Stunning design: that was the first thing I thought when I laid eyes on one of Lucio Rossi’s handmade leadholders. His writing instruments began under the VENVSTAS designer label, which was a joint venture that he eventually fell out off. At the tail end of 2022, Mr Rossi started his own studio LRD and e-store selling old stock of his VENVSTAS designs as well as a number of new ones. I found the link through a Japanese fan on Twitter.
I ended up pulling the trigger on two current designs: D567 Tokyo featuring circular punch outs that fell neatly as grip catches where the fingers would land; and D568 Grip a more ‘futuristic’ design with a sleek wraparound shroud.
Here’s how one might hold the D567. The ergonomics feel natural for an artist’s hand posture.
Here’s the D568 in hand. The lateral slots on the shroud form a grip zone for the thumb while the curved shoulder is quite nicely placed for a curled middle finger.
So much beauty! What’s the catch? Well these are truly HANDMADE. So the cost is high, in the region of 60 EUR if I recall. And handtooling can be imprecise. Some of the cutouts on the D567 actually had burrs leftover.
I contacted Mr Rossi about this and to his credit, he offered to send me another at no charge. However after much thought, I declined the offer - I had decided to rework the burrs on my own. “Your mileage may vary”, as it is said.