on saleVisconti Homo Sapiens Fountain Pen - Bronze Age

Product Code VI-KP15-07-FP-EF

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on saleVisconti Homo Sapiens Fountain Pen - Bronze Age

Product Code VI-KP15-07-FP-EF

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$716.00

MSRP $895.00

Color:
Bronze Age
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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 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 (note: our images may still show the old 23kt palladium nib).

Condition
New
Brand
Visconti
Type
Fountain Pens
Color
Black
Demonstrator

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

No
Body Material
Basaltic Lava and Resin
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.

Power Filler
Grip Material
Basaltic Lava
Nib Size
Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, 1.3mm Stub
Nib Color
Rose Gold
Nib Material
18k Gold
Postable

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.

Yes
Retractable

Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

No
Trim
Bronze
Diameter - Body
14.3mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
16.5mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
21mm (0.8in)
Diameter - Grip (mm)

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

11.0mm
Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

132mm (5.2in)
Length - Cap
59.3mm (2.3in)
Length - Nib

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

24mm (0.9in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
146mm (5.7in)
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 (6.8in)
Weight - Body

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

26g (0.9oz)
Weight - Cap
17g (0.6oz)
Weight - Overall (g)
43.0g
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.

1.51ml

Customer Reviews

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Stephen G.

Great pen - distinctive appearance - smooth writer large ink capacity

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Jordan B.
Outstanding Service

This was a very pleasant experience with Goulet Pen Company. I will definitely be purchasing through them more in the future.

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John
Wonderful, comfortable, nicely writing pen

Love this pen. The feel of the pen, the writing experience, the way it flows, a nice level of flex for me. If I had a criticism I would say that the nib runs a little wide for a medium and I may explore options for a fine for this pen. I have heard that there have been some issues with nibs in the past, I am only a sample size of one, but I would say this is one of the best writing pens I own (Pilots in general sit at the top of my heap). I find writing with this pen an immensely satisfying experience. It was a little spendy, but for me it's a constant source of joy!

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Alex
Great grail pen

My pen journey started with a Homo sapiens limited edition (ceramic) brought up to me by a pen store salesman. I chosen Sailor King Of Pen instead but the seed of having a Visconti was planted in my head. Having read mix reviews I decided to only buy it offline.Fast forward few years, I bought one at Visconti Flagship store in Florence - just couldn't resist. Bronze Age is what everyone says it is - an iconic hefty pen that is a joy to write with. I love the look, the weight, the bronze, the history of it, the material. It is rather unique in its own right and I think it is worthy of any pen collection or to be that one pen, if you're a one pen person.

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.