtually unbreakable, comfortable and warm to the touch - and slightly hygroscopic, absorbing moisture from your hand. The basaltic lava is mixed with resin to create this pen.

The pen caps using the Visconti 'Hook Safe Lock', a revolutionary capping system so you can cap a pen without worrying about the cap accidentally unscrewing in your pocket and leaking. The fountain pen's double reservoir vacuum power filler is made of titanium to resist ink corrosion, and it features a rose gold-plated oversized 18k gold nib to match the trim color.

Fountain Pens

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

Body Material
Basaltic Lava and Resin
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).

Hook Safe Lock
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
Basaltic Lava
Nib Size
Nib Color
Rose Gold
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).

Diameter - Body
14mm (0.55in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
16.5mm (0.65in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
21mm (0.83in)
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.

132mm (5.20in)
Length - Cap
59.3mm (2.33in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

24.3mm (0.96in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
146mm (5.75in)
Length - Overall (Posted)

When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.

173.4mm (6.83in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

24g (0.85oz)
Weight - Cap
17g (0.60oz)
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.


Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Previn W.
Write's like a dream

I decided to splurge on this pen to celebrate getting a raise at work. What can I say. There's nothing to complain about this pen. It write's smooth every time with no feedback despite the extra fine nib. I love the vacuum filling system that quickly fills the pen. The ink reservoir is large and I love the two ink windows that can remind to fill up before a trip. Not sure I can find a pen better than this.

Ashi K.
Worth every Penny Guys! :)

I got mine in a Extra Fine nib size and it writes like a Japanese Fine which is perfect for small writing and for Drawing! The nib is as smooth as my Japanese PIlot Custom 823, in other words this pen is the italian equivalent of the custom 823! Now, you've probably seen videos online were people write with this pen in either a fine or extra fine and the line of ink being produced is equal to a medium even though the nib is a fine or extra fine and that is because the people doing the writing samples are writing in a lazy manner and putting too much pressure on the nib! Trust me this pen in a extra fine is perfect for small writing and detailed drawing and it will not disappoint. The ink I used is pilot iroshizuku Tsuki-yo because I wanted to see a Beautiful color moving around in the ink chambers and this pen is basically a lamy 2000 makrolon but better in every way; lamy 2000 makrolon has a sturdy barrel and the visconti has a body and cap made of virtually indestructible Lava, both pens have smooth Gold nibs, both have ink windows, and both hold Awesome amounts of ink but the visconti holds an Ocean's amount of ink and when paired with an extra fine nib the amount will last. Also, I wanted to mention that this pen is ridiculously good for drawing! I kept getting nothing but compliments when I was drawing with it in public. :) This pen is the Aston Martin of Italian pens and I am saving up to get the visconti skylight in an extra fine.

Greg W.
Everything I hoped for

Buying a grail pen is risky, but I decided to take the plunge and I couldn't be happier. This pen has everything I want in a fountain pen: high ink capacity, an ink window for each chamber, a self-contained filling system, a quick capping mechanism, and a shut off valve for safe travels. Add bronze highlights, a lava/resin body, and an excellent 18k gold nib, and it's the perfect pen. It has become my daily workhorse and I couldn't be happier.

Ashi K.
The first italin pen in history that writes/draws like a japanese fine nib! Finally :)

Guys this pen is the aston martin of italian pens, I got mine in an extra fine which writes like a japanese fine nib size and the nib is very smooth and I love it. This pen is like the lamy 2000 makrolon/black version but on steroids! Both the crystal dream and lamy 2000 have smooth gold nibs, both carry alot of ink though the crystal dream holds an ocean's worth of ink, and both pens are highly durable though the lamy 2000 is made of durable makrolon while the crystal dream is made of virtually indestructible basaltic lava! And the ink window on the crystal dream is not made of glass, it is made of polished acrylic and acrylic is lighter than glass and much more durable! Get a visconti 3 pen and 6 pen case to go along with it so you can carry your pens in style! The only 3 fountain pens you'll ever need are: Pilot custom 823, visconti crystal dream and/or skylight, and a montblanc 146 and/or 149 but if you don't want to spend alot for the montblancs than just get the lamy 2000 makrolon/black because it comes with an ink window and warms up very well in your hand while the lamy 2000 stainless steel has no ink window and is virtually twice the price of the makrolon/black version.

Charles P.
Grail pen from the best on line retailer

I love the way this pen looks in online photos, but I had never seen one or held one. Most importantly, I had never had a chance to write with one, so it was fingers crossed all the way. Well, it's absolutely gorgeous in person, everything I hoped and expected it would be. And it's a true EF, laying down a beautiful, perfect, thin line, just as I like it. I filled it with Noodler's Navajo Turquoise ink, which gives a beautiful splash of color against the black lava/resin barrel. Goulet Pens was an absolute delight to deal with as always. Cindy responded promptly to my email (on a Sunday no less) and helped me with an issue on my order unrelated to the pen. For this kind of money, you want the whole experience to be perfect, and it has been.

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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.