Namiki falcon: : PILOT Namiki Falcon Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel with Gold Accents, Soft Medium Nib (60252) : Namiki Resin Falcon : Office Products : PILOT Namiki Falcon Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel with Gold Accents, Soft Medium Nib (60252) : Namiki Resin Falcon : Office Products

The resin Falcon is elegant if conservatively styled. Mine is the gold rather than Rhodium trim – I like my gold to look like gold, and the gold version was $130 rather than $144. Be aware that if you order through a company shipping out of Japan rather than Amazon Prime, you are going to get a big bump for shipping (or wait rather a long time). The pen comes with the Con-50 converter – the metal version fits the larger Con-70, this does not. You can refill a cartridge, or use the slightly larger but opaque Con-20, but the Con-50 seems to work well and you can see the amount of ink remaining.

Used with a light hand, the fine nib gets lines of equal weight to the Prera or Metropolitan fine. It can vary out to a broad, maybe a double broad width – I am being conservative in pushing the line width for the moment. It take a conscious effort to flex the pen – it is much easier to flex than an unmodified Noodler’s Ahab, but no where near what a dip pen or vintage flex pen can achieve. At it’s flexiest, this is a semi-flex pen at the most. Consider the Pilot 742/743/912 FA pen if you want more and easier flex (but more troublesome railroading issues). It is a little more flexible than the Pilot 74/91 soft fine nibs. Railroading was rare for me with Iroshizuku inks, a little more noticable at times with De Atramentis Document Inks. Simply slowing down invariably solved such issues.

The resin Falcon is an extremely light pen, to the point that some people equate light must equal cheap. It’s not. It’s well made. The cap screws on and off smoothly, with about 1.25 turns needed (a little more than a Twsbi Mini). The pen is long enough to be used comfortably in my medium male glove-size hands, but I prefer the extra weight of it being posted, which it does very securely. This does move the balance back towards the end a bit, but nothing that I find distracting.

Smoothness. Reasonably smooth – most Pilot nibs are – but it does transmit paper surface texture more readily than the Pilot steel nibs I have used.

Bottom Line: It’s a pricey pen. If you want a hint of line variation but want to save some money, consider the Pilot 74 or Pilot 91 soft nibs, or the Platinum 3776 soft fine. If you want some flair to your writing, but have never worked with flexible nibs before (I’ve used very flexible dip nibs for decades) consider a “stub” nib, such as the medium “calligraphy” nib on the Pilot Prera. They are easier to get the hang of, and a whole lot cheaper. If you are an artist, nothing beats flex, but just scale back your expectations to the actual flex this offers, rather than what you may see from highly modified Falcons. The EF will have slightly more dramatic variation, at the cost of a slightly scratchier nib. My advice would be not to let that deter you if you want the finer line – for general sketching, I find the Fine of adequate fineness and easy to use. As to Resin vs. Metal: that’s a whole lot of money just to get a brass barrel and a Con-70. Unless you find it on deep discount (it does show up intermittently on Amazon at under $180 Prime delivered rather than the usual $240), can’t abide lightweight pens, or you simply need an extremely rugged barrel, my advice would be to save a whole lot of money and get the resin version.

Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen – Black – Gold Trim – Soft Fine Nib

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Description Specifications Questions & Answers

Add sweeping strokes and tapers to your writing with the Pilot Falcon fountain pen. The secret to its distinctive writing lies in its equally distinctive nib. Resembling the beak of a falcon, the nib flexes more easily than a normal nib, resulting in line variation reminiscent of traditional brush and pointed pen calligraphy. While not as flexible as the dip pens used by professional calligraphers, the Falcon is perfect for adding a sophisticated flair to your everyday writing and for creating beautiful calligraphy without the hassle of using a dip pen.


  • 14k gold soft fine nib that creates moderate line variation with changes in writing pressure.
  • Glossy black resin body with gold-finished accents.
  • Includes a converter, one blue ink cartridge, and a black gift box.


This item comes with a 1-year warranty from Pilot Corporation of America.

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Manufacturer Pilot
Body Color Black
Body Material Plastic
Capped or Retractable Capped – Screw On
Clip Material Metal
Clippable Yes
Converter Included Yes
Diameter – Grip 11. 0 mm
Diameter – Max 12.0 mm
Eyedropper Convertible i”Yes” indicates that this pen can be converted into an eyedropper pen, which is filled by putting ink directly into the barrel. For instructions, see our eyedropper conversion guide. For “Yes – with Modification,” see the Questions & Answers section above and the guide. No
Filling Mechanism Cartridge – Proprietary, Converter
Gift Set No
Grip Color Black
Grip Material Plastic
Ink Refillable Yes
Length – Capped 13.6 cm / 5.4 inches
Length – Posted 15.0 cm / 5.9 inches
Length – Uncapped 12.3 cm / 4.8 inches
Nib Color Gold
Nib Material 14k Gold
Nib Size Fine (Soft Fine), Flex
Pre-Installed Ink Color Blue
Tip Replaceable No
Tip Type Nib
Weight – Barrel (Empty) 0. 26 oz / 7 grams
Weight – Cap 0.31 oz / 9 grams
Weight – Whole Pen (Empty) 0.58 oz / 16 grams

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Pretty nice FP . Smooth…

April 14, 2021

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Pretty nice FP . Smooth writing and light to hold. I would completely love this
pen If the pen material were stronger, since feels a bit cheap . Other Than that
it is a great FP

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The Pilot (Namiki) Falcon…

The Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Soft Fine is a fantastic drawing pen. It produces nice
variation in line thicknesses depending on how heavy of light you push down.
The springiness in the nib produces the right amount of feedback that any and
all skill levels will appreciate. I initially thought the pen was light in
weight, but after hours of drawing with it my thoughts about that has changed.
The pen is easy to handle, and it seems to handle Noodler’s Bulletproof black
pretty well–just don’t expect it to produce consistent thick lines with the
tines wide open after the 4th or 5th stroke. My only real complaint with the the
Falcon is the volume of ink it holds in its converter. You can finish a sketch
on letter size paper on one fill-up, but for those times you’re away from home
and don’t wish to bring a bottle of ink along, I wished it had a larger

3 people found this helpful

It was not what I expected…

April 3, 2021

Verified Purchase

It was not what I expected but still delivered! This nib makes me wanna teer
(tear) up when I write with it. The sized of the pen it self surprisingly left
me to think for a good 4 minutes…. all to say it’s JUUUUUUST RIIGHT!
Who’da thought! For those who don’t particularly like smaller pens DO NOT

Also I must confess I’ve never flexed my nibs. This whole time in my time with
gold nibs I thought I was flexing them til I did with the falcon….. this is my
fist actual time flexing…. no rail raiding either more ink starving…. I’ve
been going crazy with it (field testing with different inks) and passed all
brands (the popular ones anyway)

Thanks! This is my dream…

December 24, 2020

Verified Purchase

Thanks! This is my dream fountain pen. Happy holidays!

May 8, 2020

Verified Purchase

I love this pen. The nib allows me to write with small letters. It is a joy to
use this.


Pilot Falcon Review – The Nibsmith

What I really like about this pen is the section. It’s relatively long and places the barrel threads as out of the way as possible to give you more room for your grip.

In the hand, the Falcon is very comfortable. Due to its resin construction the pen remains very light, only 19 grams when capped and a feather-like 10.4 when flying capless. It’s just a bit too small and light for me in this configuration and I much preferred writing with the cap posted. It attaches very securely and sits far enough down the barrel to prevent any weird weight distribution issues. If you like thin and light pens, this is the one for you.

The Falcon does use Pilot’s proprietary cartridge/converter filling system but won’t accept the larger CON-70 pump converter. You’ll have to step up to the metal Falcon for that option. This pen does comes with the CON-50 twist converter with the agitator installed which helps prevent ink from clinging to the inside of the converter and interrupting flow to the nib. I’ve found the 0.1mL loss in capacity due to the agitator worth the trade-off for any possible flow issues. If max ink capacity is important to you, then you’ll want to refill a cartridge which will hold a solid 1. 0mL of ink.

And putting ink on paper is this nib’s specialty. The “soft” descriptor in its nib width means you can spread the tines to get that beautiful line variation that lets everyone know you’re not using some pathetic ballpoint. I would classify this nib as semi-flexible since I was able to consistently achieve line widths up to 1.25mm. With no pressure at all, the fine nib will produce a line 0.4mm wide which is noticeably thinner than the fine nibs from European manufacturers which measure between 0.5-0.6mm.

The fine nib in this pen was smooth and quite pleasant to use both when flexing and not flexing the nib. I have used the extra fine nib in the metal Falcon and it was pretty sharp and scratchy.

In this side profile view (watch the video for this demonstration) you can really see how soft this nib is and just how far it moves away from the feed. I wasn’t pushing the nib any harder here than I normally would and am confident that I stayed well within the nibs capabilities.

This nib is soft, and it is flexible, but it’s also responsive. It’s not mushy, but on the other hand it also doesn’t require so much effort that your hand gets tired after a few words like what can happen with cheap, flexible steel nibs (a.k.a. Noodler’s). Most of the time, the feed is perfect but depending on the ink, you may experience some rail-roading. You’ll see a little bit of that happen here but the feed recovers quickly. Paper selection and how quickly you pull the nib across the page will also affect whether or not you experience any rail-roading.

By now, I’m sure you’re wondering how it compares to other modern flexible nibs. Well, the only one really worth comparing it to is the FA nib in the Pilot Custom Heritage 912. I guess the Justus 95 would be a good candidate, but I already did an entire video comparing that pen to the metal Falcon which is essentially the same pen as the resin Falcon. Anyway, there is a big difference between these two nibs. The FA nib is softer and I can easily get lines as wide as 1. 8mm, compared to the Falcon’s 1.25mm. The Falcon is more consistent though and railroads less often. The Falcon is definitely the better buy as you’re getting more for your money, but if you must have the ultimate in modern flex, I think the FA is the way to go. Just be prepared to do some tweaking to make it shine.

The reduced flexibility of the Falcon means you gain more consistency in flow, resulting in less railroading. Now, I’m not doing an in-depth comparison between these two nibs but just know that what little rail-roading you see here from the Falcon is much less than what I’ve experienced with the FA nib.

When writing in my normal cursive script (as seen in the video) I’ve experienced very few instances where the nib will rail-road. Since I’m writing slower and not pushing the nib to the max on every stroke, it’s easier for the feed to keep up. I was very pleased with its consistent performance given the number of different inks I used.

I had a great experience with the Falcon. It’s a well made, top tier pen with a fantastic nib that performed excellently out of the box. At $152, you’re getting a lot for your money. Initially, I kind of avoided this pen because of its nib shape. It’s design didn’t really appeal to me. But, now that I’ve used it, I’m a huge fan and the Falcon has now become one of three pens I recommend to people looking to spend around $150 for a pen. That’s how good it is.

Pilot Falcon fountain pen black

More info

We are delighted that the Pilot (Namiki) Falcon is now officially available in Europe. This classic design features a 14k gold, rhodium-plated “soft” nib that creates a degree of flexibility rarely found in modern fountain pens. Brass construction with gloss lacquer coating.  The Falcon takes PILOT cartridges or the CON-70 push button converter (supplied).


Length Capped = 138.5 mm

Nib length = 18.6 mm

Section length = 24 mm

Section diameter (max/min) = 11. 2/10.1 mm

Barrel diameter (max) = 12.5 mm

Total length (not posted, including nib) = 126.8 mm

Total length posted (including nib) = 156.8 mm

Weight = 34 g

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UK postage is FREE over £20 but otherwise starts at £1.50 for small items (converters, refills etc) or £2.95 for ink, stationery etc.

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Review: Pilot Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen with Spencerian modification

I only got to know of the Pilot Namiki Falcon through a Youtube video.

The penmanship showed in the video mesmerised me into getting the fountain pen. The Namiki Falcon showed above actually has a Spencerian modification, meaning the nib was grounded to extra fine with added flex to make it more suitable for writing Spencerian script.

The Namiki Falcon I bought two years ago was the unmodified standard off-the-shelf model, but recently I’ve bought another with the Spencerian modification. So now I have two Namiki Falcons. I like them both.

This review will cover both the standard and modified Namiki Falcons.

The pen comes with a twist-type converter in the box.


The black resin body is standard size with gold trimmings at the usual places.

For the customised pen that I bought from, I noticed the clip was polished to a much smoother surface when compared to the unmodified one which still has some angular form. The clip on the cap is pretty prone to scratches. Both of my pen clips have some scratches and tiny dents from my carelessness, for which I feel a tinge of sadness.

This is the design at the tail end of the cap.

The pen feels very well balanced when held alone or posted with cap behind. It weighs just 18.3 grams. Rather lightweight, the way I like it.

The distinctive shape of the nib is bent to a smooth curve, somewhat like a bird’s beak but not to the full extent. There’s no design carved onto the 14K gold nib surface except for some numbers and the word “Namiki” and “Japan”.

On the right is the Spencerian modification, and left is the unmodified.


You have a choice of extra fine, fine, medium and broad nib. The standard one I bought has the fine nib. If you’re getting the Spencerian modification, it doesn’t matter what nib you get because it will eventually be grounded down to extra fine.

The standard nib already comes with some degree of flex. Apply slight pressure and you can get a thicker stroke. Writing is smooth and ink flow is great.

The Spencerian modified nib comes with additional flex. It requires even lesser pressure to flex. Writing feels slightly scratchy which is not surprising since it’s such a sharp nib. Depending on the grain and texture of the paper, sometimes it has tendency to dig into the paper. The strokes it can deliver is both thinner and wider compared to the unmodified version. The additional flex is the main selling point.

With the Spencerian modification, you can almost get brush-like strokes going to super thin to much thicker, I would say about 0.2 to 1 in terms of technical pen nib sizes. The unmodified one goes from 0.3 to 0.8 probably based on visual unmeasured inspection.

When sketching, drawing broad strokes with the Spencerian model, there’s a chance of railroading when you go too fast. Railroading means the nibs flex apart and ink flow can’t catch up resulting in two lines rather than one. For normal writing speed, ink flow is good enough and there won’t be such railroading problems.

The variance of stroke thickness from the standard vs Spencerian is quite significant that I feel like they are different pens. Even though I’ve two Namiki Falcons, there are enough characteristics to set them apart.

For drawing

Below are some sketches I drew with the pens. In typical use, I don’t really flex the nibs that much.

One nifty feature of the nib is you can use the back of it to fill in large areas with ink. Remember the beak shaped nib? When you turn the pen upside down, the curved part is actually convex and comes out a bit and you can use the flat side of the nib to create a thick 0.9cm stroke.

It’s not easy to control the ultra-thick stroke that way as you don’t know where the bottom of the strokes ends because the nib is upside down so you can’t see. With the Spencerian model, as the nib is so sharp, there’s tendency for it to create an ultra thin line at the top of the ultra-thick stroke.

The shaded areas are filled in with the back of the nib. Since the Iroshizuku sepia ink I used wasn’t not totally dark, you can see the different layers of ink overlaying on top of each other.

For the three watercolour sketches above of train passengers, I did not flex the nib.

These are strokes from the non-modified Namiki Falcon. Notice at the top right box, there are several strokes with railroading symptoms. That happens when the strokes go fast and the ink flow cannot catch up.

These are the strokes from the Namiki Falcon with Spencerian modification. The greater variance in stroke thickness is quite obvious here.

It can be a good alternative to dip pens typically used for inking comics. By the way, Mattias Adolfsson uses a Namiki Falcon for his drawings.

To prevent railroading is as simple as slowing down the strokes.

As the nib is quite sharp for both the pens, the moving the nibs in upward motion may sometimes get into the grain of the paper. As such, upward strokes are always thin. Thick lines are always created with the nib pulled downwards.

Here’s a drawing with the Spencerian modified Namiki where different techniques are in used. There are some hatching, the thick and thin strokes, and filling in the blacks with the back of the nib. The drawing measures only 13 cm wide and the extra fine nib is really great at the tiny details.

This is the video I talked about earlier that demonstrates the ability of the Spencerian modified nib. I would advise not to watch it if you have impulse purchase tendency. LOL.


The Pilot Namiki Falcon is a nice pen for sketching, both the standard and Spencerian modified ones. It’s a pen more suited for those who like thinner strokes. I can’t speak for the medium and broad nib in terms of how much flex they have, so if you have those the M and B nib please leave a comment below. And if you like thin lines, also check out the Carbon desk pen and Platinum KDP-3000AN/DP-1000AN desk pen.

The Namiki Falcon is not the only pen that can be modified with Spencerian modification. You can see the other pen models at And if you want the Spencerian modification, you can get your pen from, which is where I bought mine from.

Once again, I want to mention that the Spencerian modification is too scratchy for normal writing purposes. The modification is more for those who like scripts and cursive handwriting, or use it for drawing.

Whether you get the unmodified or Spencerian will depend on your drawing style so I can’t really recommend one over the other. As I’ve said, I like both.

As for the standard Namiki Falcon, follow these direct links to find the pen on Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | JP).

Or if you want to look for an affordable fountain pen with flex, check out the review written by my friend Andrew at…

Gourmet Pens: Review: Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen

I love flex nibs and I longed for a Falcon forever because I really wanted to try a modern flex pen. Finally, I acquired one and have been using it for quite some time. I have actually used two so I can give my opinion on two of these pens!


Body Material: Resin
Trim: Gold
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
Price: $144.00USD/$130.00USD
Where to buy: Pen Chalet/Amazon

Use “GourmetPens” at PenChalet for 10% off!


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.


This Pilot/Namiki Falcon has a very classic appearance: it is a black resin body with gold trim. The ends are blunt, tapered off slightly from the body. The cap is wider than the barrel. The finial is black, matching the rest of the body. The section is also black, and tapers towards the nib. The threads are also plastic and at the end of the section. Overall, the appearance of the pen is pretty classic. .. until you see the nib!


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.

Since I have not used a new Falcon, I cannot comment on how they work out of the box. The one I bought used needed the nib and feed knocked out to give it a serious cleaning – there was so much ink crusted in it! All writing before I did this was a failure. It ran dry and wouldn’t work and drove me so nuts that I just put it in a pen pouch for months, because I couldn’t punch the feed out without a punch block.

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 nib is a semi-flexible nib that is soft, so with moderate pressure, it flexes quite a bit. My Falcon was not very broken in yet, so while the nib was soft, it needed more pressure to achieve the same amount of line variation as the second Falcon (which did have a broken in nib). How do you know when the nib is broken in? Well, just use it, and eventually, it becomes softer and easier to achieve full line variation!


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.

It’s not the biggest pen either, when compared to other pens, such as the Sailor 1911 Large fountain pen. It’s a nice size for almost all users, I think – not too big, not too small. Just right!

Top and bottom: Namiki Falcon, Sailor 1911 Large. 


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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Big And Bold Namiki Falcon

A fountain pen veteran once told me that in time, fine nibs would give way to broad nibs in my collection. Either he was half right or my rotation is still evolving after a mere ten years. As evidence last week two pens arrived, the tangerine Levenger True Writer with a very nice fine nib and Pilot’s resin Namiki Falcon SB with a soft broad nib. Guess which one got the most use. Okay. Did the post title give it away?

The Falcon is one of my favorite pens. The size and weight are very comfortable for my hand and my two soft fine nibs are always close at hand. They have become a bit more flexible with use and produce excellent results with a variety of inks. Sailor Brown, J Herbin Lie de Thé, and Diamine Violet are especial favorites in them.

Namiki Falcon SF, Diamine Violet, Rhodia grid paper

However, being a fan of Pilot’s Iroshizuku line, the new Falcon SB got loaded (drunk and dazzled) on Tsuki-yo for its maiden voyage. What a fat, wet nib! This baby will never skip. On Rhodia paper a blotter helped but a different ink should tame that a bit.

The nib is very smooth but squeaks slightly which is a funny combination. The lack of drag is great when my hand is tired so it will be perfect for my end-of-the-day journal entry, often my longest daily writing session. One of the nice things about that usage is any color ink goes. No need to be all businesslike or conservative so perhaps Rohrer & Klingner Morinda or Magenta or even Solferino will fit the nib’s attributes and the paper’s willingness to accept loads of ink. A nib with this much flow will be a good match for pale colored inks like pink, apricot and pale blue.

This is a “soft” nib with a very limited amount of give though enough to produce a unique signature with a flair or two. I want to play with that a bit but my initial take is that Pilot labeling it SB is generous. Yes, it will flex very slightly but the line looks nearly identical to the non-flex line at least with Tsuki-yo and Morinda. The SF is better at flex but only after it has had some use. I’ve never used the SM (soft medium) but have read it is the nib people like the most. If it is halfway between the two, I can see why that would be the sweet spot for many users. Someday I will have to get my hands on one for comparison.

Namiki Falcon Nib Comparison Test

Not to put anyone off on adding the Namiki Falcon SB to your collection, but this is one pen that puts down a truly broad, wet line. Some folks will be thrilled at that while others may be intimidated. The SB is not ideal for small handwriting. It is best for big, bold statements. My handwriting suffers but my hand is happy with the ease with which I can write albeit sloppily. With practice my penmanship should improve. If not, it doesn’t really matter because when I grab the SB, writing longer will be more important than writing neater. For those times big and bold is just fine with me.

Note: My new Falcon came from Pear Tree Pens as did the bottle of Morinda. Tsuki-yo has been on my shelf since shortly after its release and is available from a number of sources including PTP. It’s a favorite amongst Iroshizuku fanatics and would be a good starting point if you haven’t tried this line of inks yet.

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Smoothly moving in our story from Japanese pens to pens with semi-flexible nibs. Anyway, today’s review opens a decade of semi-flexible pen on PenMania (just the stars converged 🙂

C Today on the PenMania catwalk is a remarkable pen, a modern icon of writing with variable line width. If you have already tried several different fountain pens and use them regularly and want to try something interesting, and better with a semi-flexible nib, then most likely experienced colleagues will offer you to hold or immediately buy a Pilot pen with a Falcon nib.These pens are currently being produced, but, nevertheless, it is not easy to buy them. Not only is such a pen quite expensive in price, but you will also have to look for it, or maybe, at an online auction, you will have to fight for the selected copy with others looking for new experiences …

Today we face the Pilot Namiki Falcon Elabo model.

I myself have tried these nibs several times, but very little and it would be unethical to review. But we have a person who purposefully looked for such a pen, tested it comprehensively and is ready to share with us (share the impression). He reveals (or hides 🙂 his outstanding writing and other abilities under the already known literary pseudonym Sergey [Lu]. Sergei and the word and the tribune and …


The interest of users of fountain pens in flexible nibs was and will be), so let’s study together a little the novelty of the Japanese “pen industry” from Pilot with a flexible nib, which, according to the developers, looks like a falcon’s beak!

Called Pilot Namiki Falcon Elabo Mega Flexible, SEF pen.


Let’s start with the case. The model is a novelty and was launched in June 2011, but I would like to say right away that it differs from the previous one only in a lighter case. Due to this, there is a change in the cost of this model: it is about 25-30% cheaper than its predecessor with a heavier brass body. Here we have traditionally high quality lightweight plastic (which is certainly more pleasant for lovers of lightweight pens). This explains the marketing ploy: many were unhappy that the previous model was too heavy for their taste for a flexible pen. Well, now the handle has become more affordable. I didn’t like the colors in the previous model: the colors of the plastic, in my opinion, are richer and more interesting than the painted metal …

To say about the body of the handle in question, of course, it would be necessary to say something before moving on to the “main course” (pen), but I can’t even single out anything special. The quality of the plastic, the engraving of the ring on the cap .. – all this is higher than that of the models of a lower price range, Custom74, for example, but on the whole it is quite normal – high for the Pilot: ergonomic, high quality, as always….

The cap is twisted, on its top there is a polished metal insert, the clip is excellent, there is a high-quality engraving on the ring: it seems some kind of beautiful pattern, if you look closely – the name of the model is also present between the pattern).

High quality plastic, glossy. The shape is cigar, but, like the Sailor Professional Gear – the ends of the cap and barrel are not rounded, truncated. The barrel and cap have a narrow ring of white metal before the end.The width at the grip is not narrow – about the same as in 1911 Large, Castom 74.

Dimensions: cap – 64mm, handle without cap – 122, handle with cap – 137.

The balance is excellent with or without the cap. Refueling: cartridge / converter. Pilot CON-70 is not included in this handle.


Well here. Finally).

After all, all the “relish” of this pen is in it. And now we will try to figure out what is behind the epithet “wet noodles” (WET NOODLE), which is applied to such a pen.

Falcon .. No, and you really look at this feather. He is the beak …

What can I say … the pen is really flexible! The first impression is that you immediately notice when writing. That, thanks to the shape of the end of the pen, the overview is maximally freed up: when writing, the place of contact of the tip of the pen to the paper and the “birth” of the text are seen better, I saw it anywhere, it is very convenient and pleasant to observe how the inscription appears in this way. The pen writes with a thin line without pressing very smoothly.The line comes out unsaturated. If you add just a little bit of pressure, the line thickness is preserved, but the line becomes saturated – the flow can already be described as abundant. A thin, well-fed line is beautiful. Press harder – the line is thick M. Even harder – B. The difference between the line thickness without pressure and the maximum width when pressed is about 5 times.

Below is a sample of Falcon Elabo SM pen writing

I myself am a fan of vintage flexible nibs, but that’s another story.But for me modern flexible, including titanium, feathers are no less interesting. And the pen in question is, of course, interesting in itself. And in an unusual, peculiar form, and in the way it allows you to write. It seemed to me that the lower the tilt of the pen to the plane of the paper, the easier it is to achieve variability in line width. You can “calligraphy” with such a pen. Better or worse than others – it’s up to a specific user to decide – everyone has their own priorities. Note that this pen is easy to use in everyday writing.The design of the pen makes it possible to write freely in the “current” F-line mode, the transition to flexibility requires starting to press harder than, for example, in Omas Emotika. I liked writing texts with drop caps with this pen.

E then the first large letters at the beginning of the paragraph (sentences), distinguished by their design, if in simple words. Looks spectacular … Large letter with different line width, and then – neat text with a thin saturated line.

Interesting pen, original high quality flexible nib.Excellent copy!

… and thanks to Sergey for a wonderful review of this wonderful fountain pen! Well, to the Pilot company – thanks for the fact that they produce such pens!

90,000 For contribution to the preparation and holding of the City Day . .. “Administration of the city of Novy Urengoy

Novy Urengoy noted recently
40th anniversary. September 22 at a meeting of the organizing committee for
preparation of citywide events, Deputy Head of the City Administration
Novy Urengoy Nadezhda Bondar presented the gratitude of the City Administration to representatives
city ​​enterprises and institutions, individual entrepreneurs for a large
contribution to the organization
anniversary celebrations.

Deputy Head of the City Administration
Nadezhda Bondar, addressing the guests, noted: “This year was rich
for anniversary dates. I would like to thank everyone who took an active part in
preparation and holding of citywide events. Especially we had a lot
assistants on the City Day. Together we have created a good holiday for the townspeople,
Thank you for that”.

Gratitude from the Administration
the city of Novy Urengoy was announced to Stanislav Tsygankov, General Director of OJSC Severneftegazprom; Alexandru
Ryskov, General Director of Urengoydorstroy LLC; Vadim Syrtsev, General
Director of OOO Region Obshchepit Service; Nikolay Spirin, Director of GazNefteHolding LLC;
Evgeny Udovik, Director of LLC Advertising and Printing Company SOUVENIRYCH;
Elena Korobko, LLC correspondent
“Pulse”; Viktor Potekhin, head of the hardware-studio complex of LLC
“Pulse”; Elena Alekseeva, head
radio station “Sigma”; Alexandru
To the body, to the head
Novourengoy motorcycle club “Russian motorcyclists”; Dmitry Burlev, head of the Yamal regional
branches of the Night Wolves motorcycle club; Namik
Avdunov, Chairman of the Local Public Organization Novourengoysky
Azerbaijan Congress “Farman”; Natalya Kholkina, Director of Urengoypromstroytrast LLC, Andrey Obodov,
Executive Director of Gradorika Management Company LLC; Galina Kuznetsova,
individual entrepreneur;
Sakharova, Director of Antalya LLC; Larisa Bateneva, General Director of Inta-1 LLC; David Delazde, General
Director of Sokol LLC; Christine Martirosyan, individual entrepreneur; Margarita Mikhailenko, Neral Director of Uslada LLC; Valentina Ferapontova,
individual entrepreneur; Marina Merkusheva, Deputy
director of Praha LLC; Ekaterina Zyzina, director of the Subway cafe; Victoria Chernobrovkina, managing director
restaurant holding “ART-GROUP”; Dmitry Saraev, individual entrepreneur; Nadezhda Shagrova, Director of the CCC
“Gas producer”; Tatyana Rostovtseva, manager of the Provence restaurant; Dmitry
Forazhkin, Director of Impulse LLC; Alexander Belova, editor-in-chief of the Moscow University
“Novourengoyskaya city newspaper“ Pravd Severa ”; Alexey Shirshnev, Vrio
the head of the OGIBDD and Alexander Stepanov, the head of the RESH of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate.

to note that this year enterprises have made a great contribution to the design of the city
trade. Festively decorated shops, bus stops, trade
centers, catering establishments reminded the townspeople of the approaching anniversary

the committee for the preparation of citywide events expresses gratitude to all enterprises
and city organizations for active
social position, because everything that has already been achieved and what still needs to be done in
city, it is impossible without cooperation and understanding.

Information and analytical

90,000 “Adults should sleep three times a day.” Neuroanatom Andrei Sokol – on the benefits of daytime sleep

For ten years now, neuroanatom Andrei Sokol falls asleep at about three o’clock in the morning, and wakes up at eight in the morning so that, after returning from work, he can take another hour’s nap. Scientifically, this is called “biphasic sleep. ” The doctor calculates that this saves about ten hours a week – and explains how to properly sleep during the day.

Biphasic sleep is the most popular form of polyphasic sleep, which means reduced nighttime rest plus one restorative sleep during the day. In a number of countries, siesta (in fact, a kind of biphasic sleep) is considered not a luxury, but an absolutely natural physiological necessity. So they traditionally rest, for example, in Greece, Spain, Italy. Afternoon naps are also popular in China and Taiwan.

“Getting enough sleep in one go is like eating once a day”

– Why did you decide to give up the standard eight-hour sleep at night?

– I used to sleep well, sometimes tolerably, but more often I woke up tired.

Subjectively, the “battery” was charged by 40-50 percent, which was somehow enough to last the day, but there was no talk of any productivity by the evening. Given that I am an owl by nature, the time after sunset is my favorite part of the day.

Switching to biphasic sleep solved these problems and became, perhaps, the first successful attempt to put your regime in order. I wish I had started practicing earlier.

Dividing sleep into several parts is a universal rule of the entire animal world.After all, getting enough sleep in one go is like eating once a day. As a rule, animals do not do this, look, for example, at your cat or dog. Small children also sleep several times a day, that is, they are polyphasic in nature. Unfortunately, with age, people are forced to adjust their biorhythms to the needs of society, regardless of whether they want to sleep during the day or not. Moreover, we even began to consider such a way of life as natural. Which, of course, does not coincide with the program originally written in our genes.For adults, it would be worth reducing the length of their night’s sleep and sleeping two, or preferably three times a day.

– And what are the benefits for you?

– Agree, it’s great to have a little more free time in the day. Unlike extreme versions of the polyphasic regime, where only a couple of hours a day are allotted to sleep, biphasic practice saves relatively little. With my regime, it takes 1.5-2 hours a day, on the other hand, this is already about 10-14 hours a week.However, the point, in the end, is not how many hours you are awake, much more important is the quality of this very wakefulness. Biphasic sleep has objectively added to my productivity. As evidenced by the analysis of the literature, a single daytime sleep in addition to the nighttime increases alertness, creativity, mood, performance level, reduces irritability and, in general, has a beneficial effect on the state of the brain. In addition, it has been shown that peoples who practice siesta are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease.

– You said that it is not easy to enter such a regime. What were the difficulties?

– Perhaps it is worth mentioning two main nuances.

First, it is not always possible to doze off at the same time. Meanwhile, the stability of the regime is very important, since our biological clock needs a certain time in order to get used to the new schedule. By constantly juggling our nap time, we leave no chance for the hypnogenic brain system to properly tune our circadian rhythms.Think, for example, jetlag – sleep disturbance when changing multiple time zones.

The second important point is to get out of bed immediately, without delay. The habit of getting up immediately when the alarm sounds is generally a very useful habit from the point of view of sleep neurobiology, and here’s why. As your body prepares to wake up, the production of the main sleep hormone, melatonin, stops, and, on the contrary, the intensive synthesis of the stress hormone cortisol is triggered in order to bring the body into proper tone.If, by turning off the alarm, you allow yourself to doze further, the brain begins to reasonably be indignant, wondering where to spend freshly prepared cortisol and how to quickly synthesize the required amount of melatonin again. The payment for such manifestations of laziness is the feeling of general weakness and “heaviness” in the head.

– How do loved ones adjust to your sleep patterns?

– Of course, I had to get used to it, to look for compromises. Pretty soon they agreed that during sleep I began to close them in the kitchen or in the bathroom.But seriously, of course, the sleeper has to adjust. However, big sacrifices are not required, high-quality earplugs and a sleep mask (if necessary) completely solve the main problems.

“Optimal sleep 20-25 minutes during the day”

– To whom, in your opinion, the option of sleeping during the day may also be suitable?

– I suppose for everyone who wants to get the above bonuses and live more productively. For example, such business giants as Google, Apple, Uber, Nike and others have long understood the benefits of a nap break and equipped their employees with special “quiet rooms” where everyone can relax or meditate.

– What is the “more efficient” way to sleep during the day and rest the brain?

– Above all, do not forget about standard sleep hygiene, which includes well-known tips such as “sleep in a quiet, dark, well-ventilated and cool (but not cold) room.” Don’t overload your stomach before bed. The use of relaxation techniques is beneficial, at least it is worth avoiding overexcitation and stress. It is not superfluous to have a comfortable orthopedic mattress and a properly selected pillow, and ideally, if funds allow, you can purchase an automated chair specially designed for daytime sleep – an energy pod capsule.

Among other things, there are three more time factors to consider. First, it is advisable not to doze a few hours before the main sleep in order to avoid insomnia. Secondly, it is necessary to reckon with the individual chronotype, since the choice of the optimal daily sleep regimen for “owls” and “larks” will naturally differ. And, finally, the third essential point is the duration of the siesta.

Without going into the intricacies of sleep architecture, the following should be noted.

Even a 10-minute nap fights sleepiness quite well, increasing subjective and objective performance.However, the effect of such recharging will not be very long, about one hour.

Perhaps the most preferred option for daytime sleep is an interval of 20-25 minutes. Two stages of shallow, slow-wave sleep will reboot your body and brain.

While rest for more than half an hour will plunge you into a deep sleep, the exit from which will be like a hangover, which will last about 30 minutes on average.

If time permits, then it is more logical to go through a full cycle of 90 minutes, which includes four stages of slow wave sleep and REM sleep with dreams.This type of daytime rest will allow you to wake up easily and fully rejuvenate. In addition, a full sleep cycle has a positive effect on the processes associated with learning and memory.

Coffee lovers should pay attention to the coffee nap. If you drink a cup of coffee and go to bed right there, you can count on a double bonus to vigor, since caffeine does not begin to act immediately, but twenty minutes later, as a result of which you wake up extra-fresh.

When choosing a suitable schedule, do not forget to add the time you need to fall asleep on top.For example, for a sleep of 20 minutes, the timer should be set to 30.

– What are the “safety rules” worth knowing before deciding to experiment with sleep?

– The key is to listen to your body. To understand which mode you need is possible only by trial and error. Like temperament, sleep patterns are quite individual. For example, a small percentage of the world’s population has a mutated DEC2 gene, which naturally requires less sleep.By the way, not everyone is equally disposed to biphasic sleep.

One day nap brings rest and recovery. While others do not know how to fall asleep quickly and sleep anxiously. For such people, siesta will rather have a negative impact. In addition, you should not experiment with sleep for young, elderly and insomniacs.

The undoubted plus of the biphasic mode is that it is a relatively simple technique, the transition to which does not require special preparation. However, getting used to it usually takes a week or two.Try to follow your chosen routine, and pretty soon your mind and body will respond to you with gratitude. Productive dreams for you!

Photo: Nadezhda Buzhan for Office Life

What is known about the killer who killed the thief in law in an elite fitness club

On Monday, around three o’clock in the afternoon, a few visitors to the elite fitness club “Don-sport” (“Scarlet Sails”) near the Shchukinskaya metro station, they became unwitting witnesses to the murder. In fact, it was a public execution: another visitor approached a sturdy man in a white T-shirt, who was at that moment on the treadmill, and almost point-blank shot him with a pistol.Then he finished it off with a control shot to the head. The killer paid no attention to other clients, who began to flee in panic. He calmly walked to the bench, took a bright red backpack and left the room.

The 40-year-old thief in law Ali Musseib-oglu Heydarov (Albert Ryzhiy), well-known in the criminal world, was killed. True, his name became known only after the operatives “pierced” signs and tattoos in special file cabinets. In fitness, he was known as Gennady Petrov.As it turned out, Red lived here – in the residential complex “Alye Parusa”.

The killer was a man with dark hair, about 35 years old, athletic build, about 180 cm tall. He was wearing black sweatpants, a T-shirt and sneakers. Operatives managed to track him on cameras. They first found his backpack, which he threw on the ledge in the inner aisle where the fitness club is located. Inside were a Scorpion submachine gun, two magazines from it and 50 rounds.

Alleged killer.Photo © Telegram / 112

Life sources said that the killer did not use the subway or his car: he changed to different buses, changed clothes and caps. In the cabin of one of the buses they found a Glock pistol, which had been dropped by the killer. Albert Ryzhiy had already survived several assassination attempts, so he was usually accompanied by an armed bodyguard. The killer knew about this and grabbed a more powerful weapon, which remained in his backpack. It should be noted that the Glock and Scorpion have the same caliber – 9 mm.Only a ballistic examination will establish from which particular weapon the thief in law was killed.

Judging by the cameras, the criminal caught a taxi near the Sokol metro station, after which his trail disappeared. On Wednesday, the Investigative Committee announced that the suspect had been detained. His apartment is being searched.

The detectives also searched the apartment of Ryzhy and his personal guard, where they found two “trauma” cartridges converted for firing with conventional cartridges based on a Makarov pistol.

As it turned out, the murder of the thief in law was not spontaneous. The killer prepared for it thoroughly. He rented an apartment in the same residential complex “Scarlet Sails”, where he settled his 24-year-old friend. From time to time he visited her, they went shopping and restaurants together. The killer signed up for a local fitness club under a false name. The girl claims that she did not know anything about the plans of her roommate and that he was very careful and secretive. For example, he preferred to communicate through instant messengers, and immediately deleted messages. The detectives found nothing interesting in the apartment. The girl herself is now in a state of shock and fears for her life.

First, there was information that the killer’s name was Taleh Namik-oglu Oruchev. However, in the evening, after he was detained by operatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB, it turned out that the real name of the killer was Matlab Pasha-oglu Sultanov. The killer has already confessed everything, but he calls personal insults as a motive, denying that he shot the authority for money.

Who could order Albert Ryzhiy?

The slain was considered the rising star of the thieves’ world.Born in 1981 in Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan by area and population. At the age of 15, he moved to the Arkhangelsk region, where he helped his relatives sell flowers and fruits. In the same place, in the North, the future thief joined the Komsomol organized criminal group, trading in robberies. Alik got his nickname for a lock of blond hair on his head. After some time, Red moved to St. Petersburg, where he received his second nickname – St. Petersburg. Heydarov was crowned in the fall of 2012 on the recommendation of the head of a large mafia clan Aslan Usoyan – Ded Khasan.In the thieves’ milieu, Red was always considered a “lucky” (extremely successful criminal). Heydarov survived at least three serious assassination attempts and always got out of the water.

After the murder of the influential thief in law Nadir Salifov (Lotu Guli) in Turkey, Red claimed the income from the deceased’s vegetable business. According to one version, it was Heydarov who could be behind the murder of Lotu Guli. According to the Prime Crime agency, after the death of the latter, his brother Namik began to seek the deprivation of Red’s high criminal status.

The conflict between the Salifovs and Heydarov is quite old. Back in 2014, in the Turkish city of Edirne, Ryzhiy was severely beaten, including by Namik Salifov. The incident was caught on video.

“Run, Albert, Run” – a video of the thieves’ “rule”. Video © YouTube / Edirne

Red returned to St. Petersburg, where he was caught robbing car owners while selling cars and received seven years in prison. A year ago, Heydarov was released on parole, becoming the first thief in law who was released for this reason – for exemplary behavior.

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