Wow, just wow! That was my first impression upon opening my Pilot Metropolitan box. Inside the box, you will find a see-through metal case, which contains the Metropolitan, a Pilot Namiki ink cartridge, and converter. All of that for for under $15! This elegant packaging makes the Metropolitan feel like a more expensive purchase while also making it great to give as a gift to a pen enthusiast. I immediately popped in the Namiki ink cartridge, and after a few minutes it was ready to go.
I was immediately surprised by the weight of this pen and the smoothness of the nib. The pen is made of brass, which for a pen in the $10-$15 price range is quite rare. After three weeks of daily use, I've really grown to love the Pilot Metropolitan. I can finally understand why so many people enjoy using this pen. I have used many more expensive fountain pens; however, the Pilot Metropolitan has some of them beat when it comes to reliability. The Metropolitan flows effortlessly and produces cleaner lines than most of the more expensive fountain pens, so save your money if you are looking for an excellent pen for daily use.
Is the Pilot Metropolitan a great starter fountain pen? Absolutely! Is the the Metropolitan a viable option for the expert user? Absolutely! To me, the downside of this pen is the limited color options: black, silver, and gold. Pilot should add additional colors and patterns to make this line a bit more exciting. If you're looking for a more contemporary design providing multiple color options, I'd recommend the Lamy Safari; however, the Pilot Metropolitan is less expensive. I would recommend the Metropolitan for both the novice user and expert.