Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age Oversize

With a pen body that incorporates basaltic lava from the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily, the Visconti Dark Age Oversize fountain pen is one of the most unique fountain pens available today. Ruthenium trim and a black-coated nib in your choice of tipping size add to the pen's distinctive appearance.

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July 1, 2019



There is a reason that this pen is popular. It is really a great pen. The feel and balance is excellent, comfortable for long writing sessions. The nib feels smooth; it glides across the page. 

The nib runs wet, so be aware of that when making your choice. I got a Fine nib and it writes about the same thickness as the dry M nib on my Cross pen, or just a little finer of a line. 

The nib setup service is what made me choose to buy from This pen is pricey and I have read about many problems with Visconti nibs, so being able to have the nib tuned and tested before it was shipped put my mind at ease. Great service! Very fast shipping and everything was well packaged. 

I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase. Thank you!

Visconti fountain pens always have a unique design sensibility, but the Homo Sapiens Dark Age is perhaps the most distinctive of all the many memorable designs produced by this artisanal Italian company headquartered in Florence. The pen utilizes Visconti's patented Power Fill system, which gives it a generous ink capacity and allows it to be filled using any bottled fountain pen ink.

As with any pen we sell, the Homo Sapiens Dark Age qualifies for our complimentary nib tuning services, which help ensure that your pen will have writing qualities equal to its eye-catching appearance. In addition, our optional nib customizations can provide added flair and distinctiveness to your writing on the page, and can make this pen a valuable tool for the professional or amateur calligrapher.

We are an authorized Visconti dealer, and every pen is carefully tested and inspected before shipping to you.

Measurements & Specifications

Closed Length 5.8"
Posted Length 6.9"
Barrel Length 4.3"
Barrel Diameter 0.6"
Section Diameter 0.4"
Ink Capacity 0.8 ml
Filling System Vacuum/Power Filler
Cap Type Threaded
Clip With Clip
Postable Postable
Pen Weight 45.3 g
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