Visconti is delighted to announce its latest reincarnation of the Homo Sapiens series: the new Magma has arrived.
Visconti shook the fountain pen industry with a breakthrough both in design and use of materials when the original Homo Sapiens Bronze Age was launched. Carved from pure basaltic lava from the Mount Etna volcano in Italy, and enriched with resin materials, the pen encompasses the strength of ancient powers, juxtaposing its volcanic nature to a soft and smooth writing experience thanks to its nib. This award-winning writing tool was followed by the Homo Sapiens Dark Age designed with black ruthenium trims.
Today, the Homo Sapiens collection is still one of Visconti's signature writing instruments. Virtually unbreakable and naturally hygroscopic, the Homo Sapiens now comes in the "Magma" edition featuring red trims symbolizing the eruption of molten lava through the volcanos passageways. The glossy metal red trims give a fiery contrast against the matte black lava of the pen's body.
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 Homo Sapiens Magma fountain pen fills using the patented Visconti power filler system, which is made of titanium to resist ink corrosion, and is enhanced with Visconti's black ruthenium nib.
Update: Historically this pen has been offered with a 23kt palladium Dreamtouch nib; however, Visconti is now transitioning to 18kt gold Perfecttouch nibs made by Bock in Germany. We've indicated in the nib size dropdown whether the 23kt palladium or 18kt gold nib is currently being offered at Goulet Pens.
Lava has some incredible qualities making it the perfect material for writing instruments.
- Virtually unbreakable: high degree of resilience
- Flame-proof: heat resistance to heat over 100°C
- Slightly hygroscopic: absorbs moisture during use
- Dense to the touch: comfortable to grip and relaxing to write with
You can also customize this pen with the magnetized MyPen System. We offer natural stones that you can swap into the finial in place of the Visconti logo coin.
- 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/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
- Nib Material
- 23kt Palladium
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
- 14.3mm (0.6in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 16.5mm (0.6in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 21mm (0.8in)
- Diameter - Grip
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- 11mm (0.4in)
- 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
- 26g (0.9oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 17g (0.6oz)
- Weight - Overall
- 43g (1.5oz)
- 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.