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The Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age Mechanical Pencil is manufactured from lavastone from Mount Etna, probably the world's most famous active volcano on the Island of Sicily. Almost certainly spewed out of the ground during Etna's last eruption, the lavastone is ground and mixed with modern resins to produce a tough near indestructible matter from which these extraordinary pens are made. They have a soft, warm feel to the hand and because the material is slightly hygroscopic it also feels very dry to the touch.

Complemented with 'stealth' accompaniments, and Visconti's Ponte Vecchio arched bridge clip, the Visconti Dark Age Mechanical pencil is a most unusual writing implement.

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Made in Florence Palazzo, Visconti make distinguished and luxurious pens. Founded in 1988, the company is led by Dante Del Vecchio.

Located in the luxury and super luxury market, their pens range in price from £100 to - well, how much would you like to pay? They’ll always embellish an already fine pen with precious materials, jewels and exquisite craftsmanship. Whatever the price, you will get a beautiful pen made with the best materials and designed with imagination.

Over the years they have come up with many innovative approaches to pen manufacture, as well as nods to the golden age of fountain pens – including a continued use of celluloid – “The pen makers gold”.

  • The Homo Sapiens, made with lava from Mount Etna, is one of the great pens of the early 21st century. It is a plunger filler – updating a system first developed in the 1920’s.

  • It features the safe lock closing system – ingenious, reliable and positive

  • Mid range pens use an effective and convenient magnetic closure system.

  • The 23 carat palladium nibs for their top end pens is unique; they deliver a unique writing experience.

  • The “Smartouch” chrome steel nib, paired with the mosquito filler, offer a clean and effective means of fill a fountain pen.

  • Partnership with the Pininfarina design practice has led to some outstanding designs.


Owning a Visconti pen will be a constant source of pleasure, and for those of us who love pens always provide interest, and sometimes amazement!