Even though Visconti makes some of the best and most beautiful fountain pens that belong to the best of the world, I’m not truly enthusiastic about the Rembrandt. Sure, the Rembrandt is a beautiful pen just as the Van Gogh that’s a little more expensive. But why does Visconti use Dutch painters? The history of Italy also has countless famous painters. With the Van Gogh I can understand the choice, they use color combinations of the most famous paintings of Van Gogh. These color combinations are truly gorgeous. Especially with the “Zonnebloemen” the yellow colours are a true eye catcher, the same for the light blue colours from “Zelfportret”. With the Rembrandt series this concept doesn’t seem to be used and do we have to look at a fountain pen that is covered in plain colours. The colours aren’t ugly, but don’t resemble Rembrandt. A missed opportunity if you ask me.
Visconti Rembrandt, the fountain pen that loses colour
Due to a fair price I treated myself to a Visconti Rembrandt pen set once. I still think they are a goodlooking bunch. The colour is dark green, almost black. The size is good too, not too narrow not to thick. The top and bottom are nicely rounded and the clip also functions well. The problem lies with the innovative system that’s used in the cap. Visconti uses magnets to hold the cap to the pen. I’ts a novelty that doesn’t work in daily use. The cap gets loosend very easily, with nasty ink stains as a result. On top of that my Visconti Rembrandt is starting to rust. But worst of all, both the fountain pen and ballpoint are losing their colours. The Rembrandts are probably made out of a translucent plastic sleeve that’s painted on the inside.
The nibs of the Visconti Rembrandt
The nib of the Visconti Rembrandt is made out of steel and writes well. The nibs are available in different sizes and shapes. Most nibs are made for daily writing and drawing signatures. For calligraphy you have to order special nibs of maybe it’s even better to order a special fountain pen with a very flexible nib.
Filling system and clip of the Visconti Rembrandt
The Visconti Rembrandt uses a cartridge filling system which also allows you to use a converter. The clip is very original and inspired by the Ponte Vecchio, the famous medieval bridge over the Arno in Florence. It”s no a very tight clip and the cap doesn’t stay on the fountain pen very well due to the magnet system. Because of that you can’t carry it around in every possible way. The best way is to use a pencil case or a suitcase.