A lot of fountain pen lovers see the Metropolitan as an affordable favorite. All the more reason to test it out myself. Most of the time it’s a pleasure to buy a new fountain pen, but there are also salespeople that are not really happy with their job. “Do you want to try that one as well? That fountain pen writes the same as the other one. In other words: I don’t want to clean the fountain pens you are trying. These annoying salespeople are a good reason never to come back again. Unfortunately I still see them regularly in some shops. These people often don’t know anything about the pens they are selling, they can’t tell a Parker from a Cross. But luckily it’s not always the same.
Let’s be clear, there are no nibs that write exactly the same. You can buy ten fountain pens of the same brand and I swear you can make a distinction between good, okay and bad in less than three tries. This result is different for everybody, that’s why it’s important to try a fountain pen before you buy it. Luckily most nibs adjust to the writer after a while. But if you have the opportunity I urge you to try a fountain pen out before you buy it, especially with midrange fountain pens.
Nibs of the Pilot Metropolitan
After some doubt I went with the Medium nib. The Metropolitan comes in a nice metal box, which is better than those cardboard shoeboxes that you get with a Parker fountain pen. When I got home I put a filling in it and started writing. Oddly enough Pilot chose the international cartridge system with this pen. But I kind of like it this way because I always have those fillings on hand.
How well does the Pilot Metropolitan write?
The Pilot Metropolitan is indeed a fine fountain pen, especially when you see the price. It has quite a nice grip. A bit on the narrow side for my taste, but it doesn’t annoy at all when writing. The fountain pen has a nice finish and is available in different colours and designs. The pen is made out of metal, but not too heavy. You can write with the cap posted, but there is not much difference to writing without the cap. Both methods work pretty well.
Pilot has a reputation for making excellent nibs, even their single-use fountain pens write like a charm. The Metropolitan truly is a recommendation. This pen will give you a lot of writing pleasure. It doesn’t skip and the flow of ink is perfect. It doesn’t matter if you have to make annotations or have to do calculations, where you don’t write continuously and the nib can dry out, everything goes. The steel nib sometimes scratches the paper a little bit, but that doesn’t spoil the fun. I expect this to improve over time. The Metropolitan is a reliable writing instrument and I can imagine this is a favorite of many people. Whenever I’m going on holidays I always have to make a choice which pens to bring. Not the most expensive ones, I don’t want to lose those. But still you want to have something that writes well. That problem got solved with this pen! The click system in the cap works like a charm and you can carry this pen around in many different ways without a worry.