on salePilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Retro Pop Red

Product Code PN91432

In Stock

out of stock

on salePilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Retro Pop Red

Product Code PN91432

In Stock

out of stock

$25.42

MSRP $31.77

Nib Guide

Not sure which size nib is best for you?

Try our Nib Nook tool to view and compare nib widths using our writing samples. Learn more ›

ENHANCEMENT OPTIONS
Pilot Namiki Black - Ink Cartridges
Add Disposable Ink Cartridges + $4.66 Pilot Namiki Black - Ink Cartridges
Color:
$4.66
$4.66

Pilot Namiki Black - Ink Cartridges

Product Code PN69100

In Stock

out of stock

$4.66
Add this item

A fantastic value from Pilot, the Metropolitan is a favorite first fountain pen. Part of the Retro Pop collection, this vibrant red metal bodied pen has a glossy wave-patterned 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
Red
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, 1.0mm Stub
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

Based on 74 reviews
93%
(69)
5%
(4)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
J.K.

Great pen in a great colorway at a great price. Good for a first fountain pen.

K
Katherine
My Retro Pop Red makes me smile!

I thoroughly enjoy writing with my Pilot Metropolitan. Mine has a Fine nib, and converter. It feels good in my hand, I like the line weight and it's pretty! I rotate through 7 pens in my daily journal, and have never had a problem with this one starting.

A
Anonymous
Love my pen

I love using my pen, it's funny, it makes me feel so fancy.

K
Kevin
Cigar pen of the year!

1. The cigar type band is the reason I bought this pen and the main reason I like it. 2. I bought the medium nib and found many inks from my starter kids are wetter and bleed through. However, using these inks, many worked well, so it it just a matter of trial and error.3. the ink capacity is 5-7 days, or 5-6 A5 notebook pages (Lechtrum or Moleskin) regular notebooks. This was great for getting use to inks that I liked and enjoyed using. With that being said I might have wanted to get the more fine tip as it may add more options for inks than what I am experiencing. In addition, this might expand the time needed between inking up. My solution is to use my parker pen when I run out of ink and I am somewhere. If you will be out for some time then refilling may be more difficult; but all you need is a cup and a sink to empty it and a towel and ink to fill it up. To be honest it is easy to refill (5 minutes).

C
Cindy S.
Love Pilot Metropolitans

I already had a Fine nib Metro, and the stub was just as nice to write with. Very reliable pen, doesn't hard start or give me any problems.

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.