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Excellent fit & finish..., June 17, 2014
Excellent fit & finish for such a price!
The fine nib is more like a Western extra-fine. It's sharp but smooth. I filled the pen with Noodler's Ellis Island blue black and it wrote well right out of the box. After some writing, I decided I wanted a wetter flow and adjustment was simple. The nib and feed are friction-fit, they pulled out easily, and I used .001 and .002 brass shims to open the space between the tines just a little. The nib and feed fit back in place in the section smoothly, and the ink flow was perfect for me after that minor adjustment.
All Metropolitan fountain pens have exactly the same black grip section that holds the nib and feed. The nib and feed are similar to the nib and feed of the Pilot 78G, but the Metropolitan's brass barrel and cap are much sturdier and durable. The cap goes on the barrel with a positive, firm-fitting, secure snap, and it doesn't rotate around like on my more expensive Lamy Studio. Also, if one desires, the Metropolitan's cap can be firmly posted on the barrel.
The Pilot Metropolitan, at the price, is an amazing, excellent value. Thanks to JetPens for offering this fine writing instrument!
Excellent value, fit..., June 16, 2014
Excellent value, fit & finish for the money.
For some time, I‘ve thought the Pilot 78G was the best deal in an inexpensive fountain pen with a Japanese fine nib, but that has now changed with the Pilot Metropolitan. Although the nib is essentially the same as that on the slightly less-expensive 78G, the Metropolitan cap and barrel are nicer and heftier since they are made of brass.
The fine Japanese nib is more like a Western extra-fine nib.
The taupe and lizard version is very nice looking and, filled with Noodler’s black ink, the pen wrote well right out of the box. However, I also purchased the all-black version and I did make a slight adjustment to its nib. I opened up the tines a little to increase the flow since it was too dry for me (I used thin, .001 and .002 brass shims purchased at Ace Hardware). The nib and feed are friction fit—like the 78G nib and feed—and can easily be pulled out for adjustment or thorough cleaning.
Thanks again to JetPens for offering such a terrific product and for their continued excellent service.
The 1.1 mm nib adds an..., May 12, 2014
The 1.1 mm nib adds an extra dimension to my writing and is a terrific accessory for my Kaweco Sport fountain pen. Although the nib is un-plated steel and doesn't match the gold-plated trim of my black Sport pen, the 1.1 mm nib unit and section threaded onto the barrel correctly and the black plastic section matched the barrel..
I first tried the 1.1 mm nib with a Diamine blue-black cartridge and ink flow started in seconds, the nib was smooth, and the flow was wet. Perfect!
If you wanted to use this nib unit with another color Kaweco Sport, the nib and feed can be pulled out of the black, threaded section fairly easily. The feed and nib are a correct match in size and length for current-production Kaweco Sport fountain pens. A quick check may be accomplished by comparing the bottom of the feeds. If they match, there's a good chance this nib and feed will interchange with the one in your pen. The feeds have a type of registration edge to help align the feed and nib when changing them. Sometimes, a twisting, back and forth motion, while pulling out, helps when removing the nib and feed from a section. A little vegetable-based silicone lubricant on the top, back end of the nib can help when sliding in the nib and feed into the section. Just don't get any lubricant on the feed itself since it can inhibit ink flow.
Thanks to JetPens for providing such a terrific, handy replacement/accessory part.
Bright and vibrant, but..., April 19, 2014
Bright and vibrant, but more pink than a true red; smooth flowing and easy to flush and clean from a fountain pen's feed and ink reservoir; in Platinum's old, classic 30 cc bottle (recently discontinued in the 30cc size and, possibly, reformulated like Platinum's blue black).
The new CON-50 converter..., December 30, 2013
The new CON-50 converter design with the moveable 'weight' is superior to the original piston converter which had problems. With the old design, ink would often get stuck up at the wrong end of the converter and ink flow was affected. Now, with the help of the small, cylindrical weight, gravity will pull the ink down towards the feed nipple when a Pilot pen is moved into the writing position.
Montblanc and Montegrappa also modified their converters in this way several years ago. The weight makes up for a flow problem that often occurs with converters that inhibit the intended exchange between air and ink (L. Waterman realized this need). Many converters are not designed or made correctly and extra air leaks into a converter throwing off the special balance between ink going out and air coming in to replace the ink. If the ink doesn't move back and forth in the converter the way water moves back and forth in a carpenter's level, something is wrong! The new CON-50 helps make up for a converter deficit.
The redesigned CON-50 should fit most cartridge/converter Pilot/Namiki fountain pens, like the 'Capless/Vanishing Point' and Pilot Prera fountain pens.
Edelstein amber is a..., August 16, 2013
Edelstein amber is a beautiful color, and it flows smoothly, but it may be too light for some writers who use an extra-fine or fine nib. However, excellent shading can be realized when using a fountain pen fitted with a broad nib.
An excellent, handy converter..., July 17, 2013
An excellent, handy converter that will work in many "cartridge-only" type fountain pens. It works in early versions of the Kaweco Sport fountain pens and it's an alternative to the Kaweco aerometric, squeeze converter for these older pens. Please see my reviews of the Kaweco "squeeze" converter.
Besides using it to fill your pen with bottled ink, this mini-piston converter can be used to clean and flush many small, cartridge-only, fountain pens. Some pens may not have enough space in the barrel for this converter, but the converter will still fit properly on the feed nipple. I have found this converter to be very useful for flushing the nib and feed of several "cartridge-only" fountain pens.
Simply fill a glass with tap water, insert the converter into the feed nipple, as you would an ink cartridge, immerse the nib in the water and pump the piston several times until the water comes out clear. Shake out excess water from the nib and feed and let the nib unit dry before inserting a new cartridge. Cleaning your pen like this will insure that it will continue to work properly.
An excellent converter,..., July 17, 2013
An excellent converter, but please note: Early versions of the Kaweco Sport cannot use this converter.
I forgot to mention, in my other review, that JetPens sells a perfect mini-piston converter that will work in the earlier Kaweco Sport fountain pens (please see my other review for details).
If you have an older Kaweco sport, purchase the Monteverde mini-piston converter sold by JetPens. It fits properly in the older Kaweco Sport pens (including the "Chess" model), and it works like a charm.
Thanks to JetPens for their excellent service!
The Kaweco aerometric..., July 17, 2013
The Kaweco aerometric converter works well, with several squeezes, and being able to easily use bottled ink is a terrific alternative to cartridges.
One caveat: this converter will not fit in certain, early Kaweco Sport fountain pens. If your fountain pen has a nib with the Kaweco logo, and the nib size abbreviation is engraved as a cursive capital letter, the converter will not fit because the converter's metal sleeve will prevent it from seating properly. Some early versions have the nib size as a cursive capital letter on the side of the nib and the words "Germany since 1883" are engraved above the logo. Also, these nibs may not have a breather hole. It appears that the main identifying feature on these earlier pens seems to be that the nib size was always engraved as a cursive letter.
The converter is supposed to fit snugly inside the section and connect with the feed nipple. This is impossible in the earlier versions of the Kaweco Sport because the feed nipple is further down in the section and the aerometric converter cannot be pushed in deep enough to fit properly. An possible alternative converter, without a metal sleeve, for the earlier models, can be found as a mini-piston type converter, like the "Rosetta Mini Fountain Pen Converter" sold on eBay, but I cannot guarantee that converter will fit all versions of the Kaweco Sport.
The aerometric converter sold by JetPens will seat properly and work correctly with later, newer versions of the Kaweco Sport. At this time, I have identified these models as ones with a nib that has the round Kaweco logo and the words "Germany since 1883" engraved above the logo. The nib size abbreviation on newer Kaweco Sport fountain pens is engraved as a manuscript capital letter (like M for medium) and not a cursive letter. Another indicator of the correct pen is that the nib breather hole is somewhat larger on the newer pens. The main identifying feature on the newer model nibs seems to be that the nib size is engraved as a manuscript capital letter. Please note that the design of this pen could change without notice.
The Kaweco Sport is a wonderful, handy little fountain pen and this aerometric converter makes it even handier.
-Nicely made barrel &..., July 10, 2013
-Nicely made barrel & cap.
-Smooth, almost 'extra-fine' fine nib; excellent ink flow.
-Nib and feed are 'force-fit' and easily removable for thorough cleaning or for nib adjustment.
-Note that the nib & feed are identical to what are found on the Pilot Penmanship and Plumix series of fountain pen.
-Nib and feed are also identical to what are found on the Pilot 78G fountain pen (nib is gold-toned on the 78G).
-'Military-style' clip; pen sits low in the pocket.
-Cap snaps onto barrel securely.
-Cap posts well; with the cap posted, the pen is nicely balanced and a good size for the average hand.
-Works well with the CON-20 aerometric converter, newly re-designed CON-50 piston converter (with sliding weight).
-Works well with Pilot proprietary cartridges.
-Preras are overpriced, in my opinion, in the $50 to $60 range. In Japan, this pen is priced at around $30.
-Price aside, this is a nice, every day fountain pen that should provide excellent service with careful use.