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As a inexpensive knock around pen, you can’t beat it!! Always afraid of losing one of my expensive pens when in the field so these are a great alternativ.
Have I ever mentioned how much I like this pen? NO, I haven't--it's a dog--very overrated!

Think of a really delicious sandwich with everything you like and as much of it as you want...now think of a single slice of bologna between two slices of Wonder Bread--and nothing else.

That's a Pilot Metropolitan. Yum...
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Well I shall see if what kind of bread this is.... but they will be my first fountain pens so I have nothing to compare it to
CHICKENGOD
Good luck!
No silver zig-zag as an option?
SPREAD THE WORD! This pen actually made me an all-in convert to fountain pens! Alumni of my college gave me pens as gifts: a student from Switzerland gave a Montblanc 149 & a Japanese student gave a Pilot (Namiki) Pen; however, THIS PEN WAS INEXPENSIVE, WROTE INCREIBLY WELL ON CHEAP PAPER, & WAS COMFORTABLE IN JEANS! Even the world’s manufacturers wonder if the pen is sold as a loss-leader to entice pen users. It is that good!
Woot! I received my pens this morning. I purchased Pelikan bottled ink in blue to use with these. The pens write beautifully. I am so happy with my purchase!
I was able to test drive a Metro last year and was quite surprised at the feel in the hand and the nib on paper. I held off simply because I was making my own pens, but I always thought that one day I would buy one of these for my collection. Then recently Pilot raised the price, so I figured I hesitated too long. The last drop I remembered seeing was a two-pack but limited colors. So, when I saw this drop, with the variety offered, and the price point, I couldn't delay any longer.
This was one of the first fountain pens I ever purchased. In fact I purchased two based on the many reviews I read. From the moment I inked them up I regretted my purchase. If you buy them as an entry level pen for someone thinking about venturing into the joys of fountain pens you will have lost them. There’s no fun in the Piolet Metropolitan. They will never look forward to picking up a fountain pen. As for reliable, so is a BIC stick pen but I’m pretty sure none of you are gifting one to a friend or buying one for yourself. I’ve been looking for, but can’t find, someone to take them off my hands.
So, to confirm, each pen includes one CON-40 converter, yes? The $5 add-ons are additional to what's included?
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To be clear: I find the enclosed converter to be adequate. The squeeze converter is not bad; however, you cannot see ink levels. You could carry an emergency cartridge, which has the highest ink volume you can probably get into this pen, and you could use a syringe to refill cartridges because they take a greater volume of ink. The newer Con 40 converter replaces the squeeze one in most new shipments because you can see through the glass of the converter, but its capacity is less than the cartridge.
JayBP
It comes with a different converter - Aerometric- squeeze type converter which according to Goulet Pens review holds more ink. The Con-40 is a twist piston converter that is sort of an 'upgrade' and I don't know the capacity of this particular converter but the other piston type converters have smaller ink capacity.
Metropolitans are the most boring fountain pens you will ever use—no personality what so ever.
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I am well familiar with Jinhao, and have owned a number of them myself. The truth really is, their quality control sucks, and if you want them to work reliably and, as you say as well or better than $200+ pens, either you get really, REALLY lucky with the quality control on Jinhao, or you are experienced and know what you are doing as regards nib tuning. I have no doubt you can make an X250 or 159 write like a dream, but that is very hit-or-miss for a beginner, and to spend a little more on a metropolitan whose tight quality control is valuable.

I do not particularly care for metropolitans myself, as they do not fit well in my hand. I have no qualms recommending them to beginners, however, because of that reliability. You cannot blankly claim Jinhao's supremacy when their quality control is literally worse than if their factory was suspended on an enormous pendulum.
XenoMuse
Complaining about quality control problems for a sub five-dollar, Chinese pen is a bit over the top! Assuming we're talking about a true beginner, the minor quality control issues you refer to, shouldn't make that much difference. I have three JinHoa 159s. Each one writes a little differently than the other (and I have my favorite)--but all of them write like fountain pens, where as Metropolitans tend to write like ballpoints (no "character" or "feel"). As for quality control, same can be said for Pelikans (I have three, including an M1000), or Parker Duofolds (I have two), and Conlklins (I have a half-dozen)--and all of them vary from pen to pen (same is true of the 30-or-so Parker 51s I own). We write with fountain pens because of their idiosyncrasies, their occasional bad behaviors, but most of all, the character they convey on paper. Suggesting that someone start their experimentation with a fountain pen devoid of *any* character (say a Pilot Metropolitan, for instance), would be the same as giving a child a box full of Black crayons and asking her to draw you a flower!
I thought the price includes converters, meh
xiaoqiz
It does. It comes with a different converter - Aerometric- squeeze type converter which according to Goulet Pens review holds more ink. The Con-40 is a twist piston converter that is sort of an 'upgrade' and I don't know the capacity of this particular converter but the other piston type converters have smaller ink capacity.
This was supposed to ship on the 2nd and we're still waiting for the vendor.
Update?
So this has just 19 sold so far, and the black fine is already sold out. Wha?
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Did some searching - for Europeans this is the best deal. Amazon wants 19 eur apiece.
I checked the price on Amazon and the Massdrop is a better buy.

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