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  1. Jessica Schnell says:

    Do you have a recommendation for a piston converter fountain pen?

    1. Yes! The Pilot Vanishing Point is a fantastic fountain pen, but I also really like the Lamy Safari as a more affordable piston converter pen.

  2. John Daschbach says:

    I discovered these recently and now own 11 of them (one is a Cocoon which is almost exactly the same pen [the nib has very tiny holes instead of very tiny slots]). Some are nib and some are nib. I prefer the nib but with a dark ink which flows well the is very nice. But the shape, finish, and weight make the feel of a Metropolitan in the hand really outstanding. The matching mechanical pencil is great for the same reason, and the really nice 3 instrument collection has a pencil, ball point, and nib FP for less than the cost of a Cocoon FP. If you could get the gel pen and the FP in a 3 part set that would be incredible.

  3. Pull out the feed and nib of the purple metro and soak in dishwashing liquid. Reassemble and try again. Got mine working that way.
    But scratchiness might be due to misaligned tines of the nib and i have no idea how to fix that. Needs special equipment, cheaper to order a new nib from aliexpress.

  4. I have the Metropolitan pen in multiple colors each filled with a different color ink. I made myself a little reference flip book with samples of each ink and which pen it is in. Love these pens. If the pen sits a while without use, I just dip the end in warm water and wipe clean and then off we go!

  5. You can purchase a piston converter to use with the Pilot Metropolitan. I agree that the squeeze converters aren’t great. They work well for cleaning the pen, though. There’s a YouTube video that explains which converters can be used with the Pilot Metropolitan, plus a lot of other info about the pen. Don’t give up on the pen that you are having issues with. A good flush may fix it, especially if you were using shimmering ink. https://youtu.be/g7F5Vbz1nTg

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thanks for sharing that information Tanya!

    2. I was going to offer the same advice! I have 2 Metropolitans as well, and am so glad I got the converters. I got mine through Goulet Pens, who I highly recommend as they have always been fantastic at answering questions and their shipping is fantastic.

  6. I have a dozen metros and have no flow issues. You might want to check the alignment. Also, ink can be an issue in some pens — dry ink in a fine pen.

    I don’t mind the bladder and actually prefer it over the newer sized Con-40 converter, but you can also reuse the cartridge that comes with by using a syringe to flush it.

    If you love pens you might want to start recommending Goulet or Jetpens over Amazon. Amazon might be cheaper but they often don’t continue to carry a pen, and that problem you had with your pen — Goulet or Jetpens would work with you. Jetpens also ships free at a pretty low price point..

  7. I own this pen! And I, too, had problems with inkflow (I have the orange version) but I found that storing it horizontally is the key. (You might have mentioned this and I missed it.) It’s a great pen! I have the blue ink, and it’s pretty dark, but next time I order some ink I’d like to try the black. I have not tried it in my Bible journaling, but I might do that. I don’t know if it bleeds.

    I use the cartridges.

    Thanks for writing about this pen!

  8. My dad bought me my first fountain pen nearly 50 years ago, and I've been a fan ever since, but I've drifted away in recent years. I still have so many of them, though; time to pull some out and use them again. For my regular journal, I also favor old lined ledgers (they often say "Record" in fancy script), and they go along well with fountain pens! Now if only we could start a manual typewriter resurgance (and yes, I have a couple of those as well).

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I bet you have quite the collection Ellen! I hope you get them back out again.

  9. I just bought one of these, but it isn’t here yet. My first was a Monteverdi Monza, but I wanted something snazzier. You can get a piston converter for the Metropolitan! I ordered that with mine. 🙂 Goulet Pens has them for $6. I can’t wait for mine to get here, and my first bottled ink samples!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I can’t wait for you to get it either Lisa! Have a blast using it.

  10. Pilot also sells a plunger type of converter available from Amazon. I have found medium point to be less scratchy than fine.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thanks for letting us know Ray!

  11. Kimberly Robinson says:

    I highly recommend Goulet Pens as a source not only of excellent pens at all price points but a vast array of inks in every imaginable brand and colour including all your favorites and a library of written and video informational and trouble shooting resources. Their customer service is peerless.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thanks for letting us know Kimberly!

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