Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Medium Nib, Black Ink (91107) + 12 Pack of Ink Refills
- Pilot's sleek Metropolitan Collection signature pens
- Medium nib. Consistent Ink Delivery
- Comes with 12 Pack of Ink Refills
- Black barrel
Designed precisely for those who appreciate an exceptional writing experience. From the point of the nib to the end of the barrel, Pilot Fountain pens are expertly crafted from premium materials for the utmost in writing performance, feel, and reliability. Use with the included pre-filled in cartridge or fill the converter with your favorite ink. Pilot recommends Iroshizuku Bottled Fountain Pen ink. Namiki Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges are created using the highest standards and variations of color. Each hue provides an intense depth of color and consistency, rendering the highest performance from your most treasured fountain pens. Enjoy the rich colors of Japan with every stroke. For every creative endeavor, Namiki provides the ultimate writing tool.
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It's one of the smoothest writing pens I have, just glides over the paper but still provides some feedback about the paper texture. It lays down a nice, slightly wet line, virtually never skips. A good starter, it's uncommon for it to not start right away, even after a few days unused. The Japanese Medium nib is about the same width as an American or European fine, a good bit finer than a Euro Medium.
It's not enough that this pen looks, feels and writes like a pen at least double the price if not more, it also comes with a converter for bottled ink! Granted, it's a squeeze bulb not the screw piston most people seem to like, but it seems to hold a lot of ink for a converter.
The only thing abut this pen that I don't love is the grip section, it's a little more slender than I prefer, but that's really a small quibble. Overall it's a nice functional pen and an incredible value. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The body, section, feed and nib of the Metropolitan disassemble for cleaning. Some pens have a fixed section and feed that require a bulb syringe to flush ink.
I've added other pens to my collection but I always compare them to the Pilot Metropolitan for writing quality and fit and finish. This pen is a worthy addition to your writing collection and makes an excellent first fountain pen.
This pen has some drawbacks.
- It's heavier than plastic pens. The body and cap of the Metropolitan are made of brass. Posting the cap shifts the balance of the pen toward the rear. The fix is to write with the cap unposted.
- It has a snap cap. That may not be a drawback to you but I prefer the screw type caps. The act of unscrewing a fountain pen cap is part of the pleasure of using these pens.
- Two writing nib sizes: Japanese fine and medium (equivalent to European extra fine and fine). The nib is well-behaved using Pilot ink but can feel scratchy with other inks. Pilot ink lubricates the finer point of their nibs better than any other ink. Do yourself a favor and order Pilot Namiki IC100 Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge, Blue/Black, 12 Cartridges per Pack (69102) or Pilot Namiki IC100 Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge, Black, 12 Cartridges per Pack (69100) when you buy this pen.
Drawbacks aside, this is one of my favorite pens. I have both nib sizes that I use for writing and I also buy them as gifts.
- Writes great! (most important)
- Nice metal lid, clip, and barrel (at $13 price point!). Looks like a much more expensive pen. I bought the silver variety.
- Sturdy, un-obnoxious clip (unlike the Lamy entry level fountain which I also own)
- Comes with one cartridge (Pilot style), as well as a converter (bladder style)
- Comes in decent box and case (unlike any other pen in this price range)
- The thin plastic band which is about 3/4 inch thick in the middle is a little weird/cheap
- Bladder style converter is completely opaque and can't tell how much ink is in the bladder/resevoir. Also is a little unusual to fill since you don't know if you're pulling in enough ink ... you just guess
- Does dry out pretty quick with the lid off (i.e. while I think about what to write next ...)