Pen Review – Pilot Metropolitan

The Pilot Metropolitan has been much-discussed over the last several months.  It’s praised for being a very well-behaved pen, particularly for its rather low price point.  It’s an all-metal body with a pretty standard cigar-shaped design (albeit a skinny cigar.)  The steel nib has a touch of spring  to it.

I’m all for a good value, but the Metropolitan has a few things that keeps it from being one of my favorite pens.  For starters, it is a little too light for my liking.  And the  section is a little narrower than I like.  But the thing that really, really drives me nuts is Pilot’s decision to use a proprietary converter and cartridge system…especially since I have had a lot of issues with their converters, and I really don’t like the ink in their cartridges.  I can work around it, but I feel like I shouldn’t have to.  (See the video for a nice little rant on the subject.)

All in all, it is a decent pen, that writes pretty well.  It works well.  I did have to adjust the tines slightly to get rid of a touch of scratchiness, but other than that, it’s behaved pretty well.

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  • 蔣冰俊

    Hi, I’m quite new at this whole fountain pen business and was listening to your comment on converters. I was wondering, are the international converters work on those pens that you mentioned that used their own special converters? I bought a lamy converter instead of international one because I was quite afraid that the international one wont work on my lamy safari,

    Thank you.

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