Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen Review

Pilot Metropolitan
[Vader] The Force Is Strong With This One! [/Vader]

Pilot Metropolitan

Medium Nib – Stipula Musk Green


First, thank you to JetPens for providing this review sample pen and ink!

The first gel pen I ever truly liked was the Pilot Hi-Tec C. When I delved into fountain pens, it was only natural I gravitate towards Pilot pens once more. My first Pilot fountain pen was the lowly 78G in broad italic nib. It was and still is a great value fountain pen, but while you can still get them, they are sadly discontinued. Others, like the Varsity in its semi-disposable glory, and the Penmanship, with its somewhat plasticky look, just did not fill the void left by the 78G. That is until the Metropolitan came into being. Its initial offering came in three colors; black, silver and gold. All had conservative styling that made it seem like Pilot was just testing the waters to see if it was going to be a success. Since then, it is safe to say that it has been a great success. We have seen new colors and grip designs appear and now, just recently, a new nib size; Fine. You see, the Metropolitan
only came in medium nib. I realize that many people are going to love a fine nib, but I would love to see another italic nib come directly on the Metropolitan without having to do any nib swapping.

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen Vs. Darth Vader!

This brings me to the pen I am reviewing today. I must say, this pen does not disappoint. I know that is pretty much giving the review away but I am excited about it. The very smooth medium nib is a dream. I have pens costing three times as much as what the Metropolitan retails for and they did not come with such a smooth nib. Pilot had to cut costs somewhere and it seems they did it in the plastic section. Other than that, the rest of the pen is metal. It is surprisingly light-weight for a metal pen. The pen posts fine and is surprisingly balanced, but I don’t usually post my pens.

Pilot Metropolitan
The Pilot Metropolitan has a Light Saber er, umm, Squeeze Converter!
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen Medium Nib
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen Medium Nib

The pen dimensions are somewhat similar to the 78G with the Metropolitan being slightly larger. Capped it is 138.3 mm, uncapped it is 125.5 mm. The section diameter at its thinnest point is 8.5 mm. The barrel is 13 mm at the widest diameter. The section length just before the large step is 20 mm. I find the step noticeable but not bothersome. The clip is tight and springy. The snap cap grips the section nicely without being overly tight.

Pilot Metroploitan Writing Sample on Hobonich Techo Tomoe River Paper
Pilot Metropolitan Writing Sample on Hobonich Techo Tomoe River Paper
Pilot Metropolitan
Close Up Of The Writing Sample

Overall, the pen that Pilot has brought forth is an excellent value. Under $20 with a gift box, squeeze converter and ink cartridge? Sign me up!! I really do not know how Pilot did it. It will most likely be the best value in the fountain pen world for a while!


Thank you for reading!



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10 thoughts on “Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen Review

  1. A great review of a great value pen with both a cartridge & a converter included. As you say the step between the barrel & the grip looks big but it is hardly noticeable when writing.

    I hope Pilot expand the Metropolitan line with more colours and designs along with a wider selection of nibs including a cursive italic.

  2. contrary to what many people seem to think, the 78G has not actually been discontinued…it’s just no longer being imported into some countries.So depending on where you live…

  3. Thank you Ivan….it really is a very nice pen!…great review and I see it likes the hobo!…😀….

  4. Ah yes! The mp is an amazing pen at an amazing cost! I totally agree with you. One thing though, in your writing sample, the ssss scribble seemed to be caligraphic, yet mine is a flat simple circle line with no thick and thin line section. How did you do it?

    1. I was demonstrating the flexibility of the nib. It’s done by pressing harder on the downward stroke only. While the Metropolitan shows some flexibility, it is not something I would do on a regular basis as you probably risk damaging the pen.

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