The Visconti Venus is a purchase I made on a whim from Pen Chalet because of my excellent experience with the Visconti Rembrandt. Visconti is known for naming their models after famous painters. This particular model is a tribute to an early Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli and his masterpiece "The Birth of Venus." Since purchasing the Venus in January, it has been discontinued, but it is still worth reviewing.
Material: Marbleized Natural Resin
Nib: Stainless Steel
Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter(included)
Length: 5.5 in
Posted: 6.13 in
Diameter: 0.6 in
The Visconti Venus is received in an ivory colored box with the Visconti logo printed on it. Inside this box, is a beautiful brown leatherette case. You'll find that the case is nicely padded to protect the merchandise during shipment. The Venus fits snuggly into the case providing a luxurious presentation; however, in my opinion, the case is quite large. My Visconti Rembrandt came in a smaller case, which I prefer. The case also has a small sliding tray which holds the user guide. Included with the pen are a user guide and converter.
The Visconti Venus was manufactured in Florence Italy, so you know this is a quality product. There are two versions of the Venus: Pink Rose and White Marbleized (pictured). Both have stainless steel nibs and are cartridge/converter. The pen has the same body as the Michelangelo, Van Gogh, and Salvador Dali. My favorite feature of the Venus is it's faceted design. It gives the pen a very luxurious appearance and adds grip. The center band is beautifully decorated with "Venus" etched on it. The Venus also possesses the traditional springy Visconti arch clip that many of us have come to love.
The Venus' most distinctive feature is the magnetic cap. The magnetic cap on the Venus and Rembrandt are the best I’ve seen to date. It is not difficult to remove and snaps shut securely to prevent drying out or damage to the nib. The chrome grip on the Venus sits well in the hand with little slippage. You also have the ability to personalize the Venus' finial with initials or other designs (see picture below).
My writing experience with the Visconti Venus was much like the Visconti Rembrandt, which isn't surprising since they both use the identical stainless steel nib. During my testing, I used Aurora Black and Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink. Both inks flowed extremely well and laid down a clean line. Some have reported that the Venus has given them hard starts, but I have not experienced that issue. This could be due to the kind of ink being used.
The Venus feels extremely comfortable and balanced in the hand both posted and unposted. Do not be discouraged by the chrome grip section as I did not experience any slippage when writing. I consider this a pen I can write with all day without fatigue. I also enjoy that the grip is not threaded, so it doesn’t irritate fingers when writing for long periods.
Penman's Final Remark
The Visconti Venus provides an exceptional writing experience for its user; however, for the price, the Venus deserves a gold nib. If you're looking for an excellent quality Italian pen, the Venus may be for you. Pick one up from Pen Chalet while supplies last.