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The Pilot Metropolitan pen is a sleek, smooth-shaped pen great for everyday use. This pen features a stylish matte white finish with a classy yet undeniably wild tiger stripe pattern decorating the middle band. The brass cap and barrel give the pen a comfortable weight and balance. Combined with its smooth-writing stainless steel nib, this makes the Metropolitan a pen that is well-loved by fountain pen novices and expert users alike. The pen comes with a box, one black ink cartridge, and an aerometric (squeeze) converter.

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LOOKS: I have to admit,...
March 30, 2014
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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 white.

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 point.

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 one.
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This is such a smooth...
June 13, 2016
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This is such a smooth writer. It matches up perfectly with my white Metro pencil. Now I can carry them as a set.
This was my fourth purchase...
May 30, 2016
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This was my fourth purchase of a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen. The nib is smooth with consistent ink flow. Construction quality is excellent. The price is low. Thanks Pilot and JetPens.
Smooth nib, god god...
October 9, 2015
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Smooth nib, god god
This is a very elegant...
September 18, 2015
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This is a very elegant pen. The animal print doesn't look flashy; it's delicate and looks chic. The medium tip goes smoothly and leaves fine lines and it doesn't leak. Technically is a functional piece and aesthetically is perfect for carry on a lady bag or purse.