Pilot Metropolitan

Pilot Metropolitan Violet Leopard
Pilot Metropolitan Violet Leopard

I think it’s pretty safe to say I like Pilot fountain pens. I even own another I haven’t written up yet. I bought the Pilot Metropolitan Violet Leopard (with a medium nib) on sale mostly on a whim (it was on sale and purple). It is available where fountain pens are sold – Goulet Pens, JetPens, Amazon.

lighter for scale
lighter for scale

 

I’m not a huge fan of leopard print, but it looks pretty much like a spot pattern ring more than a jungle pattern to me. It’s metal, very solidly built and probably strong enough to use to bust out a car window if you’re trapped in a slowly sinking vehicle in some body of water. I can’t guarantee this, but it feels sturdy enough.

Had to use two stacks of page flags because apparently my desk is not level and it kept rolling away.
Had to use two stacks of page flags because apparently my desk is not level and it kept rolling away.

I opted for a medium nib… well, because the fine nibs weren’t out yet when I bought it and I hadn’t yet tried the Pilot Penmanship. I kinda wish I’d gotten the fine nib now… but maybe I’ll just be forced to buy another in the future (oh noes!).

Pen in hand
Pen in hand

This is a really sturdy metal pen. Because of this, it feels a little heavy in my small hands. Not bad, but enough that I know using it for long periods of time will tire my hand.

Yes, this ink is scented! I am liking it more than I thought I would cause it is pretty subtle.
Yes, this ink is scented! I am liking it more than I thought I would cause it is pretty subtle.

 

The Good

  • comes in various styles and patterns
  • comes in fine and medium nibs
  • sturdy
  • very nicely made pen for price
  • writes nice
  • writes fast

The Bad

  • hard grip
  • proprietary cartridge
  • a little heavy
  • not a huge fan of the jungle pattern options
  • tends to roll without the cap when set down

Overall grade: B+

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