I have to admit,...
March 30, 2014
I have to admit, I was nervous about the color. I'm not a person who likes
flashy accessories, nor do I normally go for animal print anything. But I like
white, which convinced me to buy this, tiger trim and all. I am pleased to
report that this is a gorgeous pen, actually quite understated in its
simplicity. The body is a pearly white that looks very nice with the silver
clip. The tiger stripes are a nice, quiet gray that provided a needed point of
interest for the pen. When posted, the black trim provides a nice contrast with
The Metro has a solid weight to it, and feels very comfortable in my small
hands. There is a bit of a ridge right where you grip the pen, but it's not
uncomfortable at all. The nib is extremely smooth. I don't know if it's just
the ink (Diamine Red Dragon), but this pen glides across paper like a jetliner.
Even the roughest cardstock I own is smooth. Absolutely amazing experience.
I was also worried about the converter, but am pleased to say it works perfectly
well with no leaks. I still prefer the Con-50 despite it's lower ink capacity,
because I have no idea how much ink I pulled up, nor when I will run out. But
if refilling often is no real issue, the default converter will serve you just
fine. And really, it's amazing they've included one at all at this price
I first bought the Pilot Penmanship (clear) and the Pilot Plumix (blue) before I
bought this pen. I was hesitant to pay $15 for an untested hobby. Happily, my
experience with the first two pens convinced me to try out the Metro as well (as
a student, I like multicolored notes, so I will use all three to highlight.)
The Penmanship feels really light in my hand after the Metro. It's triangular
grip is marginally more comfortable, but the Metro is better feeling overall.
The Metro's medium nib lays down a line nearly twice as thick as the
Penmanship's extra fine, and is overall a wetter writer. The Penmanship is
scratchier in sound. The medium nib of the Metro is better suited to colored
inks, in my opinion, as it shows their colors more truly. The extra fine looks
amazingly sharp in black.
The Plumix's body is much the same story. The italic nib it comes with writes
even wetter than the metro, and adds a nice flair to print writing. It also
looks excellent with colors, and tends to show more shading than the other two.
The nibs of these three pens are are interchangeable. I have small handwriting,
so I intend to put the Penmanship's extra-fine nib in my Metropolitan. Overall,
I'm happy that I have all three, but if I had to pick just one, I'd get the
Metropolitan. The medium nib shows off the ink the most consistently, and the
quality of the barrel is just night and day compared to the other two.
If you like white, you can't go wrong with the color. The pen underneath is
solid and writes like a chorus of angels. At this price, it's not the end of
the world if you lose it, but it's also amazing quality. I'd buy another in a
heartbeat, if only to put the other nibs in so all my pens are as classy as this
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