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.