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Pilot Namiki Falcon Collection Fountain Pen, Black with Gold Accents, Soft Fine Nib (60152)

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  • Flexible hooded nib yields to user's writing angle
  • Elegant jet black barrel with Gold trim
  • 14 karat gold writing nib
  • Ships with 1 Pilot blue ink cartridge and 1 Pilot CON-50 converter
  • Presented in an elegant gift box
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Size: Fine Nib | Color: Black/Gold

From a culture that has revered the art of writing for more than a thousand years comes instruments that celebrate both writing and art. Where traditional techniques and modern innovations are fully realized in writing instruments that bridge art and technology, poetry and science, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Soar to new writing heights with the Namiki Falcon. Sleek in its unique style, this jet black fountain pen is a remarkable feat of engineering and elegance. The Namiki Falcon’s most extraordinary feature is its flexible, “hooded” nib that gently yields to the user’s writing angle. The nib was designed by our engineers with input from the association of pen shop owners in Japan who recommended a soft, flexible writing feel. This group subsequently endorsed the product. It is available as a fountain pen with a 14 karat gold nib in soft fine, medium or broad. Each pen is packaged and merchandised in a sleek black gift box. For the collector and connoisseur, Namiki is a revelation. For the valued client, friend or family member, it will be the gift of a lifetime. For every creative endeavor, Namiki is the ultimate writing tool.

Product Information

Size: Fine Nib | Color: Black/Gold
Technical Details
Brand NamePilot
Item Weight9.6 ounces
Product Dimensions5 x 1 x 1 inches
Item model number60152
Material TypeResin
Number of Items1
SizeFine Nib
Point TypeFine
Ink ColorBlack
Manufacturer Part Number60152
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #8,876 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableApril 2, 2004

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146 of 149 people found the following review helpful By N. Yee on February 29, 2012
Size: Medium NibColor: Black/Gold Verified Purchase
I was looking for a pen for Copperplate calligraphy, and most of the reviews tend to focus on everyday writing, so I wanted to add some thoughts on the flex nib aspect. I also uploaded some sample flex writing using both the medium and the fine nibs for comparison.

1) On the flexibility scale, it is semi-flex. So compared with vintage true-flex pens, you have to apply more pressure to achieve decent line width variation. The amount of pressure needed tires and strains the hand, and the steady pressure required also makes it harder to write flowing letters, especially compared with a dip pen nib. Still, it's hard to beat the convenience of a flex fountain pen.

2) There is a break-in period. The nib will feel super resistant at first, but gradually softens after some flex writing. The initial resistance may be disappointing, but it does decrease over time.

3) In terms of modern flex pens, Namiki's only competitor is the Noodler Flex pens (which retail for around $20). But you really do get what you pay for. When the Noodler works, it works great, but more often then not, I found myself having to tweak the Noodler and still found it unreliable. The Namiki Falcon on the other hand has reliable ink flow, and seldom rail-roads.

4) The flexibility of the nibs doesn't change between the nib sizes. This means that the max line width you can achieve is the same. Thus, you get maximum line width variation with the Fine nib, and reduced line variation with the medium nib, etc. If you're choosing between nibs for flex writing, the Fine nib is best to accentuate swells.

5) In terms of the spectrum of flex pens price points, I think this is the best entry point. The Noodler is too unreliable.
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151 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Rick Gauger on July 1, 2011
Size: Medium NibColor: Black/Gold Verified Purchase
A good fountain pen isn't cheap. This one gives me my money's worth. I'm not a pen collector, I'm a 68-year-old author and cartoonist who likes to write and draw with a fountain pen. This one writes smoothly, its nib is somewhat flexible (not as flexible as the pens of yesteryear), and it never skips or leaks, no matter what I do to it. I carry it constantly in my shirt pocket with no problems. I intend to keep using this pen for the next forty years. The Namiki Falcon isn't a fancy collector's item. It's a hard-working smoothie like the pens your grandparents loved. If you love to write and sketch, I urge you to try a good fountain pen with the right ink and paper. There is a sensual pleasure to it, even when writing algebra calculations. Maybe especially when writing algebra calculations.

I bought a bottle of black Noodler's Ink to go with it. This has also been very good. A full discussion of the issues of fountain pens and inks would take up many pages, so let me just say one thing for you folks who are new to fountain pens: there's really no such thing as waterproof ink for fountain pens, no matter what the advertising says. There IS waterproof ink -- you can use that when you intend to watercolor your drawing -- but never, never put that kind of ink in your fountain pen, it will ruin it.
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Size: Medium NibColor: Black/Gold
The Namiki Falcon is one of the great bargains in contemporary fountain pens, now that it is has become difficult to find gold-nibbed pens under $200. The Falcon has a 14 KT soft gold nib that is semi-flex. The barrel is black plastic with goldtone metal accents. It has a nicely finished, classic appearance. The pen is 14.8 cm long, capped. The barrel is 11 mm in diameter in the center of the pen. It has a nice warm feel and would be comfortable in small or moderately large hands. It weighs just under 20 grams with the converter in it. I had wondered if this pen would be too lightweight for my taste, but I have come to appreciate it, because flexing the nib for long periods of time makes my hand tired. I wouldn't want a heavier pen, but, if you do, the Falcon is available in a metal version.

The Falcon comes in a handsome black box that looks too big for it. The removable tray has space for 3 pens, so I am using it to store my most-used fountain pens, which now include the Falcon. The pen comes with a converter and one ink cartridge. Namiki/Pilot converters and cartridges are proprietary. Like many Japanese pens, they have a much larger hole for the ink supply than standard international cartridges. That's good, since a flex nib requires good ink flow. But I'm not fond of Namiki inks, so I've been using the converter, which is metal with a plate press on the side. It is easy to clean between ink refills because of the gaping hole in one end. But the nib is difficult to flush with an ear syringe, nasal aspirator, or soldering bulb. To make it easier, you can cut an empty Namiki cartridge in half, attach it, and flush the water through there.

Of course, you are considering the Namiki Falcon for the nib. It's one of very few flex nibs available on contemporary fountain pens.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Vision Wrangler on December 10, 2010
Size: Fine NibColor: Black/Gold
I've tried a lot of different fountain pens over the years and always have been disappointed. This one is the first that meets all of my expectations: it flows beautifully, has lovely thick and thin lines, is light, and is made for a smaller hand. Any handwriting with this pen looks fantastic. Used with Noodler's Black ink, it seems to never clog, even after going unused for a long while. It doesn't leak ever, even on the airplane. I use it for general writing, sketching, inking illustrations, etc. I was able to try this pen vs many others in a pen store in Manhattan, and this was able to make finer lines than any other pen I tried. The flexibility of the nib makes linework very organic and beautiful. The "ink expert" in the store recommended using Noodler's ink with this pen, and that hasn't disappointed me at all--a great ink that seems never to clog up the pen. I can't praise this pen enough.
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