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
  • Todd Naber

    Great video- the Pilot Falcon looks like a fine pen with a great nib. I guess the Nib is what justifies the high price… When the price comes down I might think about getting one- until then I'll just keep writing with the Pilot Vortex, Pilot Petit, Jinhao, Lamy Safari & the Mabie-Todd I have.
    Thanks for the Ink Drop- I signed up and am excited to try out 5 inks a month!

  • Yeah, the nib is going to be most of the reason for that price. I wouldn't hold your breath too much about the price though, Pilot's pretty firm about their pricing and that's a pretty big gap from the other pens you mentioned! You're welcome about the Ink Drop, I think you'll enjoy it!

  • Brett Preisig

    Hey Brian, I've been a fan of the metal Namiki Falocn for some time and it's been all about that Soft Extra Fine Nib. Now that it is available in the cheaper package, I could seriously be tempted! I'm curious though, I've seen on various forums recurring comments that this pen (the metal falcon with the SEF nib, and presumably now the new plastic one) are problematic to clean. Have you found this to be a problem?

  • Todd Naber

    I really like the Plurple Ink Drop. I too am enjoying the Private Reserve Inks- they seem thinner and flow better in the Preppy (roller ball converter that I got when I bought a bottle of Noodlers Ink) and in the Noodlers Roller Ball Pen. I tried them in few fountain pens and they seemed to just 'leak' out (used in converters)! Any idea if you will offer the Roller Ball Converters for the Platinum Preppy that came with the Noodlers Inks?