Pilot Metropolitan: Reliable, popular and extremely affordable

Whenever I see a thread online these days asking about the best entry-level pens, the Pilot Metropolitan invariably is one of the top three mentions (along with the Lamy Safari and the Twsbi brand.)  I don’t own this model myself, but based on other Pilot models I have used, it’s a safe bet that in this case, what you read online about the Metropolitan’s merits are true.

The $15 Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen


Expensive fountain pens are lovely, but I want to cry when I lose them. This $15 Metropolitan by Pilot does a nice job of bridging that gap.

The weight of its brass barrel gives the Metropolitan a feeling of gravitas. I am using the, impressively for a $15 pen, included converter to fill the pen with Noodler’s Heart of Darkness, and the pen flows smoothly. The fine stainless steel nib a pleasure. Overall construction is exactly what I expect from a Pilot pen, it is quite pretty. You may also fill it with a standard Pilot cartridge.

As a first fountain pen, or just one you won’t terribly mind losing, I highly recommend the Pilot Metropolitan.


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