This is my first ink bottle, which I purchased along with my Pilot Metropolitan.
The ink is nice and dark. There is some feathering on notebook paper, though I
suspect it is as much due to the size of the nib as it is the ink. The blotter
tape is also a very thoughtful addition. However, mine ran out halfway through
This is a great pen if you're looking for a cheap but effective and fun writing
instrument. I have a blue/black and a violet preppy for annotating on the
margins (the ink stands out so I can easily identify my note). The design is
attractive, the nib is smooth, the ink flows well, there's not much that can go
wrong for a $3.30 pen. It is definitely a fountain pen you should try using at
least once, fountain pen enthusiast or not.
Cons: While it feels great to write, I don't quite like the feel of it in my
hand. It lacks the solid feel of a nice fountain pen and the nib feels a little
flimsy. Combined with reports of the plastic cracking, I usually try to be very
careful when writing as well as avoid snapping in the cap too often (to avoid
drying, I would put on the cap but not snap it on completely, only doing so when
I am done with writing and storing it in my bag). I am considering converting it
to an eyedropper, but I have a feeling that I will be very paranoid about the
ink leaking out or the body cracking.
This fountain pen is definitely a must have for both beginners and enthusiasts
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.