After seeing some videos of it on the Internet, I became interested in the Namiki Falcon, an interesting pen in that it is one of the few modern-day "flex" pens currently being made. That, plus its distinctive nib design, really caught my attention. So, after looking around and trying some out in person, I now have in my possession a Falcon.
The one I got is black resin with gold trim (I think that's the only colour you get for the resin, but I could be wrong). Mine is a broad, labelled "SB" (soft-broad). All Falcons are 14k gold, as far as I know. It comes with a Pilot/Namiki cartridge and a CON-50 converter; the metal version is compatible with the much larger CON-70, while the resin (half the price, mind you) is not.
Writing with Montblanc Mystery Black on a Rhodia dot pad, it writes amazingly smooth. It lays a wet line without pressure, and almost writes like an oblique nib (wider on downstrokes than with horizontal strokes, but not by much) even before flexing the nib. This could be attributed to the nature of the nib. The un-flexed line for the broad is about the same as a Lamy medium nib, for comparison.
When flexing the nib, the line spreads to about twice its original width with some pressure. However, this requires quite a bit of pressure to maintain. This is why many people don't categorize this pen as a true flex pen, but more like a halfway point between semiflex and true flex. Namiki's "soft" label is appropriate in this regard.
Getting back to ink, though, you may want to use a more saturated ink than the Mystery Black I ran it up with. Stop writing for even a second (timed), and the ink will skip for a moment when you resume. I'll need to try this out with a more saturated ink later, but it's fine for now.
The pen is perfect for my hands while posted (my hands aren't too large; from middle-finger tip to wrist, it's the length of the pen posted), and it balances well. However, it is also absurdly light, weighing about the same as my Sailor 1911m. If you want the nib in a heavier package, the metal version could be up your best bet.
In closing, this is an awesome pen. However, if buying in person, expect to shell out about $250 for the resin version, and almost twice that for the metal. Online options price it around $170, but you (obviously) don't get to try before you buy, so keep that in mind.
As for you guys, what's your opinion on the Namiki Falcon?
EDIT: By the way, AFAIK, both version are compatible with the CON-20 converter, which holds more ink than a CON-50 but less than a cartridge. For finer nibs, this won't be an issue, but the broader nibs (like mine) may suck up a lot of ink, so keep that in mind.
Edited by XP100, 04 January 2012 - 22:22.