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This pen is amazing....
February 5, 2013
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This pen is amazing. The packaging for it is simple and stylish, and definitely nicer than some more expensive beginner pens (the Lamy Safari, for example, comes in a cardboard box). The design of the pen is classy and timeless. The design band isn't overstated at all, but rather subtle and attractive.

The pen itself writes neatly, though the medium nib is a bit too broad for my liking. I'm left-handed, so I tend to smudge ink with broader nibs.

I won't even say that this pen is great "for the price," it's just great. Don't hesitate if you're on the fence, you can't go wrong with this thing.
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This is a great, affordable...
August 5, 2013
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This is a great, affordable fountain pen. I love it! It's really smooth and writes very well. I also like that it comes with a converter, has a nice weight and balance to it. The nib is stainless steel, I believe, and so it doesn't have the "give" that my more expensive fountain pens (e.g., Parker Sonnet, Pelikan piston-filler) have. But on the plus side, it has not skipped. I have been using J.Herbin ink with it, and it has written well on all kinds of paper, including regular copier paper (which I find is very challenging for some pens).
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Simply fantastic. I'd...
May 11, 2013
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Simply fantastic.

I'd read a few online reviews of this pen before buying, as I wasn't initially attracted to it's rather unexciting appearance. After all, without the in-person touch and feel, the appearance is all we really have to go on. However, it seemed there was nothing but overwhelming enthusiasm in these reviews, as if this pen were blessed with some sort of magical writing quality of the gods. So I gave it a go.

The value is exceptional; the box, the converter, the metal body, the nib, the design, all for ~$15. Granted the box may only be useful for a gift, the converter is maybe not great, the metal body most suitable for those who appreciate a little heft, the nib only offered in medium, and the aesthetic of the design is in the eye of the beholder. But when combined, the whole, for me, is much greater than the sum of these parts. To nitpick, I could probably do without the dotted insert, as it might as well play the minimalist theme all the way through.

Once filled with a little Diamine green, the writing experience was superb. The nib glides across whatever is put in front of it, fine papers or not, seemingly willing you on word after word after word. I particularly liked the weight of it, seemed to balance very well, and the simple tapering barrel fit well in all the right places.

The body to grip transition is perhaps a little abrupt, and as I hold somewhat high this step-down presses against my fingers, but it was not sufficient to cause an issue. Furthermore, I'd typically tend towards a finer nib but for some reason this pen/nib combination was quite pleasing - a little thick in places but the overall effect was nice. Perhaps I'm holding this pen in a slightly different way, I don't know.

Apologies if you find this simply another unashamedly enthusiastic review, but full marks to Pilot for this fantastic bit of kit.
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No better pen out there...
July 6, 2016
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No better pen out there for the money or even for lots more money. I have already written over a hundred pages of text with this pen and adore it.
I like the medium nib (which is like a fine nib anywhere else) as it lets me write faster, I feel.
I also like that is comes with a squeeze type ink reservoir so I didn't have to get one seperately as I like to use my own ink. Also comes with a single cartridge it you prefer that.
Truly a paradigm shifting pen for this price range.
Classy looking and a...
November 17, 2015
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Classy looking and affordable.
Weezy Faz
Truly, the Metropolitan...
September 2, 2015
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Truly, the Metropolitan is the new best starter pen. In my opinion, it provides a better starter option even than the Lamy Safari - and at a lower price point.
This was one of the first...
April 27, 2015
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This was one of the first fountain pens that I bought. You can't go wrong with this as a first pen. Prior to owning this pen - I was not convinced I would enjoy writing with a fountain pen. Consistent use of this pen afforded a low cost opportunity to learn what I was missing in a writing instrument. Now I can't imagine NOT having a fountain pen in my pocket. The Pilot Metro proves you don't need to spend a fortune to enjoy a fine writing experience.

I gave this pen 4 stars only because of my personal preference for a pen with a slightly thicker stroke. I recently graduated to a Parker IM Premium and I love it - but would have never discovered the joy of writing with a quality pen without using the Pilot first.
I highly recommend Pilot...
December 2, 2014
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I highly recommend Pilot Metropolitan fountain pens - whether you buy 10 or just one, whether you prefer fine point or medium. They are smooth right out of the box, trouble free, and will blow your socks off for the price. Give one to everyone you love that you think would enjoy a fountain pen!
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