Body Material: Resin
Length (capped): 5.37"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 4.82"
Length (posted): 5.89"
Barrel Diameter: 0.47"
Section Diameter: 0.40" - 0.43"
Nib material: 14KT Gold
Weight: 22 g
Fill type: CON-50 Converter/Cartridge
Where to buy: Pen Chalet/Amazon
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I bought my Falcon used, and the second Falcon I have used was also not mine, so I can't comment on the packaging. I'm guessing it wouldn't blow me away anyway. I hate keeping packaging.
The nib has a very simple but unusual appearance - it's a 14K yellow gold nib that says Namiki and soft fine on it to indicate the nib size. The nib has a strange arch in the middle of it, right before the breather hole. It's an interesting looking nib.
After cleaning, both Falcons I used worked very nicely. The nibs are smooth, wet, and precise. Ink doesn't gush from them, but when flexed, the flow can keep up well. I wish there was a better ink system because the CON-50 converter isn't the best and it doesn't hold that much ink, so when flexing a lot, ink runs out pretty quickly. Some people like this though, so maybe that's okay with you.
The Falcon comes in a resin and also metal body. This one is the resin so it's pretty light and very comfortable. I find it well-balanced, well-designed, and well-weighted, easy to use both unposted and posted. The cap posts securely and snugly, and I don't worry about the body being scratched when I post it (which may be something I'd consider if I had a metal Falcon). The threads are smooth and comfortable - not sharp to grip.
As to my comment that some Falcons need to be worked on: I said this because I have talked to several people who have bought new Falcons and they had issues with the ink flow on theirs. I have heard of two solutions: one is to change to the CON-20 converter, which alleviates the problem of the surface tension hampering ink flow in the CON-50 converter that comes with the Falcon. The other is to send it to a nibmeister to tune up for you. Don't let this hold you back on this pen - even if it needs to be worked on, that's not a fee that is too steep, and the pen is very fun and very pleasant to use, so it's well worth it! I think for the most part though, you should be okay.
I really like the Falcon. They are no longer Namiki Falcons, and are now branded as Pilot Falcons (though you could probably find some that are still stamped as Namikis). Since this pen can be used as a normal writer or as a semi-flex nib, depending on how much pressure you apply, it's a nice pen for every day and fun use as well. This is a decent pen, especially if you want a modern semi-flex pen - it's a decent price point. The nib can also be modified for further flex, which is a great option. I would love to get a Mottishaw Spencerian nib unit! Anyway, lovely pen. I definitely recommend them - for whatever your writing needs!
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