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May 30, 2013
I mainly purchased this...
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I mainly purchased this pen for my J. Herbin Gris Nuage (cloud gray) bottle of ink, others have claimed that a medium nib and this particular ink look fantastic and they weren't kidding. The pen itself is gorgeous, like the previous reviewer said, the pictures don't quite do it justice. It has a sleek modern design and the zigzag pattern adds an element of elegance for an overall lovely look. Even the packaging it came in is fantastic, much sturdier than my Lamy Safari paper box. Back to the pen, it's a little on the heavy side, which may be a problem for long extended writing sessions. The nib is smooth and consistent, I've had no problems with skipping or feathering. The converter it comes with holds a good deal of ink and is rather easy to use.

Overall, this is a brilliant fountain, especially for the price considering it also comes with it's own converter. I would highly recommend this fountain pen to both beginners and veterans alike.

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October 29, 2014
I got this pen back in...
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I got this pen back in February and have been using it non-stop since. I dropped it a dozen or more times including once without the cap. It actually broke today while I wasn't looking, snapping off at just above the threads in the barrel. This was my first fountain pen and I pretty much used it everyday, so no wonder it did. I think I might've been tightening it too much. I didn't care much for the squeeze converter so I just refilled my empty cartridges with an eye dropper. I liked this pen a lot and am ordering a replacement or two asap.

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miss mouse
September 14, 2014
I had heard great things...
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I had heard great things about the value of this pen before I bought it. It was my first fountain pen and supposedly great for beginners. I was, however, extremely disappointed with my purchase. First off, the pen did not write very well. It often had trouble getting the ink flow started. My other complaint is the cheap plastic grip. Never once did I drop this pen or handle it with anything but care, but somehow after a month of light use a small crack appeared in the side of the grip. This was unnoticeable and not a problem until I realized that it steadily leaked ink onto my hand. My advice, even for beginners like me, is to invest the extra ten dollars and get a less cheap pen.

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May 14, 2013
I decided to purchase...
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I decided to purchase the Pilot Metropolitan as my very first fountain pen. I ordered the black zig zag design along with a 50ml bottle of Lamy black ink, and I am astonished by how gorgeous this pen is in person. The product photos are nice, but they do not do justice to the true physical beauty of this pen. The Pilot Metropolitan is sleek, classy and extremely well-designed for an economy-class pen, and it writes more smoothly than any ball-point or dip pen instrument that I have ever used. I am extremely impressed by this pen, and it is perfect for anyone looking to purchase their first fountain pen!

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January 24, 2015
I can see why this pen...
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I can see why this pen is so popular. It really is a nicely made pen. It felt right in hands and the ink cartridge produces really crisp and saturated black ink. I am using this pen the most over the Lamy Safari and the Pilot Kakuno, so far. I plan to get a few other colors. This pen really surprise me considering I don't really like thin line pen, but the medium nib on this Pilot fountain pen is fantastic!!! This pen is all around greatly executed.

June 26, 2014
I bought this back in,...
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I bought this back in, gosh... November 2013? It is now June 2014. It was my first fountain pen. I've bought more pens since then, but this one has a special place in my heart! It was a bit of a dry writer when I first got it, but that's nothing a bit of tine flossing couldn't fix. Now it's a relatively wet writer and I love it! I also did some work on smoothing the nib, and I love it even more. I pair it with Noodler's Bulletproof Black for all my general writing needs, and there isn't much else to say aside from the fact that this pen is a pleasure to write with. Not to mention that I've dropped it on hard floors a few times... aside from some ink splattering, the pen survived because it's just so dang robust. Such a great value for what it is.

February 9, 2014
This fountain pen is...
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This fountain pen is definitely a must have for both beginners and enthusiasts alike!
I was not a beginner to fountain pens as I spent most of my childhood using them. I decided to reenter the world of fountain pens by purchasing a Metropolitan several months ago, along with a bottle of Lamy black ink. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. This pens writes great right out of the box and I honestly couldn't stop writing once I start. Since then, I've bought several pens (some Chinese ones, several Platinum Preppys and a Lamy Safari), but still this pen is my favorite. I love the solid feel of it in my hand (can't say the same about the flimsy feel of a Preppy), the smooth line it puts down on any paper and the sleek, attractive design. It's a shame that there is only medium nib (it's a little too thick for me) but I wouldn't trade it for the world. What's more, it already came with a converter attached so I don't have to spend extra for one.
If you are new to fountain pen and are debating between this pen and the Lamy Safari (like I was) or other inexpensive pen, I would wholeheartedly recommend this pen for you. Trust me, you will not regret it.

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March 16, 2014
Excellent pen, it was...
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Excellent pen, it was the first fountain pen I've bought and I'm very impressed with the quality. It has a very stable and controlled flow of ink which makes it very easy to write constantly with.

January 30, 2014
I really liked this pen,...
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I really liked this pen, it writes very smooth, smoother than my dad's more expensive Lamy. It worked great with the disposable ink cartridge that comes in the box.

The converter on the pen comes detached just about every time I take it out to use it at school. It makes a big mess and gets ink everywhere at a very inconvenient time. I assume Pilot wanted to make a nice pen for a low price but they had to save money on the converter and where the converter attaches to the pen. I don't recommend buying this pen, maybe mine was a fluke, but I wouldn't want to take the chance in getting a pen like this one. My pen is practically worthless and I am going to try to return it.

January 5, 2014
The Pilot Metropolitan...
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The Pilot Metropolitan is one of my first fountain pens. I thought I might have trouble using a fountain pen at first (although I've used dip pens frequently for drawing), but this worked nicely right out of the box with the Pilot black ink cartridge. The Pilot black ink, by the way, isn't really black; it's slightly dark dark gray on my Rhodia paper sometimes but I'm not going to complain about that. The pen has a very simplistic but elegant design, and the medium nib writes fine. There's only a very slight difference between that and my Petit fountain pen, which I bought at the same time. I write half print and half cursive and usually write very quickly for long periods, but the pen keeps up and it doesn't skip. The only con is that the weight is quite heavy if you write for long periods of time, but that's if you post the cap. Without the cap posted the weight is less and much more comfortable for me and the pen still writes fine. The converter works well too; I've used it with no problems at all.