In 2020, Visconti made some changes to the lava based Homo Sapiens pen and added 3 colors to the line where it was a darker gray before. The material is still made from lava rock from Mount Etna but now can come in Blizzard (White), Inferno (Red) and Sandstorm (Tan). I purchased the Blizzard and let's delve into what I think about it.
One of the new changes to this pen is the nib. Previously, these pens came with a 23kt Palladium nib that they termed the Dreamtouch nib. The new Lava Color Homo Sapiens features a new 14kt gold nib that is manufactured in house. It has a new scroll design on the nib and overall, it is a lovely writer.
Traditionally, the Homo Sapiens pens had some distinct features with the easy cap locking system being one of them. The new Homo Sapiens Lava Color pens now feature a magnetic cap closure which is fun but I am not really a fan. My previous experience with a magnetic cap was that the seal is not that great and the ink will dry out and it makes writing a bit difficult. This pen is no different and it is saddening. If I let it sit 1 day alone then try writing first thing the next day it would take a bit for the ink to start flowing again. Please bring back the cap lock system.
I have always loved the Home Sapiens lava pens and how they feel in the hand. The material was always really interesting to look at. These Lava Color versions really bring out the texture of the material in a new light. It is mesmerizing and the Blizzard is my favorite to look at. It is a very pretty pen.
Overall, I like the pen but I would love it if it had the cap lock system that make the Homo Sapiens pens so easy to use.
This review is based off of my personal experiences and opinion. I do not represent Visconti nor am I being compensated in any way.