Pilot Metropolitan

The new Pilot Metropolitan is awesome. I handle a lot of fountain pens, that’s no secret. And I can often see a pen and quickly judge what type of writer will enjoy the pen the most. Not all pens are for all people, though there are certainly some that are more universal than others. Often, it’s the less expensive pens that are most coveted, as beginners can start using them without a great investment. Veteran users can stock up on many of them to keep them different inks and in different locations (work, desk, car, bathroom, whatever!). The type of pens I’m talking about are ones like the Platinum Preppy and Lamy Safari, the ones that everyone seems to have. It’s rare that a pen will come along that I feel will become as widely popular as these pens, so I don’t say the following statement lightly: the Pilot Metropolitan is a pen that has the potential to be as popular as the Preppy and Safari. 


Pilot Metrpolitan Fountain Pen

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen



Now that’s a bold statement, I know, and it’s also going on the assumption that Pilot will expand beyond the medium nib and gold, silver, and black colors. But I bet that they will, because there will be a demand for it. Seriously, I know I’m a retailer and sell these pens so take what I say with that in mind. I’m also an enthusiast and the build quality, writing quality, and incredible value of this pen are something I just don’t see every day. This pen is only $15, and that comes with a converter…I honestly don’t know how they do it.

I was excited about these as soon as I saw them, and had to double- and triple-check with our distributor that the price was only $15 because I just couldn’t believe a pen this good could be so inexpensive. Whatever you’re doing Pilot, keep it up! Reviews of the pens are coming in now that they’ve been available in the US for a few weeks, and I’m not the only one swooning over these pens. The biggest drawback with the Metropolitan is that it’s only available with a medium nib right now. But it’s a Pilot medium, so it’s as fine as most Western fine nibs (like Lamy), or maybe even finer .

Photo of a Pilot Metropolitan. Showcasing it's nib sizes and color options.

I think this pen is really something, and I’m absolutely thrilled it’s here. I look forward to hearing what you think of it! Just leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T03:25:44+00:00 November 16th, 2012|Pen Reviews|143 Comments
  • Jake Gunter

    I ordered one yesterday β€” I can’t wait to try it out!

    • Awesome! Good thing, our first two shipments are gone!

  • Jake Gunter

    I ordered one yesterday β€” I can't wait to try it out!

  • Jon

    Those nibs look a lot like Prera/78G nibs, so I’m sure an intrepid user could pull and swap to their heart’s content. I’d love to have a wider assortment from the factory, though.

    • Yup, you can swap between the Prera, 78g, Plumix, Penmanship, and Metropolitan…maybe even the discontinued Knight as well. I wish they offered nibs alone!

  • Jon

    Those nibs look a lot like Prera/78G nibs, so I'm sure an intrepid user could pull and swap to their heart's content. I'd love to have a wider assortment from the factory, though.

  • Freddy

    When these first came out, I was really excited about them. Then I saw, unbelievably, that they only came with a medium nib, my least favorite size. Yes, I know that they write finer than a Western nib but a smooth writing Japanese fine nib is an ideal for me.

    I am still tempted (and they’ll make great Chanukah and Christmas gifts) but have you heard any hints coming from Pilot that they plan on coming out with a fine nib version?

    Thanks for another excellent review, by the way. I always look forward to them.

    • We’re VERY strongly encouraging them to offer fine nibs, but I don’t have any confirmation that this is actually in the works. That would be great though.

      • dear Brian,
        I am from india. we have pilot metropolitan pens with fine nibs available here. they cost 1200 in indian rupees($21).compared to USA , the customs are high here making it $5 pricier at least.

  • Freddy

    When these first came out, I was really excited about them. Then I saw, unbelievably, that they only came with a medium nib, my least favorite size. Yes, I know that they write finer than a Western nib but a smooth writing Japanese fine nib is an ideal for me.

    I am still tempted (and they'll make great Chanukah and Christmas gifts) but have you heard any hints coming from Pilot that they plan on coming out with a fine nib version?

    Thanks for another excellent review, by the way. I always look forward to them.

  • Stefan Vorkoetter

    Could this be Pilot’s answer to the 78G for the North American market?

    • It could be. The 78g is long-since discontinued though, and was never imported through Pilot USA since we’ve been carrying the brand the last few years.

      • David

        Since when was the 78G discontinued? I can still reliably buy them with F, M, and B (stub) nibs from Hong Kong at less than $8 USD ea. plus a couple of bucks for insured international mail – and no, they are not fakes.

        BTW, I’ve had a lot of trouble with the 78G’s and flow problems. Turns out it was the converter loves to hang on to the ink, almost any ink. If you have flow issues, chuck the converter right out the window and syringe fill the Pilot cartridge.

        Finally – the lovely colored ink cartridges for the Pilot parallel pens work perfectly in the 78G’s and will probably work in these pens too. The parallel pen ink box says not to use the ink in any other pen, but I’ve had zero issues with the 78G and parallel pen colored cartridges during long term use. Also the parallel pen cartridges have a nice metal ball in them instead of plastic, really gets the ink flowing.

        • I heard they were discontinued, and they are not on Pilot Japan’s website. I wasn’t able to get official word on it from my distribution chain just because the pen was never imported through the US distributor. I haven’t had any flow issues with the Metro at this point, but I know a lot of folks who prefer to refill cartridges with a lot of the Pilot pens, including VP’s, Falcons, Preras…they hold more ink and don’t hang up like the converters can do.

  • Stefan Vorkoetter

    Could this be Pilot's answer to the 78G for the North American market?

  • Pamela Mack

    How well do they start up after not being used for a week? Inexpensive pens whose nibs don’t dry out are what I need more of, and I don’t find the Plaisir attractive (though it works)

    • I find it to do really well. I keep mine stored in my laptop case nib-up, and it starts up every time. The cap seems to seal well.

  • How well do they start up after not being used for a week? Inexpensive pens whose nibs don't dry out are what I need more of, and I don't find the Plaisir attractive (though it works)

  • sniffy

    Ordered one for my wife who likes fountain pens (and grew up wiring with them), but thinks “they’re too expensive” for her…because she tends to lose pens. At this price it’s worth the gamble πŸ™‚

  • sniffy

    Ordered one for my wife who likes fountain pens (and grew up wiring with them), but thinks "they're too expensive" for her…because she tends to lose pens. At this price it's worth the gamble πŸ™‚

  • MrApollo

    Seems like a metal version of the Pilot 78G. 78G come with F, M, and B nibs, include the identical squeeze converter (at least where I buy them), and can interchange nibs with Prera, Penmanship (EF), and Plumix. 78G are very light at 13g.

    • These are twice as heavy as the 78G, totaling 26g. The nibs are the same, though.

  • Andrew Gray

    Brian, is it possible to get the plumix nib to fit this pen? Ok… nevermind I should have watched the whole video first.

    • Haha…you answered your own question πŸ™‚ Yes, it is.

  • MrApollo

    Seems like a metal version of the Pilot 78G. 78G come with F, M, and B nibs, include the identical squeeze converter (at least where I buy them), and can interchange nibs with Prera, Penmanship (EF), and Plumix. 78G are very light at 13g.

  • Brian, is it possible to get the plumix nib to fit this pen?

  • Soo Lee

    Thanks for the video, Brian. I’ve been thinking about buying one of these to use as a dedicated BSB pen. But you mention in the video that this is a metal pen (i.e., has a metal body) and the converter appears to have some metal components as well. Some reports suggest the relatively high alkaline levels of this ink don’t mix well with metal, so I’m hesitant to pull the trigger. Obviously, you can’t speak for Noodler’s, but do you have any experience or comments on this issue? Thanks again!

    • I’ve heard in the past that BSB will eat away at the typical Pilot feed on the Metro/Prera/78G/Plumix/Penmanship/etc…

      • NoonianAtall

        Be careful of spreading rumors. Yeah, some nib guy said that, and maybe it happened to him. But I’ve used Bay State Blue in my Pilot Penmanship, even leaving it in a hot backpack in my car to the point the ink leaked, but the feed and the rest of the pen are fine.

      • If BSB really destroyed all Pilot feeds, you wouldn’t be able to stop hearing about it. If you have any hesitation about it at all a $15 pen would be the one to ‘risk’ with BSB, but honestly, I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

    • This pen would be fine with any ink. The only reason I mentioned the metal parts was if anyone was considering eyedropper conversion, that you would not want to do. But if you’re using a converter, then only metal the ink would touch is the nib, as the whole inside of the converter is plastic and rubber. This would be well-suited for a BSB pen.

  • Soo Lee

    Thanks for the video, Brian. I've been thinking about buying one of these to use as a dedicated BSB pen. But you mention in the video that this is a metal pen (i.e., has a metal body) and the converter appears to have some metal components as well. Some reports suggest the relatively high alkaline levels of this ink don't mix well with metal, so I'm hesitant to pull the trigger. Obviously, you can't speak for Noodler's, but do you have any experience or comments on this issue? Thanks again!

  • I've heard in the past that BSB will eat away at the typical Pilot feed on the Metro/Prera/78G/Plumix/Penmanship/etc…

  • Love this pen (which I happened to win from you!!). I will probably have to get another one but fingers crossed Pilot brings out a fine nib – that would be perfect!!

    • Great! A fine nib would be awesome, but at this point I’ll take anything if they can just get restocked!

  • Love this pen (which I happened to win from you!!). I will probably have to get another one but fingers crossed Pilot brings out a fine nib – that would be perfect!!

  • XiaoMG

    I hope these pens don’t get undermined by all the “for the price” qualifiers. I was lucky I got a Japanese one before reading anything about it online. Had I waited to read opinions of it, I may have been reluctant to buy, simply because I’m not in the market for “beginner bargains”. I suppose it won’t make a huge difference, since the Safari doesn’t seem to be struggling despite the stigma of being a “beginner’s pen”. Hope they get fine nibs over there soon, and I hope they take off in popularity.

    • I’m not even worried about a stigma. It’s a great pen, and the fact it’s $15 makes it a no-brainer to try in my opinion, not a ‘beginner’ pen. It will be great for beginners and veteran pen users alike…heck, I have tons of pens and I’m smitten with it!

  • XiaoMG

    I hope these pens don't get undermined by all the "for the price" qualifiers. I was lucky I got a Japanese one before reading anything about it online. Had I waited to read opinions of it, I may have been reluctant to buy, simply because I'm not in the market for "beginner bargains". I suppose it won't make a huge difference, since the Safari doesn't seem to be struggling despite the stigma of being a "beginner's pen". Hope they get fine nibs over there soon, and I hope they take off in popularity.

  • anaximander

    Well, I was too slow. Hope y’all get some more of these in soon. I’ll place an order when you do.

    • We have a lot of outstanding orders….we’re backordered from the distributor at the moment! It seems these are catching on πŸ™‚

  • anaximander

    Well, I was too slow. Hope y'all get some more of these in soon. I'll place an order when you do.

  • Nicky

    Think you sold them a bit too well – all sold out! At $15, I’ll grab one when they’re back in stock.

    • We’re doing our best to get more, but we’re at Pilot’s mercy!

  • Nicky

    Think you sold them a bit too well – all sold out! At $15, I'll grab one when they're back in stock.

  • Ballpoints4Life

    I hope we get fun colors like they have in Japan. The pink ones in particular look really cute!

  • Ballpoints4Life

    I hope we get fun colors like they have in Japan. The pink ones in particular look really cute!

  • Breck

    Does the Metro look like the Pilot Knight to you? I don’t know much about the Knight; it doesn’t seem to be much available here in the States. Just from the images I’ve seen of it, mainly in the way it steps down from the barrel to the grip, it looks so similar to the Metro. How do you see it? I realize, of course, that the main difference, or at least the most significant, is that the Knight sells for about US$48 while the Metro is $15. Thanks in advance for any insights.

    • The Knight was discontinued about a year and a half ago. The nib was the same, but the Knight was MUCH heavier, and the step was much more drastic than it is on the metro. It’s a totally different pen.

  • Breck

    Does the Metro look like the Pilot Knight to you? I don't know much about the Knight; it doesn't seem to be much available here in the States. Just from the images I've seen of it, mainly in the way it steps down from the barrel to the grip, it looks so similar to the Metro. How do you see it? I realize, of course, that the main difference, or at least the most significant, is that the Knight sells for about US$48 while the Metro is $15. Thanks in advance for any insights.

  • NoonianAtall

    Be careful of spreading rumors. Yeah, some nib guy said that, and maybe it happened to him. But I've used Bay State Blue in my Pilot Penmanship, even leaving it in a hot backpack in my car to the point the ink leaked, but the feed and the rest of the pen are fine.

  • Awesome! Good thing, our first two shipments are gone!

  • Yup, you can swap between the Prera, 78g, Plumix, Penmanship, and Metropolitan…maybe even the discontinued Knight as well. I wish they offered nibs alone!

  • We're VERY strongly encouraging them to offer fine nibs, but I don't have any confirmation that this is actually in the works. That would be great though.

  • It could be. The 78g is long-since discontinued though, and was never imported through Pilot USA since we've been carrying the brand the last few years.

  • I find it to do really well. I keep mine stored in my laptop case nib-up, and it starts up every time. The cap seems to seal well.

  • This pen should be perfect for her, then!

  • These are twice as heavy as the 78G, totaling 26g. The nibs are the same, though.

  • Haha…you answered your own question πŸ™‚ Yes, it is.

  • This pen would be fine with any ink. The only reason I mentioned the metal parts was if anyone was considering eyedropper conversion, that you would not want to do. But if you're using a converter, then only metal the ink would touch is the nib, as the whole inside of the converter is plastic and rubber. This would be well-suited for a BSB pen.

  • If BSB really destroyed all Pilot feeds, you wouldn't be able to stop hearing about it. If you have any hesitation about it at all a $15 pen would be the one to 'risk' with BSB, but honestly, I don't think you have anything to worry about.

  • Great! A fine nib would be awesome, but at this point I'll take anything if they can just get restocked!

  • I'm not even worried about a stigma. It's a great pen, and the fact it's $15 makes it a no-brainer to try in my opinion, not a 'beginner' pen. It will be great for beginners and veteran pen users alike…heck, I have tons of pens and I'm smitten with it!

  • We have a lot of outstanding orders….we're backordered from the distributor at the moment! It seems these are catching on πŸ™‚

  • We're doing our best to get more, but we're at Pilot's mercy!

  • That would be cool!

  • The Knight was discontinued about a year and a half ago. The nib was the same, but the Knight was MUCH heavier, and the step was much more drastic than it is on the metro. It's a totally different pen.

  • D. in OR

    Hm, the section looks EXACTLY like the 78G section. I bet they are interchangeable. Means that the F & B nibs of the 78G and the EF from the Penmanship will fit. Also means that the sections of the 78G for the european market will fit the barrel/cap — will allow to use international cartridges !

    • That could be, I’m not sure. I have actually never used a 78G so I can’t say for sure. I have heard the 78G and Penmanship nibs will fit though, and I know the Plumix and Prera nibs will.

      • Andrew

        I have both the Metro and the 78g and the sections on both are exactly the same size/configuration. If you want to swap nibs, it’s as easy as unscrewing one barrel and replacing it with the other.

        • Jere Ownby

          Right!

  • Grendel

    Hm, the section looks EXACTLY like the 78G section. I bet they are interchangeable. Means that the F & B nibs of the 78G and the EF from the Penmanship will fit. Also means that the sections of the 78G for the european market will fit the barrel/cap — will allow to use international cartridges !

  • David

    Since when was the 78G discontinued? I can still reliably buy them with F, M, and B (stub) nibs from Hong Kong at less than $8 USD ea. plus a couple of bucks for insured international mail – and no, they are not fakes.

    BTW, I've had a lot of trouble with the 78G's and flow problems. Turns out it was the converter loves to hang on to the ink, almost any ink. If you have flow issues, chuck the converter right out the window and syringe fill the Pilot cartridge.

    Finally – the lovely colored ink cartridges for the Pilot parallel pens work perfectly in the 78G's and will probably work in these pens too. The parallel pen ink box says not to use the ink in any other pen, but I've had zero issues with the 78G and parallel pen colored cartridges during long term use. Also the parallel pen cartridges have a nice metal ball in them instead of plastic, really gets the ink flowing.

  • That could be, I'm not sure. I have actually never used a 78G so I can't say for sure. I have heard the 78G and Penmanship nibs will fit though, and I know the Plumix and Prera nibs will.

  • I heard they were discontinued, and they are not on Pilot Japan's website. I wasn't able to get official word on it from my distribution chain just because the pen was never imported through the US distributor. I haven't had any flow issues with the Metro at this point, but I know a lot of folks who prefer to refill cartridges with a lot of the Pilot pens, including VP's, Falcons, Preras…they hold more ink and don't hang up like the converters can do.

  • chromeheart

    Does the nib have any flex to it?

    In a similar vein– I tried one of the $12 Bulow X450 pens on amazon and am very impressed with the quality to price ratio. Despite the product description not saying so, the one nib size is a semi flex. Recommend giving it a looksie if you haven’t already. πŸ™‚

    • No, this nib is pretty stiff. It writes really well, though, I’ve actually been using it as much as anything else lately, especially when I want to go somewhere I think I could lose/damage my pen.

      I’ve never heard of Bulow but I’ll check them out. Looks like they’re a Chinese import

  • chromeheart

    Does the nib have any flex to it?

    In a similar vein– I tried one of the $12 Bulow X450 pens on amazon and am very impressed with the quality to price ratio. Despite the product description not saying so, the one nib size is a semi flex. Recommend giving it a looksie if you haven't already. πŸ™‚

  • No, this nib is pretty stiff. It writes really well, though, I've actually been using it as much as anything else lately, especially when I want to go somewhere I think I could lose/damage my pen.

    I've never heard of Bulow but I'll check them out. Looks like they're a Chinese import

  • David

    The pen is really nice, thou can’t choose an suitable ink, lately i was thinking about Diamines, are they do well with Pilot pens?

    • Diamine inks would do well, sure. I haven’t really found a ‘bad’ ink in this pen yet.

  • David

    The pen is really nice, thou can't choose an suitable ink, lately i was thinking about Diamines, are they do well with Pilot pens?

  • Diamine inks would do well, sure. I haven't really found a 'bad' ink in this pen yet.

  • dear Brian,
    I am from india. we have pilot metropolitan pens with fine nibs available here. they cost 1200 in indian rupees($21).compared to USA , the customs are high here making it $5 pricier at least.

  • Aditya

    Is there any chance Pilot might bring out a broad stub nib for the metropolitan, like the one in the 78G? i wanna buy a new Pilot, and can’t decide whether to go for the stub nib of 78G, which, I’ve read in many places, is quite dry, or the Metropolitan, which only has Medium (which is kind of dull).

    Also, talking of recent releases, I came across a Sailor Profit Junior (clear demonstrator). I am a student, so I never dared to dream of a Sailor pen just yet, but this one is priced almost equivalently to the Metropolitan here, in India (approx. Rs. 1200). which one would you say would be better nib-wise?

    • I doubt it, it seems like the Metropolitan is only going to have a medium nib for the foreseeable future. The Plumix has a stub though, and it’s only a $9 pen and the nib swaps with the Metropolitan (and Prera, for that matter). I’ve never heard of or used the Sailor Profit Junior, so I can’t speak to its quality, but I can say I’m a big fan of the Metropolitan, the Sailor would have to be pretty incredible to beat it.

      • Jere Ownby

        Aditya, read my posting just above. My 78G is WET as can be and it just screwed onto the body of my Metropolitan as easy as pie. Now I have a Metro with a Calligraphy nib and I am very happy pen addict right now.

  • Aditya

    Is there any chance Pilot might bring out a broad stub nib for the metropolitan, like the one in the 78G? i wanna buy a new Pilot, and can't decide whether to go for the stub nib of 78G, which, I've read in many places, is quite dry, or the Metropolitan, which only has Medium (which is kind of dull).

    Also, talking of recent releases, I came across a Sailor Profit Junior (clear demonstrator). I am a student, so I never dared to dream of a Sailor pen just yet, but this one is priced almost equivalently to the Metropolitan here, in India (approx. Rs. 1200). which one would you say would be better nib-wise?

  • I doubt it, it seems like the Metropolitan is only going to have a medium nib for the foreseeable future. The Plumix has a stub though, and it's only a $9 pen and the nib swaps with the Metropolitan (and Prera, for that matter). I've never heard of or used the Sailor Profit Junior, so I can't speak to its quality, but I can say I'm a big fan of the Metropolitan, the Sailor would have to be pretty incredible to beat it.

  • osman nuri altΔ±nışık

    I want to get one of this and I want to use it with edelstein or mont blanc but I have doubts. Because I read it somewhere and it says western inks and eastern pens doesn’t fit well. Is is a fact for this pen and these inks? Thanks already:)

    • W.

      Where did you read that? I’ve never heard anything even remotely like it, nor have I been able to find anyone who has. The closest thing is “eastern nibs tend to be finer” but it would be a stretch apply that to pen/ink combinations. You’ll always have some inks that work better/worse in some pens, but it really isn’t a east/west thing.

      I’m certain I can find you plenty of examples of “mixed” eastern/western ink/pens with no problems whatsoever.

    • Yeah, that’s insane. Of course these pens and inks will work with each other. Sometimes, for liability reasons or whatever, pen companies will say that only their ink should be used in their pens in order to keep the warranty. But that’s just so they can either sell more of their ink (probably not that big of a deal to them) or keep people from putting motor oil in their pen and complaining it won’t write! But yeah, if you’re using ink intended for fountain pen use, it doesn’t matter who made what, you can use it.

  • osman nuri altΔ±nışık

    I want to get one of this and I want to use it with edelstein or mont blanc but I have doubts. Because I read it somewhere and it says western inks and eastern pens doesn't fit well. Is is a fact for this pen and these inks? Thanks already:)

  • W.

    Where did you read that? I've never heard anything even remotely like it, nor have I been able to find anyone who has. The closest thing is "eastern nibs tend to be finer" but it would be a stretch apply that to pen/ink combinations. You'll always have some inks that work better/worse in some pens, but it really isn't a east/west thing.

    I'm certain I can find you plenty of examples of "mixed" eastern/western ink/pens with no problems whatsoever.

  • Falpi

    I’m having a little trouble pulling out the converter from my pen, do you have to pull it out a certain way? In the video I’m pretty sure you easily slid out the converter. Thanks in advance <:

    • Falpi

      Nevermind, finally got it out. x3

  • Falpi

    I'm having a little trouble pulling out the converter from my pen, do you have to pull it out a certain way? In the video I'm pretty sure you easily slid out the converter. Thanks in advance <:

  • Falpi

    Nevermind, finally got it out. x3

  • Yeah, that's insane. Of course these pens and inks will work with each other. Sometimes, for liability reasons or whatever, pen companies will say that only their ink should be used in their pens in order to keep the warranty. But that's just so they can either sell more of their ink (probably not that big of a deal to them) or keep people from putting motor oil in their pen and complaining it won't write! But yeah, if you're using ink intended for fountain pen use, it doesn't matter who made what, you can use it.

  • good πŸ™‚

  • Jack Wingard

    For nib swappers:

    I found that the newer Metropolitan nib/feeds are now very tight in the body. That’s in comparison to that of the Penmanship (EF nib) and Plumix (stub italic, or technically a “Music” nib), which pull out easy as shown in the video. I put a paper napkin around the nib/feed and grip it with my thumb and index finger, hold super tight, and pull straight out with minimal wiggling. Once you pull out the Metropolitan nib/feed the first time it won’t be as tough the next times. I pull everything apart and rinse in tap water when I change ink colors.

    Be sure to look in there before and after you pull the first time, to see what orientation the feed should be in the body – since it’s friction fit you could put it back at any angle (though I don’t know if it actually matters).

    Again I don’t know if it matters, but I kept the nibs/feeds together when I swapped out the stock Medium nib for my EF and Music nibs. The Penmanship comes with a very dark translucent purple feed, and the Plumix/Metropolitan come with a dark solid gray feed. Feed shape and construction appears to be identical.

    EDIT: Oh, and reportedly the discontinued Pilot 78G has the same nib/feed construction, so if you can find ’em (on eBay or JStationery*com) you’ve got a plethora of gold-toned nib options.

    • Jere Ownby

      YES IT DOES! I just read that and switched the nibs/section combinations on my 78G with my Metropolitan. Just a matter of screwing it off one body and onto another. Now I have a Calligraphy Metropolitan. Hey, THANKS, Jack.!

    • Ming Lee

      Thank you very much Jack. This is the answer I’m searching for at the moment. I obtained 2 Metropolitan, and super hyped with them, but my favorite one is the fine nib White Tiger, the other one being medium nib Silver Zigzag. I’m looking for indication that I could use the EF nib from Penmanship for my cursive writing. You just saved me tons of time.

  • Jack Wingard

    For nib swappers:

    I found that the newer Metropolitan nib/feeds are now very tight in the body. That's in comparison to that of the Penmanship (EF nib) and Plumix (stub italic, or technically a "Music" nib), which pull out easy as shown in the video. I put a paper napkin around the nib/feed and grip it with my thumb and index finger, hold super tight, and pull straight out with minimal wiggling. Once you pull out the Metropolitan nib/feed the first time it won't be as tough the next times. I pull everything apart and rinse in tap water when I change ink colors.

    Be sure to look in there before and after you pull the first time, to see what orientation the feed should be in the body – since it's friction fit you could put it back at any angle (though I don't know if it actually matters).

    Again I don't know if it matters, but I kept the nibs/feeds together when I swapped out the stock Medium nib for my EF and Music nibs. The Penmanship comes with a very dark translucent purple feed, and the Plumix/Metropolitan come with a dark solid gray feed. Feed shape and construction appears to be identical.

  • Newby

    What if after filling the pouch thing with ink, it doesnt write? What should I do?

  • Newby

    What if after filling the pouch thing with ink, it doesnt write? What should I do?

  • shortthoughts

    I’m new to fountain pens. After some research and your helpful videos, I chose a Pilot Metropolitan. I am loving it. I’m just using a cartridge in it right now. I hadn’t used it for a week or more and got it out to do some writing. After a while I noticed some ink on my hands. Apparently it had leaked some and it was on the grip. What should I do to fix this?

    • JOC1

      This happens to me a lot, I’m starting to notice — both M and F Metros leak ink into the caps, so when I open them a little ink splatters on my desk or papers. So far no disasters — I guess I open them aiming away from clothes — but I’m concerned, and wondeering there’s anything I can do.

      • shortthoughts

        I carry the Metro in my bag everyday. The bag sits upright so it is always in that position. I carry some Lamy’s and a platinum in a pocket where they lay horizontally or parallel to the floor. I haven’t had any issues with them. I started keeping the Metro in a pen pocket in the bag the nib pointing up. It hasn’t leaked since then. Sometimes, if it’s been a while since I’ve used it, I get it out and lay it on the desk for a little bit before starting to write. Hope this helps.

  • shortthoughts

    I'm new to fountain pens. After some research and your helpful videos, I chose a Pilot Metropolitan. I am loving it. I'm just using a cartridge in it right now. I hadn't used it for a week or more and got it out to do some writing. After a while I noticed some ink on my hands. Apparently it had leaked some and it was on the grip. What should I do to fix this?

  • Andrew

    I have both the Metro and the 78g and the sections on both are exactly the same size/configuration. If you want to swap nibs, it's as easy as unscrewing one barrel and replacing it with the other.

  • JOC1

    This happens to me a lot, I'm starting to notice — both M and F Metros leak ink into the caps, so when I open them a little ink splatters on my desk or papers. So far no disasters — I guess I open them aiming away from clothes — but I'm concerned, and wondeering there's anything I can do.

  • Shakes

    Hi, I’m new here so this might be a dumb question but here goes. How do you clean this pen? Do you have to get another converter so you can clean it out and change colors or do you use the squeeze one that’s included? Thanks!

  • Shakes

    Hi, I'm new here so this might be a dumb question but here goes. How do you clean this pen? Do you have to get another converter so you can clean it out and change colors or do you use the squeeze one that's included? Thanks!

  • Stephen Nichols

    Hi which color would look more expensive the gold silver or black?

  • Stephen Nichols

    Hi

  • Ben C

    Question, every time I completely cap and uncap my metro, when I remove the cap there is ink splatter on the top of the nib. If I don’t completely cap it there is no problem. I’m currently using the bladder converter supplied with the pen.

    I don’t have this problem with any other pens any ideas on how to fix this? I love this pen but it’s getting annoying, having to clean ink off every time I uncap it.

    • Benjamin Brightside

      I’m having the same problem, and I came here looking for a solution. It’s pretty bad given I’m using a Baystate Ink!

      • Betsy Ercolini

        I have this problem too… any word on why? I’m just using the black cartridge that came with the pen.

        • Betsy Ercolini

          I just found this info on Reddit from Isturma – worked for me! :

          Give the nib section a little twist – it’s held in by friction, but there’s a “proper” alignment for the feed. It’s hard to describe, but as someone who dissects their metros to clean them, I can tell you from experience that you can feel it “lock” into place. You’ll be twisting to reassemble and it just feels right.

          You’ll know when it happens. If not, take a small light and shine it on the flange that sticks into the cart/converter. There’s two lines that draw ink up into two matching lines on the feed.

          • dunw00dy24

            YES, this worked for me!!! It clicked right into place and stopped doing it. Thank you!!!

  • Ben C

    Question, every time I completely cap and uncap my metro, when I remove the cap there is ink splatter on the top of the nib. If I don't completely cap it there is no problem. I'm currently using the bladder converter supplied with the pen.

    I don't have this problem with any other pens any ideas on how to fix this? I love this pen but it's getting annoying, having to clean ink off every time I uncap it.

  • Guest_with_pen

    Are Pilot nibs interchangeable between different pens?

    • David Thompson

      The nibs in the Metropolitan, Prera, Penmanship, and Plumix and all interchangeable.

  • Guest_with_pen

    Are Pilot nibs interchangeable between different pens?

  • Gday all, Ive got a pair of metros that I use daily at work. They both have little problems… the silver one in medium has lost a patch of the anodising off it showing the brass underneath. It flaked off in a big patch… the black one with a fine nib is a chronic leaker. Its kept in the same pen roll with 9 other pens of varying prices and qualities, and it is the only leaker. Any ideas about the best way to address the leaker?

    • VJM

      I have 2 Pilot metros and both leak. They are under a year old, and only regularly used. I use ink cartridges and have come out of meetings with ink all over my hands. …Wondering if this is due to the price point of the pen/construction, this particular model or something else. I have a much higher end fountain pen and it does not leak and am wondering if it can be fixed or should ditch them and opt for another model. Worth noting I bought these 2 metros after watching one of Brian G’s videos on intro to pens and this model was a recommendation. Thoughts anyone??

      • andria

        Metropolitans were the first fountain pens I bought myself when I got into them (about two years ago?), and I have no complaints, really. I have two medium points that I use at work and I’ve never had one leak on me, and they’re both used pretty much daily.

  • James Byrnes

    Gday all, Ive got a pair of metros that I use daily at work. They both have little problems… the silver one in medium has lost a patch of the anodising off it showing the brass underneath. It flaked off in a big patch… the black one with a fine nib is a chronic leaker. Its kept in the same pen roll with 9 other pens of varying prices and qualities, and it is the only leaker. Any ideas about the best way to address the leaker?

  • shortthoughts

    I carry the Metro in my bag everyday. The bag sits upright so it is always in that position. I carry some Lamy's and a platinum in a pocket where they lay horizontally or parallel to the floor. I haven't had any issues with them. I started keeping the Metro in a pen pocket in the bag the nib pointing up. It hasn't leaked since then. Sometimes, if it's been a while since I've used it, I get it out and lay it on the desk for a little bit before starting to write. Hope this helps.

  • Jere Ownby

    YES IT DOES! I just read that and switched the nibs/section combinations on my 78G with my Metropolitan. Just a matter of screwing it off one body and onto another. Now I have a Calligraphy Metropolitan. Hey, THANKS, Jack.!

  • Jere Ownby

    Aditya, read my posting just above. My 78G is WET as can be and it just screwed onto the body of my Metropolitan as easy as pie. Now I have a Metro with a Calligraphy nib and I am very happy pen addict right now.

  • Jere Ownby

    Right!

  • David Thompson

    The nibs in the Metropolitan, Prera, Penmanship, and Plumix and all interchangeable.

  • Benjamin Brightside

    I'm having the same problem, and I came here looking for a solution. It's pretty bad given I'm using a Baystate Ink!

  • Kate

    is there any way to get a stub nib to work on this pen? I love mine, but want a more calligraphy-friendly option that is still affordable and pretty πŸ™‚

    • Cyriael

      Yes! Buy a Pilot Plumix and swap the nibs πŸ™‚ The Plumix is fairly inexpensive ($9?) and you can put your old Metro nib on it, so it’s still a great writer. I have two Metros, one that I keep with a Plumix nib. πŸ™‚

  • Berndt Norten

    Hello. Forgive me if this has been covered in a previous post; I’m a newbie. I have the Pilot Metropolitan (and a Lamy 2000, Namiki Falcon, etc etc). I LOVE the Metropolitan’s nib. In fact I like it better than just about every other nib I have. I wonder if this nib, or something very much like it, is found on Pilot pens higher up on the food chain. I’m looking for basically the same nib that I love on my Metropolitan but I’d like it on a slightly fatter Pilot pen. My only gripe with the Metropolitan is the narrow tip.

  • Makayla Rickard

    I just recently bought my first fountain pen and I’m trying to do a thorough as I can get get cleaning with water and I’m also trying to fix the leaking issue I have with my pen. The only problem is that I can’t get the feed and nib free of the grip. Can someone suggest a way for me to take it part without me possibly bending the nib/stabbing myself in the hand with said nib?