Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen - Black/Gold, Soft Fine

$152.00
MSRP $190.00
Product Code PN60152
In Stock, Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business Days
The Pilot Falcon (previously known as the Namiki Falcon) is an iconic pen in the fountain pen world. It's most famous for its 14k gold soft nib, which provides line variation when you change your writing pressure. This Falcon comes with a soft fine nib and includes a Con-40 converter for bottled ink and a Pilot/Namiki ink cartridge in a pen case.
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Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen - Black/Gold, Soft Fine

The Pilot Falcon (previously known as the Namiki Falcon) is an iconic pen in the fountain pen world. It's most famous for its 14k gold soft nib, which provides line variation when you change your writing pressure. This Falcon comes with a soft fine nib and includes a Con-40 converter for bottled ink and a Pilot/Namiki ink cartridge in a pen case.

The softness of the nib is such that if you want to use it for daily writing you can, without having to flex it out. Though if you do want to showcase line variation, all you need to do is increase your writing pressure on the downstrokes and it's there for when you need it. Pilot doesn't advertise this as a "flex" pen, though it has that reputation in the fountain pen community. It most certainly provides distinct line variation, though you can overdo it, so just be cognizant of how far you're pushing it when you flex the nib tines.

The soft extra-fine nib is quite fine, and has a very toothy feel to it though it does provide the most dramatic line variation of all the nib options. The soft-fine has quite a lot of line variation, as well, with a noticeably smoother feel than the soft extra-fine so it's ideal as an 'everyday' pen. The soft medium and soft broad are quite smooth and enjoyable to write with, though the line variation is less noticeable on these nib sizes than the finer nibs. Pilot (and other Japanese nib companies) has a reputation for grinding their nibs finer than European brands. We've found that to be the case with the extra-fine and fine nibs, while the medium and broad nibs are more similar to European nibs. Check our Nib Nook comparison tool to see how the writing samples that Brian Goulet has done compare to other pen models.

The Falcon is made of black resin, a light material that polishes to a high gloss. The pen is trimmed with polished gold accents, which really complement the black color nicely. The threads on the grip are subtle, and while your fingers may touch them while you're writing, it's not bothersome at all for most writers.

This is a slightly lighter pen than most at 19g, a noticeable difference from the heavier Pilot Metal Falcon. It's well-balanced with the cap posted or not. The screw-cap pushes on the back of the pen to post, and holds very firmly.

While the Falcon is certainly an investment, if you appreciate Pilot's quality and are looking for a reliable soft nib in a professional-looking pen, then you should give this pen a serious look.

Availability
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business Days
Condition
New
Brand
Pilot
Type
Fountain Pens
Pen Model
Pilot Falcon
Body Color
Black
Demonstrator
No
Body Material
Resin
Cap Type
Screw-cap
Compatible inks & refills
Bottled inks, Proprietary ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism
Cartridge, Converter
Grip Material
Resin
Nib Color
Gold
Nib Material
14kt Gold
Nib Size
Soft Fine
Postable
Yes
Retractable
No
Trim
Gold
Diameter - Body
12mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
14mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
16.8mm (0.7in)
Diameter - Grip
10mm (0.4in)
Length - Body
123mm (4.8in)
Length - Cap
64mm (2.5in)
Length - Nib
18.4mm (0.7in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
136mm (5.4in)
Length - Overall (Posted)
150mm (5.9in)
Weight - Body
10g (0.4oz)
Weight - Cap
9g (0.3oz)
Weight - Overall
19g (0.7oz)
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge
1.10ml
Max Ink Capacity - Converter
0.87ml
Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen - Black/Gold, Soft Fine is rated 4.8033 out of 5 by 61.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not old fashioned flex... ....but modern flex. I've had a Pilot Falcon with a soft fine nib for about 8 months now and I am very impressed with it. The nib is not what I would call a flex nib in the way a nib from a pen made prior to 1955 or so, but it does have a nice degree of line variation. The nib does not require a lot of pressure to give a wider stroke, but it feels a lot firmer than old fashioned flex nibs. Of the pens I have tried this is tied with the Platinum #3776 with a soft fine nib for my favourite modern fountain pen with a flex style nib. I've not regreted buying this pen for an instant - and I'd recommend it to others.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing pen worth every cent Im an artist and the decision to purchase a pen as exclusive as the Namiki Falcon was more of an investment than anything. I had seen the youtube reviews from the Goulet pen co and many others (all great reviews) I decided to make the purchase most reviews were positive and upon arrival it was the smoothest most awesome pen, it glides and flexes with such ease. As an artist when sketching with different line widths it happens like magic!. I would recommend this pen to any artist, any scribe, any poet, just about anyone who wants a good pen. I got the Fine nib and has been working beautifully since!! Thank You Goulet Pen Co.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent pen I am suprised at how much flex this pen is capable of! The fine nib draws a very fine line, about 0.3 mm, and with a little more pressure about 1.0 mm, and I don't think that's over stressing the nib. Namiki Falcon fine is an extra fine when compared to what I'm used to. The fine nib is not so good for general non-flex writing, if that is what you are intending I recommend a medium nib. It does write fairly smooth if you don't use too much pressure but most people's initial reaction would be "scratchy!" The ink capacity of the converter is quite small too, especially when "semi-flex" writing because it uses a lot more ink.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the moral of the story I loved this pen the moment I inked it. Then, I wasn't so sure. I had recently started purchasing slightly higher end pens, and this was one of them. What was that tiny noise I was hearing sometimes? Was it supposed to make noise!?! Did that mean I shouldn't love it? As I experimented with various papers and inks, I loved this pen even more and the tiny little noise came and went with different strokes. Ah ha! The soft fine nib is a dream, producing almost hairline strokes as desired, and broader strokes if you want to make things a bit more interesting. What's a tiny bit of noise when you are in love? (And it is okay to be a beginner in the FP realm.)
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice, pretty flexible pen The Namiki Falcon is very light; although I prefer heavier pens, I do really like the Falcon. I got the fine-nib variant, which writes just wondefully. I was surprised: I've written a lot with it and it hasn't skipped a single time: just unscrew the cap, and it writes - every time, with a lot of different inks. The big question is whether this is really a flex nib. As far as I'm concerned, yes and no. Yes, you will definitely get some line variation, but no, don't expect to see a huge variation in line width. In all, the Falcon is one of my new favourites!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite flex pen I have a large collection of flex pens--vintage, modern, expensive and inexpensive, and this is my favorite one. It's not the flexiest, and takes a little writing to get it to soften up to it's full extent but--and this is a BIG but--it is absolutely dependable. I uncap it, and it writes. Every time. And that is worth a lot to me. Like most flex pens, it adds a nice flair to everyday writing, and is a joy to sketch with. And a big plus--this resin model can be used as an eyedropper! I put a little silicone grease on the threads, and fill the barrel with my favorite ink. A big ink capacity is almost a must with a flex nib, since they lay down so much ink. By turning this one into an eyedropper, I don't worry about it running out during a long sketching or writing session. Perfect!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pen Ever! I absolutely love this pen! It gives so much more character to my writing, as the semi-flexible nib provides a nice amount of line variation. I wouldn't say it is full flex because it takes a good deal of pressure to create anything other than a medium amount of line width variation. Despite this fact, I think that for a modern fountain pen the 14k gold nib is a jewel of an instrument! It is my go-to pen for everything from daily writing, note taking, creative writing, calligraphy, and any other excuse I can find to use it! It looks absolutely amazing when filled with Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo (which I didn't understand all the hype for when I first used it with a Lamy Medium nib), and is gorgeous when filled with RK Alt-Goldgrun, as well. Overall, I would recommend this pen to anyone who wants to take their writing to the next level by adding a unique, flexible dimension.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted! Excellent soft nib on this Namiki. I bought it because I wanted to be able to create some flourishes with my writing and line variances that don't exist in a normal nib. It's great. Normally I use a medium nib, but I went with the fine because I heard there is greater line variation. The fine is very thin with no pressure on the nib but I tend to write with a heavy hand and it works perfectly. Goulet was great. Shipped quickly, everything came intact. The only bit of warning I have is the resin body on this model of Namiki is light. Very light. It might feel cheap to some people. It writes beautifully and looks great, but if you want something with more heft, look at the metal falcon.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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