on salePilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Black Crocodile

Product Code PN91142

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Product Code PN91142

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MSRP $31.77

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A fantastic value from Pilot, the Metropolitan is a favorite first fountain pen. This black metal bodied pen has a crocodile print black 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.


Fountain Pens

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

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).

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
Nib Size
Fine, Medium
Nib Color
Nib Material

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


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

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.

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)
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge

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

Max Ink Capacity - Converter

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


Customer Reviews

Based on 91 reviews
Mike D.
Keep it Simple

I have read many reviews on a wide variety of manufacturers of fountain pens. Including the one I purchased a month or two ago, a pilot Metropolitan. I haven't used a fountain pen since 6th grade when you were awarded to be able to use the Schaeffer cartridge pen. Back in 1969. I looked at many video's published by Goulet pens on starter pens. I picked the pilot Metropolitan. Took me a couple of weeks to get used to using a fountain pen as I was using fine Pilor fine point gel pens. OK, here goes, if you are in the same boat as me pick the Pilot Metropolitan and pick the "fine" point. Please watch out for the cork sniffers. My Pilots writes better now than when I first started to use it. Break it in, get some samples of ink, and practice writing all you can. I had a strong inclination to upgrade to a more expensive pen, don't! Practice first, get your style down, break in your pen, ( it will break in to your style, you will NOT be disappointed. If you have questions, ask the staff at Goulet Pens. They are there to help you. Study all of the inks and study the stationary and the variants of paper. Absolutely educate yourself. You can not go wrong with the support staff at Goulet, trust me. I may just order another Metropolitan with a different nib, or order the dip nib with a wooden handle to test my ink samples. This fountain pen endeavor can be so enjoyable so stay away from the negative reviews and make your OWN evaluations about the different offerings out there in fountain pens. I like the squeeze converter that came with the metropolitan and I like the Con 40 converter I bought. Enjoy and write on!!!

Oh wow

For years, my handwriting has been the proverbial chicken-scratch. But the second I start working with this?! Not having to put pressure in order to keep a roller-ball working, and the pen forcing me to slow down a bit, I can actually create readable script! I know practice makes perfect, but I definitely think this was a good decision for me. As for the pen, I'd say it's worth every penny and more, considering its advertised as an intro pen. Its very smooth in the hand, with a comfortable weight. The beauty band is nice but understated so it doesn't detract from the overall aesthetic. The fine tip is very fine! I'd say its close to a .5 in roller-ball. Its the first fountain pen I've ever used, so I don't have a comparison, but scratch-wise I'd say its just a touch smoother than a roller-ball. If you're wondering if its worth it to see if you like fountain pens, I'd say yes.

Excellent pen, classic and classy

Great pen for everyday use.

Ian G.
Another trusty Metropolitan

Everything good that you've heard is true, this pen rules. The customer service is also unmatched, so you can't lose.

Christine K.
Pilot Pen - Black

The pen writes very smoothly and I just love the flow and swear it improves my penmanship. I wanted a pen that would make me feel good when I wrote and, even writing checks makes me feel elegant!

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.