|Model Number||PILOT FCO-3SR-BO-M|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 oz|
|Body Material||Metal (Brass)|
|Design Style||Classic, Beginner-Friendly|
|Diameter - Grip||9.8 mm|
|Diameter - Max||13.0 mm|
|Length - Capped||13.8 cm|
|Length - Posted||15.2 cm|
|Length - Uncapped||12.6 cm|
|Pre-Installed Ink Color||Black|
|Tip Length||17.6 mm|
March 31, 2013
Is this pen identical...
Is this pen identical to the Metropolitan?
Yes, but also a little bit no.
This is what I was wondering when I ordered it, because it sure does *look* identical in the stats, but over twice the price. I own a Black Zig-Zag pattern Metropolitan and now this Bordeaux Cocoon. Both nibs are marked Pilot (M), but the Metropolitan includes "Japan" underneath, and they have a slightly different pattern of markings around the nib tines - the Cocoon has dots while the Metropolitan has straight lines forming a chevron.
Otherwise, I can find no appreciable differences between the two. The other markings are all the same and the nibs write the same. Both come with the same black ink cartridge. My Metropolitan's clip is kind of scratchy on the end, but I think that is sheer luck and not because the Metropolitan clips aren't smoothed out as well.
There are, of course, differences in the packaging - the boxes are different (M. is black with magnetic closure, C. is clear lidded case) and the M. comes with a CON-20 squeeze converter that you must purchase separately for the C. So the M. is a much better deal for the price, since they're basically the same pen.
But I love my Cocoon and I can't regret paying extra for a gorgeous deep berry-colored pen that writes fabulously and is comfortable to use. I wanted to get another Metropolitan, but didn't really like the gold or silver color options (and didn't want another black one), so the Cocoon meets my needs perfectly. I can only hope that Pilot see the popularity of the pen and brings more color options to the USA so that we don't have to import them and thus pay the higher price.
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December 9, 2013
Terrific pen, like every...
Terrific pen, like every other Pilot I own (coupla Preras, Penmanships, Metros, and a Custom 74). Is it *mostly* IDENTICAL to the Pilot Metropolitan? As another reviewer pointed out, YES. However, you'll find the Cocoon costs at least 2-3 TIMES what the Metropolitan does, no matter where you shop. What's up? For two pens that LOOK IDENTICAL, this might sound like a show-stopper. However, here's a couple of points that *might* matter to some folks. First off--and most important to ME--only the Cocoon is available with a FINE nib. UNLIKE the Metropolitan. The "Metro" is only fifteen bucks, a nice, solid, metal-not-plastic, Every-Day-Carry pen, an outstanding value for the money--but it's also ONLY available with a MEDIUM nib. At least, from the U.S. vendors I've seen. That might be different elsewhere (Japan, e.g.). Now, for fifteen dollars, a PILOT (M)edium nib in a metal pen is perfectly OK with me, but I prefer a (F)INE if it's available. That's where my Cocoon came in. Also--and this matters a lot to some folks--as far as I know, only the Cocoon is available in Burgundy and "Titanium." The Metro comes in a variety of colors, but not those.
Bottom line? If your preference is for a (M)edium nib, and you're not dying for these two particular colors, save your money and buy a Metropolitan. Or two. If you like the Metro's sturdy, no-nonsense design but gotta have a (F)ine nib, (or gotta have it in Titanium or Burgundy) buy a Cocoon. Pay the extra for a cartridge converter so you can use bottled ink. You won't regret it.
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April 24, 2013
Great color, great nib,...
Great color, great nib, positive ink flow, nice feel to the barrel, good overall weight. Writes like a dream, and for the price, I'm not sure that you can beat it. The color is...different. There aren't too many pens out there in this palette. It is a little more pink than bordeaux, but it is still a great looking pen. As the guy using this one, I'm sure that my co-workers will give me a hard time about using a pink pen, but that's ok. Life goes on.