Thursday, December 26, 2013
Playing Around with the Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Soft Extra-Fine
I think just about every fountain pen fan has seen what a custom-ground extra-fine Namiki Falcon can do, and if you haven't check it out here. That video has >3.5 million views, even people I know that aren't into fountain pens ask me about it! When I heard Pilot was coming out with a resin Falcon in a soft extra-fine nib, I was really, really excited to see how it stacked up.
I've used the soft extra-fine nib on the Pilot Metal Falcon, and it is awesome. The nib on the brand-new rhodium-trim Pilot Falcon is identical, and everything I hoped it would be. For $144, this pen surely will be the new standard for gold flex nibs for those that want the most line variation without going with something custom. I threw the macro lens on my Canon 5DMk3 and just had a blast. No music or fancy frills, this video is all just to show you what a hack like me can do with a completely non-custom Pilot Falcon soft extra-fine.
And if you're confused by my title, Pilot is rebranding the Namiki line to now be "Pilot Fine Writing", so the Falcons will be transitioning over from the Namiki name to the Pilot name. All of the super-high-end Namiki pens will stay Namiki (like the Sterling collection), but the Falcons will all become Pilot branded eventually.
This video is a bit of an experiment for me, so I'd love to hear what you think. Enjoy!