After the success of the Homo Sapiens in the Lava of Etna Visconti, she wondered if it was possible to produce a pen with the material that best represents the Florentinity: the Florentine Cotto. Visconti has therefore decided to produce the "Brunelleschi" pen in homage to the great architect and to the dome of the Duomo, the largest artefact in the world in Florentine terracotta.
The cotto An ancient product.
The manufacture of terracotta objects is an operation known to man since 5000 BC. C. approximately, date back to some findings found in Egypt, Syria and Mesopotamia. It is in fact a very simple operation: it is enough to mix the earth with the water, kneading it and shaping it, modeling the resulting yielding material, leaving finally the task of consolidating it. The people that more than others allowed the achievement of very high levels in the processing of terracotta is the Etruscan, which used the artifacts for the covering of temples, the manufacture of tiles and cornices and also for the production of decorative objects and furniture, as furnishings, pottery, statuettes, vases. From Etruria terracotta was introduced in Rome, where it was used in construction practice, in particular for the manufacture of bricks and tiles. It is therefore likely that the production of terracotta artifacts in the Florentine area dates back to the Roman period, even if the documents are scarce and it is necessary to arrive at 1400 to find the first Tuscan Corporations of terracotta craftsmen.
Earth, water, air and fire.
The first phase of the process for the production of terracotta products involves the retrieval of the clay and the transfer to the furnace. Here it underwent a first purification phase, ie it was washed with water to be cleaned of organic substances, and was then filtered through several sieves. The modeling, which was done by hand or with the use of molds, necessarily followed the drying process of the artifacts in the square of the furnace and then the cooking, which was a real ritual with its own formulas and donations, in the ancient wood-burning ovens. Once cooked the artefacts were brought outside and washed down in the factory courtyards.
Visconti Brunelleschi technical features
Viscontini Brunelleschi is an oversized pen with 8 facets exactly like the dome of the Duomo. With a weight of about 45 grams it fits exactly in the almost universal weight range, being not really light or heavy, almost perfect for everyday use.
Its shape, like that of Homo Sapiens, is inspired by the Divine Proportion Leonardesca so the hood is 0.618 compared to the size of the stem. The pen closure, Visconti patent, is the well-known Hook Safe Lock that allows you to close the pen with a rotation of only 20 ° and permanently avoids an accidental opening of the cap. The material, a Florentine terracotta resin compound, was developed thanks to the experience gained with the Homo Sapiens lava despite having its own characteristics. First of all the color, dark enough to become a reference: it is often called cooked color! The color is very similar to red ebonite, so dear to the collectors of the legendary Parker Big Red or the early Waterman. Unlike ebonite, the cotto compound is very stable and does not become opaque over time and is considerably more resistant to shocks without reaching the levels of resilience of the Homo Sapiens lava. To define the cotto compound a modern version of the red ebonite is absolutely correct and the very high resistance to heat and flame are the confirmation. The package includes Fountain pen oversized with 23kt nib in palladium 950 dreamtouch, iconic nib of Visconti, the only nib in the world produced in Palladio 950 with optimal characteristics of flexibility and memory Travel inkwell to fill the pen while traveling and to increase the capacity of the power filler Dropper for filling the travel inkwell Inkwell in glass with ink Luxurious eco-leather pack