I am a huge fan of Visconti pens in general. They are known for being finely crafted Italian writing instruments that are also very functional. They make tons of amazing high-end limited editions; however that’s not what this blog is about. Recently released is the Visconti Mirage fountain pen and rollerball collection.
What I love most about the Visconti Mirage fountain pen is the depth and richness of colors. They make it in six different colors that have incredible swirls and a nice, shiny finish over the resin body. Choose between Night Blue (a dark blue), Amber (which is a yellow), Horn (which is a grey – though I don’t understand how they came up with the name Horn for a grey color), Coral (definitely more of a red), Aqua (which is a middle to lighter blue), and finally Emerald (an awesome green – my favorite).
The cap is magnetic, and has a cool locking feature that kinda “snaps” the cap into a specific slot in the grip section of the barrel. This way the grooves in the cap and barrel line up nicely when you close them together. This is different from their Rembrandt and (new) Van Gogh series where the cap is still magnetic, but spins freely on the barrel.
While the clip is still iconic with the Visconti name on it, the personalized magnetic buttons on either end of the pen is no longer. They call it the “My Pen System”. I feel this doesn’t detract from the pen. Instead, it provides an option for those of us who don’t want to personalize our pen with our initials or a gem or anything other than what comes standard. The metal band on the cap is clearly engraved with the model name, so you know you’re getting a Visconti Mirage fountain pen. In tinier print on the opposite side of the band is where it says “Made In Italy”. The rest of the engraving looks like elongated “S”‘s.
This fountain pen uses a standard international size cartridge/converter filling system. I like how you can easily fill it with your favorite ink this way. Finally, the nib is a steel nib with a plastic feed. Both are a little smaller than I feel matches the larger pen, however this definitely doesn’t impact performance. It still writes like a dream, just as all my other Visconti fountain pens do.