Review: Pilot Metropolitan

Manufacturer: Pilot | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Amazon

MetroAs you may have noticed, last week I did an ink review of a Pilot Namiki Black cartridge. Now I didn’t reveal exactly which pen the cartridge came with explicitly, but my powers of concealment are so horrible it’s almost sad. Nevertheless, I’m happy to announce the pen replacing my old Lamy Safari as Kantaloupe’s Chief Ink Reviewer: The Pilot Metropolitan!

I found out about this pen right after I lost my Safari about three weeks ago. I went to the Fountain Pen Network to ask whether I should buy a new Lamy or get a TWSBI 580, which had gotten rave reviews last time I checked the internet fountain-pen-o-sphere. The internet replied promptly, recommending a pen I’d never heard of before, going for a mere $15. I was intrigued, so I got one. Here’s what I thought about it.
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Review: Pilot Namiki Black Ink

Manufacturer: Pilot | List Price: $13.99 | Buy from Amazon

Well, the replacement pen for the old Lamy Safari which I lost arrived, and with it came a cartridge of Pilot Namiki Black ink, so I thought I’d give my thoughts on it.

パイラツ黒色The notes section says: ‘A strong, robust black ink not unlike Parker Black Quink. Writes a rather wet line, but still does not feather much even on cheam paper. Altogether a solid choice for black ink, though it doesn’t have any special qualities in particular.’ The paper used is common-or-garden Staples 20lb copy paper, and the swab was done in three layers. The water test was three or four swabs this time, but as you can see, the text is still readable – even past the point where the paper was disintegrating! Also, it is worth noting that the ink smells a little chemical-ish, sort of like the stuff they put foetal pigs in for Biology class.

List Price: $13.99 | Buy from Amazon

I’m not going to officially state what my new pen is, but eagle-eyed readers will already have seen it by now, I didn’t do a very good job of hiding it! I shall do a full review on that once I get a better idea of how it writes.