Originally Posted by Sterling Gillette
But then, what do you get from a pen if the two main ingredients, nib (+ feed) and filling system (Visconti seems to be all too fond of c/c), are not to your liking?
What is not to my liking may very well be to another persons liking. It really comes down to personal preference what importance one ascribes to the different parts of the pen, and my own preferences have changed somewhat over time.
That a pen manufacturer provides nibs with inconsistent quality does not mean there are no good nibs right from the box. But one should be wary of the fact and preferable test the pen before purchasing. When it comes to nib performance for me personally, I can adjust most nibs myself to write as intended. If I still do not like how it writes, I can have it reground by one of the nib meisters.
When it comes to filling system, some people prefer converters to other systems. I'm not one of them. I cannot judge whether Visconti is especially fond of converters, but judging from their catalogue I would not come to that conclusion. Visconti does offer converters, but only in their lower end tier. In other tiers they offer varying filling systems, like piston, double reservoir and vacuum power fillers. The Homo Sapiens utilizes the latter.
I would also like to point out that the materials used and how they fit together is not just for looks, but also adds function to the pen. I think the lava used in the Homo Sapiens is a great choice for some people who are used to heavier pens. The material is tough and essentially unbreakable, and adds considerable grip even for sweatier hands.
If the specifications of this pen matches your preferences, I think you would be quite happy with the pen.