Monday, April 25, 2011
Namiki Falcon First Impression
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This video is my true first impression of the Namiki Falcon, the first time I've ever inked it up!
A pen like the Namiki Falcon is one that I had heard much about but never seen for myself, until we become Namiki retailers. Of course, I wanted to see right away what all the fuss was about. It's a pen that's quite unique in its nib design, and is one of the few modern flex nib pens made today. It is classic in its design, but quite modern in its use.
Flex nib pens have been getting a lot of attention lately since the rise of the Noodler's Flex Pen. Prior to the Noodler's, the Falcon was really the only modern flex pen that I'd heard about with any consistency. Granted, the Falcon costs about 10 times the price of the Noodler's Flex Pen, it is admittedly, a much nicer looking pen, with a 14k nib to boot.
It's a fairly light pen, with good balance both posted and unposted. The degree of flex on it is not as great as the Noodler's flex, or some vintage flex pens. But in my opinion, this isn't such a bad thing. It's a pen that can flex, but also writes incredibly well as a 'normal' pen. It writes nicely with normal use, and flexes when you want it to. Here's a writing sample:
The coolest thing to me is the nib, it's just such a unique design it really grabs my attention! As soon as I saw the nib, I knew why they named the pen the Falcon, the nib looks like a beak! It's a 14k nib, which is the ideal metal for after-market nib grinding to add additional flex, should you choose to go that route.
So I hope you enjoy my first impression of the Falcon. My overall impression of the pen is positive. It's not a 'wet noodle' pen, and I wasn't expecting it to be. It's a nice-feeling nib that writes smoother than I thought it would, and flexes more than I thought it would. I had set my expectations fairly low, and they were exceeded. If you're on the market for a gold-nib sub $150 pen with some flex, the Falcon is worth a look.
How about you? What's your take on the Falcon?