Visconti Opera review, quality fountain pen with Italian design

Visconti Opera complete fountain pen

Visconti Opera, newcomer to the market

We know that some of the best sportscars are made in Germany, but that the Italian cars have the most beautiful designs. That’s equally true for fountain pens. Now that the quality of fountain pens is increasing the party can get started. Italian fountain pens are belissimo. The Italian designs are more daring, stray from the conventional path and shapes, have more colour and use unique materials. A great example of a fountain pen made out of unique materials is a fountain pen made of lava stone. Visconti is a relative newcomer to the fountain pen market and was founded in 1988. Visconti respects the high days of the fountain pen, the interbellum between the two world wars. Visconti regularly shows designs that are inspired by the most beautiful fountain pens ever made like the Visconti Manhattan that’s inspired on the Vacumatic by Parker. Visconti also uses a lot of materials that were used by fountain pen manufacturers in the 30’s like celluloid. They produce different models fountain pens in different price ranges. They have very affordable fountain pens, but also top of the line models that cost a fortune because of their enhanced technology.

How well does a Visconti Opera write?

Visconti Opera nibThe Visconti Opera is a pen that gets a new design every few years. It writes quite well. The Opera is a unique pen because it’s a square fountain pen with rounded edges. Because of those edges the Visconti Opera is well in hand without the corners hurting your hand. In daily use you hardly notice that the pen has a square shape. The nice thing about a square shaped pen is that it doesn’t roll of your desk, this happens more often than you might think. The part just after the nib where you hold the pen is completely round fortunately. This makes this fountain pen also suited for both people that place their index finger on top of the fountain as people that place their index finger across from their thumb. The nib of the Visconti Opera is made out of gold and writes well, most nibs are available in different sizes and shapes and are quite sturdy. This fountain pen is designed for writing, so if you want to practice your calligraphy it’s better to search for a different fountain pen.

Visconti Opera Master Silver Dust Fountain Pen (Limited Edition)

Visconti Opera Master Silver Dust

Het vullingssysteem van een Visconti Opera

Visconti Opera capThe Visconti Opera uses a cartridge filling system that also fits a ink converter. The shape of the clip is inspired on the Ponte Vecchio, the famous medieval bridge over the river Arno in Florence, Italy. The clip also has the name Visconti written on it. The clip doesn’t have a lot of pressure, so it’s better to transport it in a pen holder or your bag or suitcase. You don’t want to drop or lose your beautiful fountain pen.

Albert

Written by Albert

Albert is a Dutch collector of fountain pens, and everything to do with them. He is a real "penthousiast". Next to that he lives with his family in the Netherlands in a quiet part of Noord-Brabant. He spends his spare time writing for this blog (not with a fountain pen unfortunately) and reading books.

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