Pilot Metropolitan: The Mighty Fledgling Pen

I am the type of person that when I start trying to get into something I tend to go for the mid-tier items because I fear the low tier will not work great or won’t have everything I need/want and the high tier maybe too expensive or I may just not want to invest as much into it quite yet so I kind of live in that mid-tier.. This stopped me from checking out the Pilot Metropolitan for a long time but DANG was that a mistake. This pen is crazy fun and super cheap! Let’s get inked and check it out!

Pilot Metropolitan review

Like I’ve said in my Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao ink review, Pilot is a Japanese based company founded almost a hundred years ago (99 to be exact). They play a major role in the pen, ink, and stationary world and have always had their grasp on the market like no others. How often do you go to an office and someone isn’t using a Pilot G2 or Pilot Precise V5? Exactly.

Pilot Metropolitan review

The Pilot Metropolitan has a simple, minimalist, yet sexy design to it. The baseline Metropolitan comes in three different color options: Silver, Gold, and Black. They have some other fun themes for the Metropolitan like their Retro or Animal print line that adds some interesting colors and touches to the barrel and accents. This Metropolitan is the “Burnished Silver” model which has a brass barrel with stainless accents.

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The nib is a steel nib in an F size. Keep in mind though that Japanese nibs tend to come a step or two finer than other nibs manufacturer in Germany or elsewhere. So if you prefer a Medium nib, I would recommend getting a broad or double broad sized nib. I like my pens with a Fine nib and this nib is, no joke, a Fine nib… almost too fine at times.

This pen is also weighted really well and is just pleasurable in the hand. I remember taking it out of the box for the first time and just saying “Dang..” when I first touched the barrel. I love writing with this pen and for the price point? It really makes you look at the $20-$70 range pens in a new light. This pen is using about $13 dollars. It is a cartridge filling pen and does not come with a converter but if it was a piston filler I probably would hesitate every time before picking up a Twsbi Eco for sure.

Pilot Metropolitan review


  • Price
  • Elegant and minimal design
  • Nib writes beautifully right out of the box


  • Not a piston filler and does not come with a converter (purchased separately)
  • Would like to see more color options for the basic design.. I don’t like a lot of the pattern designs or animal prints they have on the others. How sexy would a solid orange or red metropolitan be?

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Price: ~$13

Barrel: Brass with stainless accents

Filling System: Cartridge/converter

Nibs and Style: Steel F and M.  Also comes available in Gel refill, Rollerball, and Ballpoint styles if you are not into Fountain pens

Color Options: Base models come in Black, Burnished Silver, and Champagne Gold.


Over all this is a great pen for the price and is hard to pass up. I would highly recommend adding a Metropolitan to your arsenal if you are new to fountain pens or even if you are well versed.

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