On Monday, I got pen mail. I ordered a Pilot Metropolitan Retro in orange from Amazon on Saturday and it arrived at my house around noon Monday. I also ordered some Private Reserve Ink in Orange Crush.
The pen came in a plastic case with a clear top. It included one black ink cartridge and a bladder ink converter.
Because I was short on time, I removevd the converter and put the ink cartridge in. It wrote smoothly from the beginning. There was no working with the pen to get the ink flowing. So far, I have tested it on a few types of paper, including a sketch pad, fountain-pen-friendly paper in an ARC notebook from Staples, and regular notebook paper. There is no bleed-through on any of these papers. There is some ghosting on the regular notebook paper, but nothing bad unless I press too hard.
The converter is very easy to fill. When it is attached to the pen, you insert the pen nib up to the neck into the bottle of ink, squeeze the metal plate on the bladder, and release. When the bladder resumes its original shape, the pen is full.
Features of the pen that I really like:
- Fine nib.
- Smooth writing.
- No skips.
- Ease of filling the converter.
There is one thing I don’t like much. There is a dramatic step from the nib to the neck. That’s where I normally hold a pen, so I am having to modify my grip if I’ going to use it for very long. Since I like how it writes (well enough to make this an everyday pen for me), I am willing to make that modification.
Would I buy this pen again? Yes. In fact, I might because I want it in red. This pen was $14.95 on Amazon.