on salePilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Bronze Lizard

Product Code PN91139

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on salePilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Bronze Lizard

Product Code PN91139

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$25.42

MSRP $31.77

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A fantastic value from Pilot, the Metropolitan is a favorite first fountain pen. This bronze metal bodied pen has a lizard print accent band, silver trim, and a steel nib. It comes with a black Pilot ink cartridge and a squeeze converter to use with bottled ink, or you can upgrade to a Con-40 converter if you prefer that style.

The fountain pen comes packaged in a gift box.

Japanese nibs are usually ground finer than their Western counterparts; you can take a look at our Nib Nook to see writing comparisons.

Click here to shop all compatible Pilot ink cartridges.

Condition
New
Brand
Pilot
Type
Fountain Pens
Color
Brown
Demonstrator

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

No
Body Material
Lacquered metal
Cap Type

How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).

Snap-cap
Compatible inks & refills

Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Bottled inks, Proprietary Pilot ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism

How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.

Cartridge, Converter
Grip Material
Resin
Nib Size
Fine, Medium
Nib Color
Silver
Nib Material
Steel
Postable

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.

Yes
Retractable

Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

No
Trim
Silver
Diameter - Body
13mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
13mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
15.8mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Grip (mm)

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

8.4mm
Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

126mm (5in)
Length - Cap
57mm (2.2in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

18mm (0.7in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
138mm (5.4in)
Length - Overall (Posted)

When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.

153mm (6in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

17g (0.6oz)
Weight - Cap
9g (0.3oz)
Weight - Overall (g)
26.0g
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.

1.10ml
Max Ink Capacity - Converter

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.

0.82ml

Customer Reviews

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Al B.
One of my favorite extra fine nib fountain pens!

Their extra fine nib is truly EXTRA fine and doesn't scratch up my papers. Perfectly weighted and the converter inside is decent, but overall very satisfied on this pen and definitely would consider Pilot for more fountain pens.

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James R.
Pilot Metropolitan

It is a wonderful pen with a smooth nib and nice balance. I have been using cartridge ink and I have been very impressed with how well the ink feeds.

C
Christopher A.K.
Punches above its price level

Pleasantly surprised with this one. I already have some more expensive pens, but figured I should see how this entry level pen compares. The fine is VERY thin but writes very smoothly and reliably. And the pen is very well constructed and feels solid in the hand. I just wish the cap closed a little more gradually (rather than just a little click), but this is an excellent value

M
Michael H.
Didn't get the appeal

I realize this is against the grain, but I really wasn't thrilled with the writing experience on either of my two Metro's. I got a fine in both cases (and that might be my first mistake, I didn't realize in Japan that fine is REALLY fine) and to me both of them feel scratchy. That, and I feel that the ink flow could be a bit better. If I'm writing quickly at all, it starts to skip quite a bit. I can see that it's a quality pen for the price and is solidly built, but ultimately it doesn't click for me. Maybe I'll try a medium and change my tune.

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brandon f.
Fountain pen beginner

Website had this pen suggested for a beginner pen. Watched a Goulet youtube video that was a review of the pen. Was a convincing video. Bought the pen that day and have been happy with it so far

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above. 

Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:

  • Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
  • Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
  • Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
  • Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
  • Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.

Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.

How do I clean a fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck. 

It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:

How often do I need to clean my fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors. 

Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.

My pen won’t write! What do I do? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.

We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.

If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed. 

If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help! 

What's your return policy? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

You can submit a return request within 30 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.

Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.