• Roy

    I have a bronze age with an EF nib. It does write beautifully; but, not only does the section absorb ink, it bleeds it back onto your hand (for several days). I find cleaning it to be a bit time-consuming, since the nib isn’t (easily) removable. I’m glad I bought it; I really enjoy writing with it; I’m going to stick to non-porous pens in the future.

  • Robert

    I’ve owned an HS Bronze Age for a little over 4 years. It came with a medium 23k palladium nib that wrote on the dry side and suffered from ocassional hard starts and skipping. Eventually I sent the pen to Mike Masuyama who ground the nib to a very smooth, wet stub, and it quickly became one of my favorite writers.

    Absorption of ink into the section hasn’t been a problem for me. Soon after I received the pen I read (where I cannot recall) that wrapping the section in a moist paper towel for a couple of minutes prior to filling would minimize ink absorption. I suppose the theory is that absorption of water from the towel reduces ability of the material to absorb the ink.

    I can’t address the scientific aspect of this practice, but it does seem to work for me.

    • sbrebrown

      That’s a good suggestion, thank you

  • Helen

    Every time I think I’m ready to buy my first Visconti I watch a review and I start shopping for another Pelikan. I think Visconti makes some of the most beautiful pens on the market but I just can’t justify spending that kind of money on pen that may not write properly.
    Thanks for the great review. I always enjoy the Serious Nibbage episodes.

  • Uniotter

    A very interesting pen, but the hydroscopic section puts me off. It’s a fascinating material, but worrying about ink absorption is not something I want to deal with. The crystal homo sapiens is my grail pen, however….can’t wait to own one of those! 🙂