A pen is an instrument that you use almost every day of your life. Often times you just grab what is close, could be a ballpoint from a local bank, a playful pen with an unpronounceable pharmaceutical drug name (in my case sometimes a crayon) or you could have in your possession one of the world’s most innovative and technologically advanced Pens – a Visconti.
The Visconti brand is well known by collectors throughout the world – it was actually founded by two avid fountain pen collectors in 1988. For those of us who are not collectors, but want the look, feel and quite frankly, the status of an expertly crafted pen, here is a crash course.
Visconti was the first company to reintroduce CELLULOID manufactured pens. “Celluloid is an environmentally friendly and modern material, which unlike plastics does not derive from petroleum products, but from cellulose and camphor worked with alcohol. ” Celluloid is easy to color and allows for many designs. “It’s composition is totally anallergic and it partially absorbs the humidity (sweat!) from your hands so it feels smooth and comfortable.” It even has shock absorbency!
The entire process to reach a workable material lasts 4 – 8 months depending on the thickness of the celluloid. The pen forms can be created by wrapping individual sheets of celluloid – this process allows for many colors and designs or creating a pen from a solid rod or barrel – this allows for almost any shape.
Some of the Visconti Pens that we carry at Write On and More feature squared edges, like the Opera Series Fountain Pen in a gorgeous shade of blue or the rounded edges of the Van Gogh Ballpoint.
Each pen requires months to manufacture, so you are not getting a mass produced form, but rather a true work of art. Take a look at our growing pen collection at Write On and More. We also would be happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding the Visconti or other pens that we carry (firstname.lastname@example.org). HH