Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and of artisan workshops, and the cradle of European culture. Visconti’s pens were created in the streets of Florence and out of a passion for beauty. Established in 1988, the company offers a wide range of writing instruments, which are well known for their value, the use of fine materials, sophisticated production techniques and their distinct character. Fountain pens, rollerball pens and ballpoint pens: Visconti offers a wide range of high-quality products with a distinct character. Not only are Visconti’s pens practical and beautiful, but they also become small collectible art objects: each pen is handcrafted and is a great example of how traditional and cutting-edge techniques can be combined to perfection. By studying historical handcrafting and researching new technologies, the company has been able to design and patent new types of filling systems for fountain pens, such as the Double Reservoir Power Filling system, or new techniques for processing innovative materials.
In fact, materials are at the heart of Visconti’s products. Celluloid, ebonite and marble are used alongside unusual products such as carbon fibre, lucite and acrylic materials. Visconti was among the first companies to experiment with using basaltic lava from Mount Etna to create pens. This is how the Homo Sapiens collection came about, a series of products in which lava is transformed into a sensual and velvety material while retaining its strength. A focus on nature was the inspiration behind the Eco-Logic collection, which is made from hemp bioplastic, a fully compostable and non-polluting material.
The metal fittings of Visconti’s pens are also processed with highly sophisticated systems: craftsmanship according to classic Florentine goldsmithing tradition is combined with machine processing in the pursuit of creating the perfect object in order to offer a unique writing experience. Due to their uniqueness and unmistakable character, the Visconti pens were chosen for signing the historic NATO-Russia treaty of 28 May 2002, which marked the end of the Cold War, as well as the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe of 2004.