|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||60152|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||60152|
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Pilot Namiki Falcon Collection Fountain Pen, Black with Gold Accents, Soft Fine Nib (60152)
|Price:||$152.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
I bought this beautiful looking pen with a view to having my first "flexible nib" fountain pen, for daily use (dip pens are fantastic but you can't carry them around). I wanted a modern pen as opposed to an antique/used pen, and I chose a Soft Fine nib.
The Soft Fine nib is slightly finer than the usual fine nibs we get in the UK. The pen has a wonderful ink flow. The nib gives a little, but is NOT a "flexible nib". Posting the cap on the body makes the writing lighter and better. The line width variability, a key feature of "flexible nibs" is imperceptible. (The writing is nothing like the sample writing shown on the website. In fact I felt misled, but I won't return the pen.) It writes like a pen with a rather nice fine nib; but the scratchiness is distinctly audible, although reduced after writing some 200 pages of A5, so far. Recently I had to complete a lot of forms and the fine nib was excellent for the purpose. Also the SF nib deposits less ink on paper compared to say a M or OBB. With so many notebooks sold with somewhat thin paper, it is an advantage that this nib does not soak through, and one can write on the reverse side of the paper.
The refillable ink converter has an infuriatingly tiny capacity. A disappointment for a pen that carries the founder's name - Pilot should re-think. Cartridges have their advantage, but with such a wonderful range of inks now available today, users want refillable pens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As someone with experience using flexible nibs on both dip pens and the Desiderata Daedalus, I have to say that the Falcon really isn't a flex pen and should not be touted or... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Anger Problem
Even as an extra fine great to write with, helps to enhance writing by being able to focus on each curve of a letter. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Imran Dar
I am editing my earlier review (original below) and changing the rating from 1 star to 4 star. What I thought was a broken piece inside the piston was supposed to be an agitator... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ramamohan Pai
I bought the soft fine nib in rhodium trim and it is nearly perfect. I've had the pen for about a month and I can feel nib has softened up quite a it since purchase. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JWon131
I love this damn pen. My first serious fountain pen. Super-dependable flow with wonderful line variation.Published 1 month ago by Denver C. Risley
This is a fantastic pen. I heard it was a classic and I found out why. The nib is flexible and the ink flows beautifully.Published 2 months ago by Peregin
Overall a very good pen, though (as seems it's intended purpose) it functions better as a calligraphy or cursive pen rather than EDC. Mine is Pilot branded. Read morePublished 3 months ago by pendragon