Body Material: Acryloid
Cap: Hook claw
Posts: Yes, friction
Nib material: 23 kt Palladium - Single Tone
Nibs available: EF, F, M, B, BB, 1.3 mm stub
Length (capped): 145.9 mm/5.79"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 131.3 mm/5.16"
Length (posted): 170.2 mm/6.70"
Barrel Diameter: 13.0 - 13.7 mm/0.51" - 0.54"
Section Diameter: 11.0 - 12.1 mm/0.43" - 0.47"
Weight (all): 42 g
Weight (cap): 18 g
Weight (body): 24 g
Fill type: Double reservoir power filler
Price: €795,00 (Excluding VAT: €657,02)
Limited Edition: 888
Where to buy: Appelboom
Discount code: FRIEND for 10% off your purchases, excluding MontblancPACKAGING
This London Fog is packaged in a large, very solid, fairly heavy Visconti box. The outer box is Visconti-branded and protects the inner one, which is dark and glossy. The lid has some serious tension to it, so careful not to snap your fingers in it. Inside, the pen sits in a plastic sleeve, in a little pen slot, on a removable tan leatherette bed. Under this, you will find your pen info, warranty card, and pen card.
Damn this pen.
Overall, I love the colors of this pen. It has cool tones, but they are right up my alley. I didn't think I would like it so much. Darn.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
This nib is a #6 Visconti 23kt Palladium in broad. It's a single tone nib, to match the rest of the pen. It has a single slit and a crescent-shaped breather hole. It is engraved with Visconti, 23k Pd, 950 Firenze, B (nib size), and some symmetrical flourishes.
WOW. What kept bringing me back to Visconti, despite the nib quality mishaps, is that when they get the nibs right, they're stellar! This one is just that: stellar! Right out of the box. It is a smooth writer, with very generous ink flow, without being a gusher. I love how the nib feels - it requires no pressure to write, just touching the nib to the paper is good enough. Unlike so many Visconti nibs I have used, it doesn't skip or hard start, even when I write quickly or for a long time. With the lightest touch, the nib feels firm on the paper. With mild pressure, the nib can produce some fun line variation. The line variation combined with the wet ink flow makes for a really enjoyable writing experience - for those of us who like softer, bouncier nibs. In addition, if you use an ink that shades or has sheen, the nib helps it to really pop. Delectable.
The vacuum-filler gives no issues to fill, empty, and I could even fill the barrel up completely. That's quite a bit of ink, and it keeps this wet nib happy for a good while.
The clip on this pen is easy to use one-handed, but I don't think these clips are snug enough to securely hold the weight of these pens in place. On papers, the pen still slides around because it is pretty heavy. It does work well for keeping the pen in a pocket (although if you lean over too far, it can fall out - again, a heavy pen), or in a pouch (safest).
The section is on the short side, but the indented shape is comfortable. My fingers do not slip around, and even though I grip low, the ridge at the end is not sharp. The hook claws at the back are noticeable, but not too irritating. If you grip high or have large hands, they may get in your way. I have not had any trouble with them.
It's hard to recommend a limited edition, very expensive pen, especially one where the nibs have a questionable track record. What I will say is this: the pen is very pretty. The pearlescent grey with blue veins has caught my eye (and heart... and maybe wallet soon if I don't get rid of this before it's too late). The clear barrel with colored ribbons is perfect. Huge ink capacity, amazing nib on this one. Amazing. Stellar. Love it. It's the happiest I have been with a Visconti in a long time.