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I really like these converters..., March 30, 2014
I really like these converters. I wish they held more ink, but less capacity is a fair trade for being able to see when you're going to run out, in my opinion. They're easy to fill, easy to install, and easy to clean. I like it a lot better than the converter included in my Pilot Metropolitan. The little agitator does seem to push ink down towards the feed, though I'm not entirely certain how necessary it is. They may be more expensive than the CON-20's, but I think it's a very worthwhile investment. I will definitely continue buying them if I get more Pilot pens.
LOOKS: 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 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.
I really love this ink!..., March 30, 2014
I really love this ink! It flows out of my Pilot Metropolitan very smoothly. Almost looks like blood when it first touches the paper. But when it dries, it dries to a deep, true red, with no hint of brown. A lovely red that is eye-catching but shares the page well with other colors--perfect for highlighting key terms for my notes. (And writing dates that stand out, and writing really cool looking sticky notes, and finally having a red ink that looks great for seasonal cards.)
I have tested the ink on several kind of paper. It will bleed through the thinnest cheap notebook I have, but nothing else. Normal copy paper should be fine, with just a bit of show-through.
One minor thing I was very pleased with was the bottle the ink came in. It is identical the the bottle shown, except the cap is not a marbled green, but a plain, pure black. The black cap looks much better, in my opinion.
I decided to start out..., March 26, 2014
I decided to start out with J. Herbin's inks due to their non-toxic ingredients and wash-ability. (As a beginning fountain pen user, if my pens leak I want to make sure I can get the staining out.) After trying out Eclat de Saphir, I'm staying for the wonderful quality ink!
This is a deep, saturated blue that flows really smoothly through my pens. There is some variation in color between the pens- the extra-fine makes the ink look a lot lighter than my italic nib. But both are a recognizably true blue.
The ink behaves very well even on cheap paper in the extra fine, but bled through my really ultra cheap Mead notebook. I haven't had any trouble on copy paper, so I think it's just that notebook is extraordinarily bad (even ballpoints bleed through it.) My Mead Graph paper notebook, however, shows no bleed-through and minimal show-through. Overall, I've been very satisfied with the ink's performance on paper.
The ink is also easy to clean from my pens and has left no staining. Although I manage to get it on my hands somewhere every time I refill without fail, the ink washes off with a bit of scrubbing and is completely gone in a few hours.
Jetpens shipped the ink to me well wrapped and in very good condition. I have been very happy with their service and Herbin's product, so I'm ordering some Perle Noire to act as my black ink. I'm a very happy customer!
I absolutely adore this..., March 26, 2014
I absolutely adore this pen. It has quickly become my standard writer.
The extra fine nib writes really smoothly, like a dream. Some people have mentioned it as being too fine--I suppose it depends on how tiny you write. I have small handwriting, and this pen allows me to compress it while still being perfectly legible and crisp. The line is smooth and consistent, with no variation. I've only experienced occasional scratchiness when I'm writing really fast. It's definitely not loud scratchiness, either. The nib is also easy to pop out and clean if necessary. Finally, ink lasts much longer in the Penmanship than it does in my Plumix, due to the extra fine nib. It makes it an ideal candidate for situations where you might have to work on cheap copy paper.
The body is light plastic. I love the clearness coupled with the Con-50 converter. You can really see how much ink you have left. The lightness is also a pro for me as I have small hands. The triangular grip is very comfortable, and I have had no trouble taking hours of lecture notes without any hand strain at all.
After trying out this pen and the Pilot Plumix, I have decided to get a Pilot Metropolitan to try out a medium nib. I would highly recommend this Penmanship to someone trying to decide if they want to get into fountain pens, though. It's half the cost of the Metropolitan, works great even on crappy paper, and you can always use it for nib swapping if you decide you want to continue in the hobby.
I am highly satisfied..., March 26, 2014
I am highly satisfied with my purchase. For under $8, this is a solid little pen that writes gorgeously. My print has gone from messy legible to pretty legible script! The slight hint of line variation really makes my handwriting look extra special.
The pen is very light due to the plastic body, and on the smallish side, which is perfect for my small hands. The Con-50 converter fits easily and snugly inside. I took my pen entirely apart for cleaning after it ran out of the initial Pilot cartridge I used. The pen comes apart and goes back together really easily, making cleaning and swapping nibs a snap. Everything is as tight and snug as when the pen first arrived, so no worries about leaking ink.
Oh, and buying this pen has caused me to buy a Metropolitan, which is now on order. So beware! It's like a gateway drug into the wonderful world of fountain pens and examining your handwriting for improvements.