Pen Review: Namiki (Pilot) Falcon Acrylic

I’ll cut to the chase.  This is a pen about which I feel relatively “meh.”  It has never worked well for me.  It may be because of the way I hold my pens when I write.  It may be because I was expecting a pen that flexes a little more.  It may be because I got a bit of a “dud.”  But in any case, the Falcon has never held up particularly well for me.  You can watch the video a bit more to see what I mean.

I was surprised at the feedback I got on this pen.  Up until this point, I had never come across anyone who just loved their Falcon.  They are certainly out there.  The first thing many of them did is call me out on over-flexing my pen.  “It’s a soft nib, not a flex nib!”  Fair enough.  Perhaps that is one of the reasons why I don’t care for this pen so much.  I don’t really see the use of a “soft” nib.  If I can’t get line variation out of it, I think I’d rather just have a nib that will perform well, be as smooth as butter, and not require such special handling.  But this weird in-between “soft” nib is just a pain in the rear for the way I write.  A pain in the rear that, as you will see in the video, causes the pen to hard start and skip.

And, of course, let’s not get me started on the whole Pilot proprietary cartridges and converters thing…