Pen Review: Visconti Wall Street Limited Edition Green Pearl Celluloid Double Broad

Visconti Wall Street Green Pearl Limited Edition

The Visconti Wall Street Limited Edition Green Pearl is the first Visconti that I’ve ever had the privilege to use. In terms of looks, its probably the exact model I would have picked for myself. The layered green celluloid catches the light similarly to vintage Parker Vacumatics. As someone who’s heart is perpetually stuck in a 1940s film, this is an easy way to win my heart. The unique, rounded square shape is also quite appealing too. For starters, its far less likely to roll off the table and it actually feels quite nice in the hand.

Visconti Wall Street Green Pearl Limited Edition

Visconti Wall Street Green Pearl Limited Edition Cap branding

Visconti Wall Street Green Pearl Limited Edition Cap

Aesthetically, my one sticking point is the Visconti branded scimitar clip. I have just never liked this design decision and Visconti sticks it on almost every pen they design. Its like the un-design decision. Can’t think of how to design the clip? Stick the scimitar on it. Where the layered celluloid is supposed to create the illusion of floors of a skyscraper and the twinkle of lights in the windows and the shape of the pen is supposed to be reminiscent of the shape of a building, why stop at the clip? Could it not also evoke the decorative filigree on buildings like the Carbon and Carbide Building or other great historical architectural marvels? I didn’t mention the Chrysler Building because that seemed obvious but you know what I mean… right?

Most of the weight of the pen is in the cap and the clip, weighing an impressive 42 gms capped but uncapped and filled, it weighs a more manageable 25 gms. The chart below includes capped and/or posted weights for common budget-priced pens for comparison.

Fountain Pen Weights

In regards to length, the Wall Street can be used posted at an impressively long 7″ or unposted at a more diminutive 5.25″ which fit comfortably balanced in my small hands. Closed and capped, the Wall Street is 5.75″ which is only about 0.25″ longer thank your average Lamy Safari so its not a small pen but its not out of the ordinary size-wise.

Visconti Wall Street Green Pearl Limited Edition nib BB

This nib on this particular model is the BB, double broad “Dreamtouch” 23K gold correction: palladium. It is a soft, slightly flexible nib and is quite smooth though I had a bit of a learning curve finding the right angles to  get the best performance from the nib. The BB required being held at a slightly higher angle if I was writing from below the baseline (from my left handed angle) though writing from above, I had no issues with writing at all except that the pen laid down so much ink that dry time became an issue and I kept sticking my hand in wet ink. It’s a bit flexy but I would certainly not be inclined to use it as a flex nib.

In order to take full advantage of the flexibility of the nib though, writing from below the baseline was my best option. Just the weight of one’s hand and the movement and passion with which one is writing is enough to add some character and flair to the strokes.

However, when writing overhanded, I needed almost no contact with the paper to get ink to flow. The lightest of touches was needed and ink just appeared on the paper which was really nice. It meant that writing was easy and I wasn’t having to push or pull or will the ink out of the pen. It just flowed.

Visconti Wall Street Green Pearl Limited Edition Writing Sample

I did not talk in depth about the filling system which is a double reservoir power filler. The best information I could find to clarify what a “double reservoir power filler” was came from Inks and Pens who succinctly explained that its a glorified vacuum filler. Oh, well. That’s much easier to understand. The challenge is getting a full flush. Since this is not my pen, I did my best to fully flush the pen clean but it left a bit of clean water in the reservoir. Rather than disassemble a loaner pen, I’m going to leave the water in the pen than risk disassembly. It actually arrived with a bit of water in it so it seems to be an issue coming and going.

I confess, I waited until after I did all my testing and writing and experimenting to find out exactly how expensive this pen was. I know that Visconti pens are not inexpensive but I did not want the price of the pen to factor into my opinion of the pen. As many of you already know, I’m not a fan of the hype and fanfare around the Homo Sapiens line (see Pen Addict podcast episode 238) so I went into my Wall Street experience a little skeptical to begin with. However, I did warm to the pen in general. I did gasp a bit at the price.

If I wasn’t such an ink changer and didn’t think the clip was phoned-in, I might actually consider this pen as a possibility for my collection, with an extra fine nib of course. But with those caveats, I think I might rather put that kind of money towards a refurbished Parker Vac instead.

PS: I didn’t go into detail about the packaging because it was just fancy packaging. If you’d like to see photos of the box, check out this review for a different version of the pen, but the same packaging.

Big shout out to Casey (AKA Punkey) for loaning me this pen to try out. He is, as always, my enabler, my comrade and my favorite troublemaker.

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15 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I do not think the clip is supposed to suggest a scimitar but rather the Ponte Vecchio or even the Rialto Bridge of Italy.

    1. That’s probably a more flattering comparison to make but neither the Ponte Vecchio nor the Rialto Bridge has a anything to do with Wall Street. I would just have liked the theme of the pen to have carried to the clip. And I actually like Venice.

      1. I completely get your point about the theme carrying through. I do just want to comment that invoking the Ponte Vecchio bridge is straight from Visconti themselves, not a fans trying to describe the pen in a flattering way. I think it’s totally fair to say that the shape doesn’t fit the pen’s aesthetic, like smashing Old World architecture with American skyscrapers, but I don’t think it’s a haphazard, “we don’t know what to do with this clip thing” decision as much as it’s a deliberate branding/marketing device, like Montblanc’s “star”/snow-capped mountain motif.

          1. LOL, very true!

            Also, I should have said this in my first post, but thanks for your review. 🙂 I check your site daily and always enjoy reading them.

  2. I have no problem with the clip on the Wall Street. I like that it can open wider than the very tight clips in lots of pens. Green was not in stock when I got mine in red.

    I think the Homo Sapiens is my favorite fountain pen. I love that it is partly made from basaltic lava from Mount Etna. It has a unique feel. It’s just a cool pen. I never read up on it because I got to try my brother’s Homo Sapiens first. It has the same clip as the Wall Street.

    I chose stub nibs for mine and am very happy with them. The only thing is Visconti pens seem to not work right off if not used for a few days. Rinse the nib, dry it, write.

    Best prices I’ve found are at which redirects to Chatterley Luxuries. Bryant Greer is amazing to deal with. He’ll answer questions quickly. No affiliation but a happy customer.

  3. I own this pen in this color, with a M nib – and I LOVE everything about it. As others have said, it is a BRIDGE… not a scimitar. And I think if Parker can have the ARROW as their clip motif, Visconti can have their bridge. Not a big fan of every pen in a family having theme-unique ‘everything.’ I think the pen — ALL of it, screams “another beautiful Visconti.”

  4. At Five-Bills a-pop, I think it should say “1%” on the cap band.

    Oh, and I’m not a fan of the big humpy banner clips either – no class.

  5. The material is stunning, the BB nibs looks so juicy, but the prices is YIKES! I do have a Wall Street in red, but it’s the C/C filler and it’s 1/2 that price. Also a LE (I think…) but much “friendlier” in use and pricing. (Yes, I am not a fan of the Homo Sapiens line either!!)

  6. I have mostly Visconti pens that are double reservoir power-fillers like this Wall Street LE with the bridge clips. Not sure why the clips don’t bother me since I am about as conservative and non-flashy in my choices of these things as it gets but I truly love the brand and this model.
    Mont Blanc and others have been eye-opening underwhelmers for me and certainly I’ve had my share of quality problems with expensive Visconti’s but when they are right, I can’t find another pen brand that is so consistently, purely wonderful to use each time I pick it up.
    I’d rather invest in a pen that evokes that joy and satisfaction consistently which for me is firmly Visconti, occasional flaws and all. It certainly helps to have a master like Bryant @chatterlyluxuries behind the sale.
    Perhaps that feeling is what much of our pen preferences and passions come down to.

  7. Regarding the clip, it actually was designed to resemble architecture. Its design is inspired by the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence where the company is from. Everyone has their own subjective taste, and I’m personally not a huge fan of it either, but it was very intentionally designed.

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