One of the staple fountain pens for newbies, I ordered one to see why people suggest it. Known online as the Pilot Metropolitan, it is sold in Australia as the Pilot MR/MR2.

It was my first order from The Desk Bandit, which came very nicely presented, to the point that I now regret not taking some photos (I will next time, and I'm sure there will be a next time). Also included was a mini Tim Tam. It didn't last long. The pen comes in a fairly nice display box, and with a cartridge converter, which is great for trying out inks not available in cartridges, and means you don't need to also buy a cartridge converter.

I've been using it for about two months as my "personal" writing pen (as opposed to the pen I use for work stuff), and therefore mainly writing cursive with it. I've had issues from the start with ink being on the top of the nib, away from the feed which early on often seemed to transfer to the inside of the cap, and then on to the grip, which made more of an ink stained hand than intended.

Writing with it, I find I often have it skip as I drift off of it's sweet spot, which doesn't feel very wide for a Medium nib, to the point where I feel I need to switch to a different pen for writing, but it's got my current personal favourite ink in it (Rohrer & Klingner Solferino), and I like doing my personal writing on a less boring ink.

My other frustration is the bulb converter is opaque, and therefore I have absolutely no idea how much ink is left, and just have to refill based on assumption that it's running low. There is the CON-40 piston converter available which is transparent, but haven't yet tried it.