Pen: Namiki Falcon SF nib with Rhodium trim
Ink: Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
I was introduced to the Namiki falcon while perusing YouTube for calligraphy videos. I stumbled upon one which showcased the Falcon with Mr. John Mottishaw’s Spencerian customization. As of this blog post the number of views on the video has gone past 4 million. Here’s the link if you guys are curious Custom Namiki Falcon. Anyway, by the time I watched the video and decided that I wanted one, Pilot was debuting the new rhodium version of the falcon, so I jumped at the opportunity and got one. I opted for the resin version, but there is another full metal version of the same pen which runs on Pilot’s CON-70 converter which holds a lot more ink than the CON-50, which is what the resin version comes with. I was tempted to get the metal version, but a $100 more in asking price, I decided against it.
I guess it’s a personal preference, but I feel that a gold and black color scheme makes a pen look much more gaudy than it needs to be. Silver, (or in most cases, rhodium) and black have a very subtle contrast that really grabs my attention. A silky, svelte black with a few pops of shiny silver really appeals to me in a way a black and gold pen never can. This smart looking pen looks like it would be perfect for any occasion, whether you’re taking notes in school, or signing autographs at a black tie dinner.
NIB & PERFORMANCE:
Despite the numerous compliments I gave this pen for it’s appearance, I have little in the way of praise for it’s performance. I really looked forward to using this pen as a quick note taker. I had asked Brian Goulet of the Goulet Pen Company (no affiliation) on what nib size I should look into after he did a promo video for the incoming Falcons. I wanted a quick note taker, but didn’t want to consume too much ink. He recommended I get a soft fine, and almost immediately, I pulled the trigger. After the pen arrived, I inked it up and took it to school the following day. The first few lines were velvety as the nib glided across the page, laying down a relatively thin, yet visible line of ink. 5 lines in, the experience took me straight down the gutter. The smoothness had lessened considerably, and the nib couldn’t keep up with my writing speed. Now I DO NOT write fast, in any sense of the word. At least not as fast as most people think. I tend to take my time when I form the letters to ensure the legibility. The frustration I experienced as I tried to keep on writing cannot be described in words. (Well it could, but then I’d have to censor everything past this point) After that first day, it has been sitting in my drawer collecting dust until I dug it up for this review. Even as I was making the handwritten review, I was running into problems, as you can see for yourselves.
This is one of the best looking pens I own, but I am not at all satisfied with the performance. I know it can’t be a problem with the nib as Goulet Pen Company ALWAYS checks the nib before sending out an order. Any suggestions on how to improve the experience? Should I send it to a nibmeister and ask for improved ink flow? Should I sell this pen and get another one that will make me happier? Let me know in the comments below!