Techniques

Visconti has been able to preserve and develop ancient craftsmanship techniques and mix them with various material in order to create really unique and precious objects.

We hereby remind:

Scrimshaw is the name given to engravings and carvings done in bone or ivory.

Typically it refers to the handiwork created by whalers out of the bones and teeth of whales. It takes the form of elaborate engravings in the form of pictures and lettering on the surface of the bone or tooth, with the engraving highlighted using a pigment.
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The making of scrimshaw began on whaling ships between 1745 and 1759 on the Pacific Ocean, and survived until the ban on commercial whaling. Early scrimshaw was done with crude sailing needles, and the movement of the ship, as well as the skill of the artist, produced drawings of varying levels of detail and artistry.

Today's artists use finer tools in various sizes, mostly borrowed from the dental industry.
Some scrimshanders ink their work with more than one color, and restrained polychromed examples of this art are now popular.

Visconti manufactures more than one item using scrimshaw.

This technique uses a compressed air devise which, through a nozzle connected to a can containing the colour, sprays finely pulverized paint, or other liquid colorants, on various types and sizes of surfaces.

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This devise first appears at the beginning of the 1900s, and was first used by artists to retouch photos: imperfect images became perfect through the refined touch-ups of the aerographic artist.

Visconti has extended this technique to all types of artistic expression, both pictorial and graphic, in pens as well as in watch dials.

Visconti cooperates with a team of international artist who are able to handpaint real masterpieces on Visconti items.

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The manual process includes several steps of painting and drying and is long lasting; in the end you will a perfect final result.

Visconti has a long experience to cut and carve silver or gold plates, to achieves wonderful and precious skeleton as basis of its Ltd or HRH pens.

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Watermark has been declared pen of the year 2017.

Silver or gold filigree is one of the oldest Italian goldsmithery arts.

This art, passed on from father to son, is a part of the Italian culture and art.
Unfortunately due to the very high costs of such technique and to the fact that it is totally handmade, only few experts are left in Italy.
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Visconti is proud to be able to design and produce, together with some of these great craftsmen, unique handmade filigree pens.

Production process

  • Drops of silver, or gold, are melted and wires of the required sizes are made.
  • With the help of a simple round piece of wood, a needle and the ability of the hands the silver wire is bent into the required shape: a flower, the frame, the decorations.
  • Frame (perimeter) is ready and is assembled with the internal main decorations, in this case flowers.
  • Using a special silver powder, the main frame is welded.
  • Main frame is now filled with smaller decorations which must be first hand-bent from wires. The size (diameter) of decorations is normally smaller than the main-frame.
  • The plate is ready ! Now it is necessary to roll, by hammering the plate over a solid steel rod. After welding the seem a test is made on the pen to check the final work.

Over 30 hours of work are necessary to complete only one plate !

Diamonds or other precious stones encrusted would mean pave or diamonds set all over.

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Small stones are fixed with mechanical or manual procedures, to obtain a shining surface which enriches even more a silver or gold material.

Visconti is skilled to create this special effects on its products

About

Since the 1988, the Visconti brought the writing industry back to Florence after an oblivion period over the years andit has turned Florentine and Italian craftsmanship into an icon of its products accompanying its fundamental values: Italian Design & Creativity, Craftsmanship, Quality, Luxury.