Another con of the Namiki Falcon is its low ink capacity (especially for a flex pen!). The piston converter holds roughly 0.5 ml of ink AFTER going through the process of filling, expelling air, and then filling again. Unless you don’t mind refilling your pen every couple days (assuming you write a few pages with it everyday, I usually write at least 7 pages of notes per day), the Namiki Falcon isn’t a very good everyday writer pen. Otherwise, it is definitely a beautiful pen that delivers a very smooth writing experience even when flexing the nib. :-) (If you check our post directory, you’ll find a link to my review of a broad nibbed Namiki Falcon.)
Pilot Falcon Metal Black Fountain Pen
Based I’m my previous posts you’ve probably guessed I like to kick it old school (who am I kidding, you haven’t read my other posts). I’ve tried using a basic Parker fountain pen for a while now but let’s face it, my handwriting sucks. Not in an illegible doctors notes kind of way, more is a 12 year old school girl kind of way. As I’m a 39 year old male this bothers me somewhat. Of course I blame my tools and believe that if I buy a better pen I’ll magically be able to write like someone who has been writing professionally their entire life. If you build it, he will come.
Thus the search for a better fountain pen began. I half expected to find some $10,000 gold plated rhino horn pen to be the one that everyone thought to be the best in the world. Thankfully no, commonsense has prevailed and those in the know seem to like a reasonably priced pen as long as it works. My search seems to have settled on the Pilot Falcon Metal Black Fountain Pen, the reviews suggest it does the job. The only thing I will add is that the users of this pen have this obsession with custom modifications to the nib, a process that seems to add around 50% to the cost of this pen. I’ll post up a couple of links to videos of a skilled user demonstrating this pen, so jealous.
Pros: A beautiful and efficient writing tool.
Cons: Made for the Japanese market means it’s a little harder to obtain. A number of reputable online dealers do stock it.
The damage: $240-300 (US) + shipping