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Simply the best pen for...
May 17, 2014
Simply the best pen for the money. I picked up a couple Metropolitans with fine nibs when they came out in Japan, and am happy to see they are finally available domestically. I like this nib much more than the medium which I find a little wide for everyday use (mostly note taking). The fine nibs on these pens are beautiful. Very smooth, medium wetness, perfect for my uses. The Metropolitan is absolutely the best value out there, don't hesitate to buy one for yourself.
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kadi.ashby
This is my first fountain...
December 1, 2014
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This is my first fountain pen and I'm definitely enjoying it. I appreciate that it came with a case. The big downside (and the only reason not to make it a four or five) is that the cap doesn't attach securely. I can't carry this pen in my shirt pocket since the simple process of grasping it by the cap and pulling it out of my pocket will bring the cap but leave the pen. The pen then slips to the side and the danger is that I'd get ink on my shirt. So that's the big problem with the Metropolitan - the cap doesn't attach securely so the slightest pressure will release the pen.
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robthornton
I really enjoy this fountain...
December 16, 2014
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I really enjoy this fountain pen. I use mine with Pelikan 4001 brilliant black, I haven't even touched the cartridge that came with it. Extremely smooth writing nib and such a good looking pen for only fifteen dollars. The cap is nice a secure and keeps this pen from drying out very well. Not only is it great for first timers to fountain pens but it looks so great that it is hard to pass up for such a low price.
It is also heavier than I though, or at least expected, and that is a good thing. Doesn't feel cheaply made, has a nice solid feel to it.
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Excellent fit & finish...
June 17, 2014
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Excellent fit & finish for such a price!

The fine nib is more like a Western extra-fine. It's sharp but smooth. I filled the pen with Noodler's Ellis Island blue black and it wrote well right out of the box. After some writing, I decided I wanted a wetter flow and adjustment was simple. The nib and feed are friction-fit, they pulled out easily, and I used .001 and .002 brass shims to open the space between the tines just a little. The nib and feed fit back in place in the section smoothly, and the ink flow was perfect for me after that minor adjustment.
All Metropolitan fountain pens have exactly the same black grip section that holds the nib and feed. The nib and feed are similar to the nib and feed of the Pilot 78G, but the Metropolitan's brass barrel and cap are much sturdier and durable. The cap goes on the barrel with a positive, firm-fitting, secure snap, and it doesn't rotate around like on my more expensive Lamy Studio. Also, if one desires, the Metropolitan's cap can be firmly posted on the barrel.

The Pilot Metropolitan, at the price, is an amazing, excellent value. Thanks to JetPens for offering this fine writing instrument!
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red251410
This Pen is pretty sick...
August 15, 2014
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This Pen is pretty sick yo
It writes a little more like a medium-fine but whatever
Its really smooth, perfect wetness
no hardstarts even when i leave it out for a while
nice weight
well balanced if not capped
durable as all get out
i highly reccomend it
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colinfig2000
One of my favorite pens...
September 21, 2014
One of my favorite pens (and I own many, many fountain pens). The metal body is substantial but nicely balanced. I can write continuously for 2-3 hours with this pen and have no hand fatigue. The ink flow is perfect - wet enough to flow quickly as you write, but not so wet that the ink requires more time than usual to dry. The nib is smooth - tines perfectly aligned, the tipping well polished. It's an unbelievably good value for the price point, and it puts other, much more expensive pens, to shame.
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ebenfatto
I love the pen...
August 2, 2015
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I love the pen
hosscpitt
My very first fountain...
July 6, 2015
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My very first fountain pen I bought! Been using this beauty for about 4 months now, and, I gotta say,I'm enjoying this very much. With that said, I've written with this pen mostly on cheap, economic school notebooks. I can't afford writing on more expensive paper, sadly. However, writing on cheap paper hasn't been a chore for me; the pen is really smooth! I'm not very fond of the plastic ring and the plastic around the nib, my fingers are obviously always touching it when writing, and it seems to leave behind a lot of fingerprint smudges because of the gloss (I think?) finish it has around that area. But for this price, I ain't complaining at the quality. I especially love that metallic finish to this pen -- it gives it a classy finish. Some people say that this pen is heavy, but I never really noticed the weight. Then again, it is my first FP!
I'd recommend it for other students who're looking for budget FPs that would perform moderately well with cheap paper.

Also, this took me a while to figure out, but twist the nib out of the pen the first time you try to take it out-- don't just try to pull it out. It made a horrible crack sound for me, but nothing broke. The nib won't come out the first time around if you simple pull, at least for my pen it didn't. It seemed to be stuck in there real tight, but after I twisting it out the first time, pulling out the nib became MUCH easier.

A side note for other students like me who're looking into pens for cheap notebook paper: This pen is really, really fine which keeps the bleed-through and feathering minimal. On most of my notebook and copy papers, it performed great! There are some ghosting here and there on the back, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I recommend looking at where those notebooks are made from; people online say "Made in Mexico" are usually the better ones, or any notebook that's made from sugar canes or what not. I've been using Staple notebooks made in Vietnam -- it's been decent. Funny though, my notebook that claims to be made in "New York" is really absorbent and causes my writing to become broader and feathery. Anyway, just look for smoother notebooks.
bcreepette
Superb value...
June 17, 2015
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Superb value
frankturn
I am enjoying using a...
June 16, 2015
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I am enjoying using a "real" ink flowing pen. I need to order additional ink cartridges and perhaps a medium nib pen. I have a collection of old
pens but one never has a sufficient number. I am so glad to discover your web site.
I have not had need to fully use the second pen ordered.
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