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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