REVIEW: VISCONTI HOMO SAPIENS LAVA COLOR FOUNTAIN PENsureshjain.com
|Two distinctly different variations, yet the Homo Sapiens design is recognizable from a mile away!|
|Ink wipes right off this ‘anti-stain’ treated material|
The Ponte Vecchio ‘bridge’ clip of course makes a return, and it’s the first Visconti I’ve held in my hands that has their laser-etched logo engraved on the sides of the clip, instead of the enamel-filled logo. While the enamel added a luxurious touch, I actually prefer the laser engraving as it’s more consistent and clean-looking.
|L to R: Montblanc 149, Pelikan M1005, Leonardo Momento Zero Gande, Visconti HS Steel Age, Visconti HS Lava Color, Lamy 2000, Lamy Safari|
The Homo Sapiens Lava Color is based on the ‘oversized’ version of the Homo Sapiens, so it’s quite a sizeable pen. Measuring in at 14.6 cm/ 5.7″ closed, and 13.3 cm/ 5.2″ uncapped, it should be a comfortable pen even for larger hands. The gently concave section (with a diameter around 1.1 cm/ 0.44″. As already mentioned, the magnetic closure makes for a hefty first impression! While other versions of the Homo Sapiens tend to hover around 40 grams, the Lava Color comes in at a rather hefty 56 grams. A decent part of that weight comes from the cap, so uncapped you’re left with a pen that – while still retaining some heft – balances nicely in the hand and doesn’t cause fatigue.