Since they come so highly recommended, we often get asked which is better. Arguably, this is a point of preference, which is why we're bringing you this pen battle today. We both have our favorites and will do our best to argue the merits of our favorite starter fountain pen. Let the pen battle begin!
One of my favorite parts of this pen, and the Lamy Safari, is the ergonomic grip section. The triangular shape gives me a little bit more control when I'm writing or drawing with it. I also love that you can easily swap Lamy nibs, so even if you buy an extra-fine, you can get a 1.1 stub and completely change your writing experience.
To sum it all up, I love this pen because:
- Easy to swap nibs
- Cool colors
- Ergonomic grip sections
- Aesthetically Pleasing
- Multiple color options
I think my favorite thing about the Metropolitan is that it's perfect both posted and unposted. The snap cap makes it easily accessible and you can write without it posted or you can post it for a well-balanced writing experience. The length of the body is comfortable and fits nicely in just about every hand. Posting the cap does not add too much weight to the back of the pen either and it stays light and delightful to write with.
What makes the Pilot Metropolitan my favorite:
- Metal body, durable
- Affordable, Under $20 and comes with a converter
- Clean lines, classic styling, fun color options
- Comfortable to write posted or unposted
Now it's your turn to weigh in? Do you agree with Madigan (the Lamy Al-Star) or Lydia (the Pilot Metropolitan)?
Leave a comment and let us know your favorite beginner fountain pen! We'd love to hear what you have to say.
Madigan & Lydia