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If you enjoy snail mail...
March 20, 2016
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If you enjoy snail mail and lengthy handwritten letters, then you have found your birthright. This is a silky smooth paper that takes fountain pen ink wondrously with no feathering (even using that wide italic nib, you fancy so and so). It's A4 and the line spacing of the guide is such that you can begin and finish a brief idea on even a single sheet of this wondrous paper. If I must make a complaint, then it is that the lines of the guide are not very dark so, with a paper of such virtuous voluptuousity, one must press use or write somewhere especially well lit. Or, you may simply trace over the lines with a thick, dark gel pen. Voila! No complaints left.

Yes, $9.00 is by no means cheap for a pad of 50 sheets of paper, but those to whom you send the letter will appreciate the extra touch. If you truly like writing handwritten letters, this will change the game for you. We live once!
Lovely finish and great...
September 27, 2015
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Lovely finish and great nib. It's one of Lamy's entry level pieces, but I like it more than other, more expensive pens I've seen and used. Seems the nibs are somewhat inconsistent with Lamy, but mine arrived writing smoothly and none too wet. I may have gotten the ace of the draw. Nevertheless, my experience merits each and every star. Considering ordering another since mine is pretty dinged up by consistent use.
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Want something only slightly...
September 27, 2015
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Want something only slightly lighter than color of dried blood? Diamine's got your card. I love this ink.
The cover is nice. The...
September 27, 2015
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The cover is nice. The paper is quite thin, so if you want to use a fountain pen, you'll need to use something like the Metropolitan Pilot EF. I also didn't like the fact that the heading block of space on the page takes up so much room. It's a journal, not a calendar, after all. It's not the best I've seen by far, but it'd be alright for a dream journal or something, I suppose.
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Let's be honest. Once...
September 27, 2015
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Let's be honest. Once you get a taste for fountain pens and all the possibility they offer, you likely won't want to write with anything else. And, after your first Pilot Preppy is dead and gone, you may hunger for something more substantial. Still on the the cheaper end of the spectrum, Pilot nonetheless offers a lovely solution in this, the Metropolitan.

You can use this pen even on standard, crappy Mead paper or that standard one dollar composition book that offers little but space to write--if you order the EF nib. I have a single gripe related to its pricing. It IS something of a throwaway pen. I am a sailor and have dropped the thing while rushing through the passageways doing my best not to shouldercheck any of my shipmates--the feed broke and the pen had to be replaced. I keep it at my desk now. If you want a tougher, but lighter and more maintainable beginner's pen, consider the Lamy Safari--about twice as many dollars, able to survive many, many more drops--or just don't be a clumsy SOB like me.
Perfect for someone who...
September 27, 2015
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Perfect for someone who just happens to drop his fountain pen on the asphalt, nib unprotected. I really like the no stain finish of this nib and think it would look swank on Safaris other than the one with which it usually comes (Charcoal body).
I did not enjoy using...
September 27, 2015
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I did not enjoy using this pen at all. I tried. The ink flow did not work well out of box and I am not an avid enough enthusiast to engage in nib maintenance even now. I have large hands and it was not comfortable to hold, either. Sailor makes some decent pens, but this isn't one of them. If you insist on a very fine point (Japanese standard) then consider the Pilot Metropolitan.
This is your workhorse....
September 27, 2015
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This is your workhorse. Strong and straightforward and none too delicate. If you have tiny handwriting or need to be able to take notes on regular notebook paper, then this is not your pen. Consider Pilot's Metropolitan in those cases--extra fine. German sizing runs larger than Japanese sizing. However, this pen is light, posted or not, and responds quite well for so stiff a nib (nicer nibs tend to cost significantly more than this).

If you've never bought a fountain pen before, but would like to start well and see where it goes, then choose this. It can accomodate a converter which will open up a world of color to you. I prefer Diamine inks, but have heard good reports from several others. I've never used the included cartridge. Consider adding a converter and a small bottle of Diamine Jet Black when you order this and you'll be ready to go.

I haven't seen many complaints about the weight of the pen. It certainly IS heavier than a day to day ballpoint, clicky piece of nonsense or a one time use fountain pen throw away, but if you are a writer or a student with some decent paper, this pen will not fail you. For economical paper options, I strongly recommend the Maruman Eco Spiral Note to begin. If you are serious about finding your way to a more elegant, thoughtful writing process or just a really cool, basic pen that will stand out to anyone attentive, then begin here.
I have absolutely no...
November 3, 2013
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I have absolutely no complaints aside from the fact that I lost my first and am having a serious compulsion to purchase a second. That is the rub with a great product. You win again, Lamy.
The CLIP!!! The clip...
November 3, 2013
The CLIP!!! The clip has loosened, after less than one month's use, to the extent that it falls out of my jacket pocket if I bend to tie my shoe. Disappointing. The clip for my safari has presented no such issue.

The ink flow, ergonomy, and balance of this pen is nice. I use Diamine oxblood with a bit of eclipse black to create a similar color to the barrel. Beautiful. Good fountain pens really are such a pleasure with which to write.
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