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Namiki Falcon Writing Sample!

I’ve been really busy lately, and haven’t had much time to play with my Grail pen! :-( But a couple of people asked for a writing sample, so it was a good excuse to bring out the Namiki Falcon that I had modified as an extra fine, extra flexible nib by John Mottishaw. The paper is a large Quo Vadis Habana, and the ink is J. Herbin Violette Pensée.

I’ve never used a non-modified Namiki Falcon, and I haven’t even used that many flexible nibs, so I don’t have much of a basis of comparison. However, the modified Falcon’s nib seems pretty flexible to me, and it has loosened up even more from when I first started using it. It was a bit scratchy when I first received it, which is perhaps to be expected of such an extra-fine-nibbed pen. I did some ill-advised nib smoothing on my own (I was impatient!), but I like the results–it’s better behaved now. Mind you, I haven’t used flexible nibs very long, and I need a lot more practice, but here are my amateurish attempts at writing with this pen!

My initial attempts at penmanship with this flexible Falcon!

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Comments (7)


  1. TAO says:

    Looks fine to me, especially for early days with the nib.

  2. KookyChick says:

    Thanks, TAO! :-) I’ll try to find time to keep practicing!

  3. Erin says:

    Looks like fun! You’re already doing very well.

  4. Inkophile says:

    If that’s a first attempt, you missed your calling. ;)

  5. KookyChick says:

    Inkophile: You’re too kind! It’s not my very first attempt, but I’ve only used it a handful of times for a few minutes each (at least using the flex–I’ve used it to write a letter without using its flexible properties). :-)

    Erin: Thank you! I have too many other areas of my life that are stressful–I’m trying to enjoy this pen and have fun with it! :-D

  6. Sam says:

    Oooo, I’m green with envy! In a good way, though. ;) I’ve been drooling over a Namiki Falcon for a while now, but unless my numbers come up on the lottery I think it’s going to be a while before I get to play like you have. Your handwriting is beautiful, BTW. :)

  7. KookyChick says:

    Thanks, Sam! :D I don’t have a lot of experience with flexy nibs, but this one has been quite fun! I have a vintage flexy nib on its way, too, so I might have more of a basis of comparison soon!

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