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    Default Visconti Rembrandt Red Calligraphy Set - Good Deal?

    I received an email from Goldspot Luxury Gifts to let me know what their weekly special is: The Visconti Rembrandt Red Calligraphy Set.

    The set includes 1 Visconti Rembrandt Fountain Pen with two nibs: a 0.5mm steel italic and a 1.5mm steel italic with converters. Also included is a bottle of ink and a small package of blotting cloths. They claim the regular price is $295 and this weekly special is $120.

    Seems too good to be true. I've tried the Rembrandt in my local pen shop and it's lovely. It was also $200 CAD. Even with shipping the Goldspot offer is less than that. I've always wanted a Visconti and I'm tempted. Thoughts? As a relative newbie to fountain pens I rely on the experts here. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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    Default Re: Visconti Rembrandt Red Calligraphy Set - Good Deal?

    Hi, inlovewithjournals,

    I saw that advertisement, too.

    My husband bought me a Visconti Rembrandt a couple of weeks ago when we were in Houston at Dromgoole's. He paid $100.00 for it, or thereabouts. The nib on mine was pretty smooth as a broad (but I asked their nib guy to regrind it for me to an extra fine). It's a lovely pen in my hand.

    So I would think that $120 for the set is a good deal, especially with the two nibs, the bottle of ink, the converters, and the blotting cloths thrown in. Plus, I believe shipping is free when you purchase something(s) over $49.00.

    I hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Visconti Rembrandt Red Calligraphy Set - Good Deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    So I would think that $120 for the set is a good deal
    I agree wholeheartedly.

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    Default Re: Visconti Rembrandt Red Calligraphy Set - Good Deal?

    I think you will find the 0.5mm steel nib is an extra fine point with a stiff "flex/spring" not an italic. And the grips will probably be black plastic.
    A pretty good price & with a decent size bottle of ink too.

    The red Rembrandt resin looks very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon07 View Post
    I think you will find the 0.5mm steel nib is an extra fine point with a stiff "flex/spring" not an italic.
    While I won't refute this, as the nib is not a full italic, my own 0.5mm nib has a horizontal line very slightly thinner than the vertical, so there is slight 'italicisation'. This may be just specific to mine as I only have the one to go on, and other similar nibs may not be the same. Could other members comment if they have one as well?

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    I have not noticed any appreciable italiciness with the nib at all. I'll have a closer look tonight to see if I can imagine any.

    The booklet that comes with the set says:
    "The Calligraphy Set contains:
    -A medium-fine nib for contemporary stylographic writing (only if you get the 3 nib set)
    *- An extra-fine, highly elastic nib for English Script
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    A firm, square 1.5 mm nib for Italic or Gothic Script
    - An inkwell
    - A set of plastified blotting paper to clean your nibs without getting your fingers dirty
    - Two magnetic stands to hold the nibs between one exercise and the next"

    The magnetic nib holders are the two black circles you can see on the bottom corners of the box insert.

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    Default Re: Visconti Rembrandt Red Calligraphy Set - Good Deal?

    Bogon was right. I was imagining that the horizontal line width was a tad narrower than the vertical.
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    Thanks everyone, I knew you lot would help me decide! I think I will order it, italic nib or extra fine, it matters not to me, but I appreciate the info.

    Lady Onogaro, the free shipping over $49.00 is only for continental US, as when I added it to my cart and went through the steps to see what the shipping would be, I was given a range of prices and options.

    Thank you Murfie and Bogon07 for the detail about the nib and the magnets (cool!) and also the line demonstration. I'm excited now; I will order it tonight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithjournals View Post
    Thanks everyone, I knew you lot would help me decide! I think I will order it, italic nib or extra fine, it matters not to me, but I appreciate the info.

    Lady Onogaro, the free shipping over $49.00 is only for continental US, as when I added it to my cart and went through the steps to see what the shipping would be, I was given a range of prices and options.

    Thank you Murfie and Bogon07 for the detail about the nib and the magnets (cool!) and also the line demonstration. I'm excited now; I will order it tonight!
    Sorry about the shipping error; I neglected to see your location. I hope it wasn't too expensive. But even with the shipping, I think you are getting a pretty good deal. You will have to give us a writing sample when you get a chance to play around with it.
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    Default Re: Visconti Rembrandt Red Calligraphy Set - Good Deal?

    this seems quite a reasonable deal, and the red acrylic is very appealing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithjournals View Post
    Thanks everyone, I knew you lot would help me decide! I think I will order it, italic nib or extra fine, it matters not to me, but I appreciate the info.

    Lady Onogaro, the free shipping over $49.00 is only for continental US, as when I added it to my cart and went through the steps to see what the shipping would be, I was given a range of prices and options.

    Thank you Murfie and Bogon07 for the detail about the nib and the magnets (cool!) and also the line demonstration. I'm excited now; I will order it tonight!
    You will be delighted, with enablers such as Murfie, and Bogon07 on your side you are in good company. I love my Tracy Lee, Bogon07 enabled Visconti Rembrandt Ivory medium steel nib - Nice smooth writer - Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post

    Sorry about the shipping error; I neglected to see your location. I hope it wasn't too expensive. But even with the shipping, I think you are getting a pretty good deal. You will have to give us a writing sample when you get a chance to play around with it.
    You are right Lady Onogaro; even with the shipping it is still well under what I would have paid for the pen alone in my local shop. I forgot to congratulate you on your new Visconti in my original post; nice husband! I have to say the same for mine; I showed it to him and he reminded me our wedding anniversary is coming up, and presto chango he just bought me a beautiful anniversary present! I will definitely post a writing sample when I receive it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    this seems quite a reasonable deal, and the red acrylic is very appealing.
    I agree VertOlive, I love the red. They do have other sets with different coloured pens, selling for $157.50. Looks like only the red is on sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwent2 View Post
    You will be delighted, with enablers such as Murfie, and Bogon07 on your side you are in good company. I love my Tracy Lee, Bogon07 enabled Visconti Rembrandt Ivory medium steel nib - Nice smooth writer - Good Luck

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    Inlovewithjournals - congratulations on your red Visconti. As they say in Australia "the red ones go fasta" so you will be able to rip through your correspondence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwent2 View Post
    You will be delighted, with enablers such as Murfie, and Bogon07 on your side you are in good company. I love my Tracy Lee, Bogon07 enabled Visconti Rembrandt Ivory medium steel nib - Nice smooth writer - Good Luck

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    Thanks Cw, totally agree with you! And I think I've had a letter or two written by you with your Visconti Rembrandt Ivory - beautiful writer!
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    I can't recall but is your Ivory Rembrandt a solid ivory colour or does it have some swirls or streaks of other colours through it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon07 View Post
    Inlovewithjournals - congratulations on your red Visconti. As they say in Australia "the red ones go fasta" so you will be able to rip through your correspondence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwent2 View Post
    You will be delighted, with enablers such as Murfie, and Bogon07 on your side you are in good company. I love my Tracy Lee, Bogon07 enabled Visconti Rembrandt Ivory medium steel nib - Nice smooth writer - Good Luck

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    Thanks Cw, totally agree with you! And I think I've had a letter or two written by you with your Visconti Rembrandt Ivory - beautiful writer!
    Hi Carl,
    I can't recall but is your Ivory Rembrandt a solid ivory colour or does it have some swirls or streaks of other colours through it ?
    Swirls or streaks of a darker brownish red gives it a bone effect sorta kinda if you follow....

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    Thanks CW. A lot of photos seem to show the Ivory as a solid gloss as they did with the black but as you see in Murfie's excellent photos it ain't true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon07 View Post
    Inlovewithjournals - congratulations on your red Visconti. As they say in Australia "the red ones go fasta" so you will be able to rip through your correspondence.
    Thank you Bogon. My correspondents will be thrilled - I have quite a stack of replies to get through so this red pen better be lightning quick!
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