Introduction to the Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Rhodium Trim Fountain Pen

The Namiki Falcon (in yellow gold trim) has long been a staple in the fountain pen world for it’s soft nib. Pilot has knocked one out of the park this time by introducing the same pen in a rhodium trim version, as well as expanding the nib offering to include a soft extra-fine!

Here are some time markers for the video:

  • Pilot/Namiki rebranding explanation (0:32)
  • Similarities between Namiki gold trim and Pilot rhodium trim (2:04)
  • Metal Falcon video reference (3:16)
  • Differences between Namiki gold trim and Pilot rhodium trim (3:40)
  • Box changes (5:22)
  • Filling the pen (5:58)

The new Pilot Falcon has a couple of slight cosmetic changes from the Namiki Falcon, namely the trim color (rhodium instead of gold), “Pilot” branding on the centerband instead of “Namiki”, a metal finial inlay, and a slightly larger trim ring near the threads on the grip. The most important difference (in my mind) is that the Pilot Falcon is available with a soft extra-fine nib, something that you could previously get only by paying out $240 for a Pilot Metal Falcon, or by getting a custom grind on the $144 Namiki Falcon.

Now though, you can get that amazingly thin extra-fine nib from the factory on a $144 Pilot Falcon, and get an impressive amount of flex.

Pilot Falcon, 14k gold nib with rhodium plating, rhodium trim 
Pilot Falcon 14k gold nib is soft, which means you can flex it for line variation

Pilot Falcon is very similar to Namiki Falcon, with subtle design changes including the inlaid finial

I’ll have a couple of other videos to come out over the next week on filling the Falcon and doing a writing comparison with it and a couple of other pens, so look out for those! Thanks for watching today and let me know any questions you have in the comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T14:20:23+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Pen Reviews|4 Comments