Today’s Visconti Black fountain pen ink review is a good read for anyone looking for a classic black ink or for anyone who likes to work with names they know and trust when it comes to the ink they put in their favorite fountain pens. If you’re in it for the long haul…good for you! We can’t wait to share all the details. But if you’re just here to enter to win the bottle of ink used in this week’s fountain pen ink review, you can jump directly to the bottom where you’ll find the link to the giveaway fun.
All About the Ink Maker: Visconti
Visconti is an Italian Pen Company known for the smoothest of smooth fountain pen nibs and their patented double reservoir piston filling system. They also make some very nice ink – although the variety is limited:
This week, we’re reviewing Visconti Black fountain pen ink.
Featured Ink: Visconti Black Fountain Pen Ink
Visconti Black ink is a nice, standard black ink with a very unique and fascinating ink bottle.
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It’s Time: Visconti Black Ink Review
This week we put Visconti Black fountain pen ink through our standard ink review tests. Read on to see what we found out!
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
We used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) and Rhodia dot pad paper during this week’s review.
Let’s Talk About the Visconti Ink Bottle:
Visconti black fountain pen ink comes in the standard 40 ml. Visconti ink bottle and packaging, although “standard” in this situation is anything but…well, standard. This pen company’s ink bottle is “V” shaped (that’s how dedicated they are to their branding – they carry it through to the shape of their ink bottle). The V-shaped bottle means a large mouth opening that makes it easy to use when filling your fountain pen with ink. The Visconti bottles also feature an internal slant that ends in a bulbous base. You might say it has the overall look of an elaborate vase. Describing this particular ink bottle makes it sounds like it would be unsteady, and it can be a bit top-heavy, which is why the Visconti ink comes packaged inside a clear plastic dome that can be turned upside down to hold the bottle while filling.
How Much Does Visconti Black Ink Cost?
Visconti Black fountain pen ink comes at a reasonable, mid-range price for a 40 ml. bottle. Check for the latest discounted price at PenChalet.com.
How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?
We conducted a 1-dip test with Visconti black ink using a J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen and Rhodia dot pad paper. (For the 1-Dip Test, we dip the pen in ink once for each of three writing samples, “S,” “X,” and scribble lines to see how well the pen performs). This black fountain pen ink very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with just a small amount of ink to spare.
How Fast Does Visconti Black Ink Dry?
Visconti Black fountain pen ink showed a dry time of 11-12 seconds with light saturation, which is slightly over our standard 10-second dry time limit for good everyday ink choices. Although, many people do still enjoy this ink as an everyday ink, especially with thinner nibs.
Does Visconti Black Ink Bleed Through?
We saw no bleeding during normal use. And we saw NO bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Visconti Black Ink?
We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia paper. We saw some slight feathering during the water test (typical for a non-waterproof fountain pen ink).
How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?
For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. Again, Visconti’s Black ink isn’t waterproof, so it’s not surprising that we saw some light color smearing – not too bad for black ink, though. The lines were still very legible, with only very slight distortion and line fading.
Does Visconti Black Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
Visconti Black ink showed some possible shading traits with the right nib and penmanship – dark black to a lighter shade of black-gray tones.
Final Conclusion on Visconti Black Ink:
From one of the most well-regarded Italian Pen companies, Visconti Black ink is a reasonably priced 40 ml. fountain pen ink with a very unique and interesting ink bottle. The nice, everyday, standard black ink arrives in functional packaging you can use as an ink holder while filing to increase stability. The slightly longer dry time (11-12 seconds) does not seem to prevent many fountain pen enthusiasts from choosing this black ink as an everyday ink. Happy writing from Italy!
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Any black ink is a good ink and I’ve always wanted to try Visconti Ink. That unique bottle is definitely worth a look!
I was surprised at how gray it looks in the swabs, but the written words pop in their deep black hue/value(?).
For my part, the image I have of Visconti is the distinct curved clip of their pens, a picture of classiness.
Definitely – love their signature pen clip. It’s completely classy.
I’d like to see more comparison reviews to see how different brands compare with similar colors.
I like this suggestion – I’ll see what I can do!
i wish they would bring back their glass ink bottles
I really like the Visconti bottles. The design is super cool, but I kind of wish it allowed for some gimmicky filling benefit–I do love a good gimmick.
Wish granted 😀
Who can’t use more black ink? I know I can, because it is what I can get away with at work!
Love the bottle!
I love a deep black ink
Still hunting for a black ink I like. Maybe this is the one…
Black is always a classic colour, but there’s are so much competition as well. Interesting inkwell bottle design!
Black and red and my least favorite colors of ink. The bottle is very cool, though.
Just the bottle shape alone justifies it to be added to the collection!
I’ve used Visconti black in cartridges. It’s a very standard black ink. It’s a nice dark color once it dries.
That bottle! Wow… just stunning! I do also like that there seems to be a decent bit of water resistance to the ink. Thanks for highlighting this one!
I wouldn’t mind a little shading with my black ink.
What a coincidence; I just got a sample of Visconti Black with my last order. While it’s a bit more plain than inks I usually go for, I have been enjoying it as a well-behaved, ‘everyday‘ black — and it’s a nice alternative to my (overused?) go-to’s: Carbon Black & Heart of Darkness.
Never tried their ink or their pens! Would welcome the opportunity.
lovely bottle, great company.