The Pilot Neapolitan! The delicious new fountain pen for our American fountain pen market. I have been looking forward to its release since FPGeeks blurbed about it a few months ago. I'll skip over all the boring facts and jump straight into opinions, ramblings, and poor-quality pictures! (per usual)
I'm a big fan of the discontinued 78G from Pilot. It was averagely sized, cheap, had a screw-cap, and most importantly had one of Pilot's awesome Fine nibs. But being constructed of thin plastic with very little adornment, it was too insubstantial for me. Unsubstantial. Light. I needed more pen! I'm a big fan of pocket carry, especially pants pocket, so a metal barrel really makes me more at ease. Plus I prefer writing & drawing with heavier pens in general.
Now once the Metro finally popped up on "store shelves" the bottom dropped out, as it was (is) only being offered with a Medium nib. But wait, that section+nib+feed all look totally identical to the 78G. Because they are! Jackpot. I knew I'd be able to easily pull out the boring medium nib and toss in an Extra Fine from the Pilot Penmanship (I call her Penny) or the surprisingly ubiquitous Pilot Plumix italic nib. Seriously, I still can't believe Staples actually carries those in-store.
Here's a size comparison between the Prera and Metropolitan. I converted the Prera to an eyedropper, something I cannot recommend with the metal barrel of the Metro.
You'll also note that the Metro above has a matte section, as opposed to the shiny one in the 78G reference picture. Culled from an awesome and inspiring old thread at FPN, I disassembled my Metro and sanded down the section. This has afforded me a much better grip.
Speaking of grip, the Metro's clip is actually pretty good. I've been clipping the pen to my jeans pocket for the last week and it's still just as elastic (?), with no indication that it will eventually bend or break. And the clip isn't so ridiculously tight against the barrel that it only acts as a roll-stop!
A coworker asked me if I was worried that the snap cap would come loose in my pocket. Luckily, Pilot has provided another wonderful threadless cap. It closes with a decided click and opens with a noticeable ploit! I might even venture to say that it's a better seal than on the Prera, though it doesn't post as nicely. But who cares? I don't post!
All in all, the Metropolitan is a steal for $15. One part buttery Japanese medium nib, one part ROBOCOP. And this pen just gets better for those of us who like needlepoints AND modding.