Hi fountain pen friends! Margaret here; it’s good to be back on the Monday Matchup rotation! I was out of the office the last several months after my son was born in November, and he’s a lot of what inspired this matchup! The Pilot Metropolitan Stub nibs were introduced while I was out, and I’ve been wanting to try them ever since I found out about them. I paired a Pilot Metropolitan Black with a 1.0mm Stub nib and a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Gray with a Fine nib with Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-Same and was ready to get started.

In moments of trying to calm my son down, I often reach for those familiar tunes to help him fall asleep. “You Are My Sunshine” is one that comes to mind frequently, so I thought I’d include it in this matchup. As I was using a dark ink, but writing about sunshine, I thought it would be fun to highlight the ink, words and the different nibs to make the writing stand out. I started with the lettering, and decided to alternate which nibs I would use for each word. As you can see in the drawing, the ink looks very different depending on which nib I was using. I was surprised by how light the ink was when using the fine nib. Once I got the lettering done, I added the sunshine details at various locations. It still seemed like it needed a little something else, so I took an ink syringe and splattered the Kiri-Same ink all over the page, to offer another representation of the color. Plus, using an ink syringe to splatter ink is just fun. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it!

I was not disappointed by the stub nib on the Pilot Metropolitan. I already loved this pen, and the stub nib is so smooth, and easy to write with. I’ll be picking one up for myself; I just need to decide on which color pen I want to add to my cart! The fine nib offered such a thin line, but since I tend to enjoy a wetter nib, I preferred the stub over the fine nib. However, if you’re looking for a fine nib, this pen is an incredible value (only $15), and one that I think everyone should consider. I also loved this ink. I enjoyed how different it looked with each nib, and loved seeing how it could be layered. I could see it being used in a variety of situations from work to art.

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