Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The Pilot Metropolitan



This is a Pilot Metropolitan. brought to you by our friend Ed Jelley who in his review of this pen states, “Pilot really sets the standard for what an entry level fountain pen can be capable of.” and “Far exceeds its competitors in the sub $25 price bracket.” The part that really piqued my interest was when he said that the nib was buttery smooth. On a $15 pen? Seriously? I just might need to check one of these out…

Have you tried the Metropolitan yet?

6 thoughts on “The Pilot Metropolitan

  1. There are indeed many things to admire about this pen, especially for the price. Over all it has a wonderful feel to it except, to my hand, one thing. I find the pronounced step down in diameter from barrel to grip irritating to my fingers. I really do not like the feel of that edge, even trying to alter my grip to accommodate it.

  2. I agree – this is a fine pen, if you don’t mind a medium nib. Limited color selection but their construction is very decent and they’re reliable writers. I reviewed the gold one but I’m loving the look of the black one lately :D

  3. I haven’t tried one, mostly because I prefer a fine or extra fine nib and it is only available in medium nib.

  4. I bought 3 and gave one to a dear friend. I also have one of the European versions on the way from the U. K. that will use standard international cartridges. I bought the even less expensive Pilot Plumix pens and exchanged the nibs so that my Metropolitans produce stub/italic writing. I give the Plumixes to children (or adults) to introduce them to fountain pens.

  5. Yes. I love that pen.

    When Brian Goulet first introduced me to the Pilot Metropolitan, he stated, “It’s rare that a pen will come along that I feel will become as widely popular as these pens, so I don’t say the following statement lightly: the Pilot Metropolitan is a pen that has the potential to be as popular as the Preppy and Safari.” (via Ink Nouveau 11.16.12 -

    Having owned and loved both a Lamy Safari and a Lamy Studio (based largely on your recommendations), I have to say I prefer the Metropolitan to both of them. The build quality seems to fall somewhere between better than the Safari and not quite as good as the Studio (with the exception of the soft-touch coating on the Studio – the metal barrel on the Metropolitan is bulletproof!). I use it as a secondary daily writer now, and at that price, I don’t have to worry about damage or it “walking off” or anything of the sort.

    Because it’s not a screwtop, I happily share it with coworkers, too. (My heart skips a beat when someone picks up my Pelikan M405 or my Pilot Metal Falcon and starts trying to pull the cap off! :O )

    I got the additional converter so I could refill with my own ink, and I even acquired a Pilot Plumix from which to harvest a stub nib.

    So, I have a refillable, stub nib, super-smooth pen for less than the price of a Lamy Safari, and since I got the silver one with the little wavy lines, it looks much more “professional” than my bright red Lamy Safari. Very nice.

    You HAVE to have one. :) For anyone else who has never used a Fountain Pen, it’d be a great first pen.

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