I’m really happy to announce a new sponsor for the site, Massdrop.com. What is Massdrop you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple. Massdrop is a community of people that vote on what products they want to buy. Massdrop contacts the companies, sets the sale up, and the more people that commit, the better the pricing for you. Simple as that. They’ve been doing a ton of awesome fountain pen, writing, and stationery drops recently and there have been some killer deals (can you say $104 Lamy 2000?!?!). There’s also my favorite non-fountain pen up there right at a great discount – the Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker. I’ve been a member of Massdrop for a while now, I’ve purchased a few things and it’s been a great experience so I was super excited when they got in touch.
To kick off the new partnership, Massdrop is giving away two premium bottles of ink to the readers of edjelley.com. You can pick from several colors of Pilot Iroshizuku, Pelikan Edelstein inks, or J. Herbin’s Rouge Hematite or Bleu Ocean.
Description: A full size pen, crafted from lava rock and bronze
Nib:Medium, 23kt Palladium Dreamtouch Nib
Filling Mechanism: Powerfiller (vacuum plunger)
Handwritten Review Scans:
Ever since I saw the Visconti Homo Sapiens, I knew I needed to add one to my collection. It was during the beginning of my fountain pen journey and a $650 pen seemed insane…fast forward a few years later and it didn’t seem TOO hard to swallow. I got a great deal on the pen at the DC Pen Show and I absolutely love it.It’s perfectly weighted and balanced and the lava rock exterior is awesome to hold. The 23kt palladium Dreamtouch nib is definitely living up to its name. Enjoy the review!
Appearance & Packaging:
The H.S. is an amazing looking pen. The lava finish is as stunning as it is unique. Bronze accents beautifully contrast the dark grey-black body of the pen. The nib is nicely sized for the proportions of the pen. I really love the imprint on the nib. It’s impossible for me to find anything about the pen’s appearance that I don’t like.
The packaging is as expected for a $650 pen. It comes in a black leatherette box with a cream interior. I’ll be putting the pen to good use, so the box will be filed away. It’s a great looking pen that is presented nicely. I’ll let the pictures do the talking here…
Nib Performance & Filling System:
The 23kt palladium “Dreamtouch” nib is SO close to being perfect. It’s buttery smooth, super inky and has the slightest bit of spring to it. However, I have noticed that it sometimes has a hard start on a downstroke. This can be quite annoying, especially with my small caps writing style that has a lot of straight up and down lines. When writing in cursive, the pen doesn’t have the problem, I’m guessing because of all of the loops and curves.
Maybe the nib needs some breaking in, and I will be trying other inks in it as well. The nib lays down a very wet line with zero pressure needed. The filling system is essentially an over-marketed (POWERFILLER!) vacuum plunger system that can be seen in the TWSBI Vac 700 and Pilot Custom 823. It easily pulls in a lot of ink, which is needed to keep up with the wet flow. The pen was easily flushed out. The filling system is a nice departure from the piston fillers that are commonly seen in this price range.
I absolutely love the size, weight, and diameter of the Homo Sapiens. It’s substantial, but not overly heavy. Posting the cap is not recommended, as it throws the balance way off and adds a considerable amount of length to the pen.
The lava finish is what initially drew me towards the pen. It feels great. Not too much more I can say about it. It has the perfect amount of texture to it and it feels unlike anything else currently in my pen collection. The size is perfect for me as well.
Lava is so cool.
Buttery smooth nib
Skipping on downstrokes
The Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Maxi is my first Visconti and I love it. Awesome looks and unique materials, paired with the smooth nib and great balance make it a near-perfect pen for me. I’m going to have the nib checked over at my next pen show, but it wouldn’t stop me from recommending the pen. Thanks for reading!
Chris over at Ateleia Craft got in touch a few months back to tell me about his new pen project, a minimalistic brass pen. I’ve been spending some time with the pen and it has proved that simple does not mean that it wasn’t well thought out. His project has only 10 days to go on Kickstarter and funding has already been met. See below for some information about the pen:
From the Ateleia Kickstarter:
The ATELEIA pen is machined of C360 solid brass bar stock in Phoenix, AZ. With the cap, it measures 5 3/8 inches long overall and weighs about 50 grams (1.75 ounces). It has been most often described as a minimalist design, that is both slim and weighty in the hand. Although originally designed to house the Pilot HiTec-C cartridges, several other popular refill cartridges fit the housing with the aid of springs and/or spacers.
Thanks again to Chris for sending the pen over. It’s a pleasure to write with and the minimalistic design resonates well with me. The Kickstarter has just over a week to go, and if you want to get in on the project – do so now! There are also some really nice looking leather goods up on the Kickstarter as well. I haven’t had any experience with them, but if they have the same level of design and craftsmanship as the pen, they should be great.
Disclaimer: I was given this prototype free of charge and receive no compensation for my review. All opinions are my own.
“Here’s what we can tell you: each “Unexposed” pack features three 5.5-inch x 3.5-inch 48-page memo books in an opaque black sleeve. The interior paper features our “reticle graph,” last seen in the “Night Sky” Edition from Summer 2013.”
If you have yet to notice the trend of matte black, grey, and darker colored pens on the site, I dare you to look at some of the back posts. This edition of Field Notes is definitely not my cup of tea, but that’s not to say it’s not something fun and different. I was hoping for some more typical fall-themed colors and it appears that we got the polar opposite. The cool thing about the release is that they did not tell you what you were going to get. Instead of the usual “belly-band”, the books were sealed in a black paper envelope.
There are 6 different colors, randomly inserted into the packs. I lucked out and got one of each across the three packs that I ordered. The super bright, Lisa Frank-ish colors aren’t going to see any use by me but they are a cool addition to the collection. The reticle graph ruling is cool as well, I really enjoyed it in the Night Sky edition from 2013. This was also the first round of photos from my new iPhone 6 – I think they definitely got the job done. What did you think of the Fall 2014 Colors edition?
Left to right:
Pilot Custom 845 – M nib – R&K Cassia
Conway Stewart 58 – Duro Stub nib – R&K Alt-Goldgrün
OMAS Extra (1940s) – EF (?) nib – Diamine Mediterranean Blue
Bayard 2000 – M (?) nib – Diamine Black Green
Montblanc 136 – OB nib – Diamine Turquoise
Render K G2 – 1.0mm black Pilot G2 refill