Pilot fountain pen ink: Iroshizuku Ink: Pilot Pen

Pilot Iroshizuku Inks: Luxury Japanese Fountain Pen Inks

Most fountain pen inks will smear if they get wet or are highlighted. If you want to be able to highlight your notes or ensure that they can’t be eradicated by an errant spill, it’s important to choose an ink with good water resistance.

None of the Iroshizuku inks are fully waterproof, but Fuyu-syogun, Kiri-same, and Yama-guri all have pretty good water resistance. This means that the ink will smear if it gets wet, but you should still be able to read everything you’ve written.

Tsukushi has moderate water resistance, meaning that you may lose some of what you’ve written if it gets wet, but enough should survive that you can reconstruct the rest from context.

The rest of the Iroshizuku inks have little to no water resistance. Some of your writing with these inks may still survive if it gets wet, but we wouldn’t bet your term paper on it. It’s a bit unfortunate, but this is part of the trade-off for having inks that are so well-behaved and easy to clean.

Click here to see the full results of our water- and highlighter-resistance testing, which we performed by soaking the inks in water for 30 seconds, smearing them with a water brush, and highlighting them with ink and gel highlighters.

Click here to see the full results of our water- and highlighter-resistance testing, which we performed by soaking the inks in water for 30 seconds, smearing them with a water brush, and highlighting them with ink and gel highlighters.

These tests were done on Rhodia DotPad paper with a TWSBI ECO 1.1 mm fountain pen, Kuretake medium water brush, Stabilo Boss ink highlighter, and Monami Essenti Dry gel highlighter. The thin strokes of the 1.1 mm nib are comparable to writing from a fine nib, and the wide strokes are comparable to writing from a broad nib. Rhodia paper is very smooth and non-absorbent, allowing inks to smear more easily on it than on other, toothier papers. Because of this, you may experience better results than those below if you use a toothier, more absorbent paper.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink Review

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Pilot’s Iroshizuku is a line of high quality fountain pen inks. They are some of the best priced, best performing inks sold today, but with 24 inks in the line it’s hard to try them all.

Well, we bought all the inks and are going to review the full family below, with commentary on each of the 24 Pilot Iroshizuku fountain pen inks.

All 24 Iroshizuku colors

Iroshizuku Ink Background

The Iroshizuku line isn’t something most people — even lovers of the inks — have investigated deeply. It turns out that there are some interesting details here if you dig a bit.

Pilot notes that “Iroshizuku” is a word created by combining the Japanese word for coloring (iro) and dew or droplet (shizuku). So Iroshizuku is “colored dew,” or, most understandably to the English speaker “color droplets.” A fitting name for a line of liquid inks.


The individual inks each have names and then usually have explanations paired with them. For example Kon-peki, the most popular ink in the line, is almost always known as Cerulean Blue. The direct translation of the name would actually be “azure” but cerulean is generally what people would refer to the color as.

The 24 colors, in alphabetical order are: Ajisai, Ama-iro, Asa-gao, Chiku-rin, Fuyu-gaki, Fuyu-syogun, Ina-ho, Kiri-same, Kon-peki, Kosumosu, Ku-jaku, Momiji, Murasaki-shikibu, Shin-kai, Shin-ryoku, Syo-ro, Take-sumi, Tsuki-yo, Tsuyu-kusa, Tsukushi, Tsutsuji, Yama-budo, Yama-guri, and Yu-yake. We’ll explain more about each below.

Iroshizuku Ink Packaging

The Iroshizuku inks are most commonly sold in 50 ml glass vials. These are large, decorative bottles with an oblong shape and a nice appearance on one’s desk. They make excellent gifts.

Iroshizuku inks often appear in 15 ml glass bottles as well. This is what Pilot calls the “Mini” bottle, and it’s sold both as stand-alone bottles and in color sets. The most common set, and most people’s introduction to this ink, is made up of three 15 ml bottles of Kon-peki, Tsuki-yo, and Take-sumi. This set generally sells for about $15.

Iroshizuku Inks

Here are the Pilot Iroshizuku inks in order of our most to least favorite. Below we have the ink name, followed by Pilot’s English color description, and finally a literal translation.

  1. Kon-peki (Cerulean) – Deep Azure
  2. Tsuki-yo (Deep Teal) – Moonlight
  3. Take-sumi (Gray Black)
  4. Shin-ryoku (Deep Green) – Forest Green
  5. Syo-ro – Pine Tree Dew
  6. Fuyu-syogun (Bluish Dark Gray) – Old Man Winter
  7. Kiri-same (Misty Dark Gray) – Autumn Shower
  8. Tsuyu-kusa (Deep Blue) – Asiatic Dayflower
  9. Asa-gao (Navy Blue) – Morning Glory
  10. Ama-iro – Sky Blue
  11. Yama-guri – Wild Chestnut
  12. Kosumosu (Pink) – Cosmos
  13. Chiku-rin – Bamboo Forest
  14. Tsutsuji – Azalea
  15. Yama-budo (Bordeaux) – Crimson Glory Vine or Wild Grapes
  16. Ku-jaku (Deep Turquoise)
  17. Momiji (Vermillion)
  18. Fuyu-gaki (Deep Orange) – Persimmon
  19. Murasaki-shikibu (Deep Lavender)
  20. Tsukushi (Brown)
  21. Ina-ho (Light Brown) – Rice Ear
  22. Shin-kai (Blue Gray) – Deep Sea
  23. Ajisai (Periwinkle) – Hydrangea
  24. Yu-yake (Sunset)

Pilot Iroshizuku Sets

Given the breadth of the Iroshizuku series, it’s not surprising that the ink is sold in sets. The sets are color-themed, so you can buy one set and find the blue you like the best, or the pink, red, or even brown. The sets are typically sold directly by Pilot in the 15 ml glass bottles, but Pilot’s distributors often sell sets of 2 ml sample vials.

15 ml Samplers

If you don’t want to commit to a single 50 ml bottle of ink, Pilot does sell sets of three 15 ml glass bottles.

  • Tsuki-yo, Take-sumi, and Kon-peki (this is the most popular set)
  • Ama-iro, Fuyu-gaki, and Syo-ro
  • Asa-gao, Shin-kai, and Yama-budo

If you simply care about color organization, then here are our informal color groupings:

Iroshizuku Greens

  • Chiku-rin
  • Shin-ryoku
  • Syo-ro

Iroshizuku Blues

  • Ama-iro
  • Kon-peki
  • Tsuyu-kusa
  • Asa-gao

Iroshizuku Reds

Iroshizuku Purples

  • Yama-budo
  • Murasaki-shikibu

Iroshizuku General Characteristics

The Iroshizuku inks are, generally speaking, known to be reasonably priced, nicely colored, relatively practical, and very easy to use. These are dependable inks that are very user-friendly. Being a luxury ink, they have subtle color tones and excellent overall performance in almost all fountain pens.

The Iroshizuku colors range from a relatively standard charcoal black to a range of blues, to all sorts of more exotic pinks, oranges, and greens. The most popular inks in the series are the blacks and blues, but also purples, like Murasaki-shikibu and Yama-budo. The middle tones — light brown and bamboo green for example — are the sorts of natural tones that the series is designed to show off, but they are less practical and less popular than something like the charcoal black (Take-sumi) or blue-black (Shin-kai).

MORE Than Top Ten Fountain Pen Inks

Oh-emm-gee! Let’s get this out of the way right now. I could not get this list down to ten. Not. Even. Close. And it is not complete at all. Get your comments ready right now because I’m sure I left your favorite color out.

What I attempted to do here was provide a “best option” (consider those air quotes) for the ROYGBIV colors plus a brown, grey, black and blue-black. So — it’s about eleven colors. I left out any inks that are specialty inks that have glitter sparkles or are super-sheeners or those specialty color-shifting colors like Sailor 123. I wanted to provide a basics palette here based on the experiences of five years of helping sell inks at pen shows and these are colors I recommend over and over again as well as colors I personally reach for over and over again.

I also tried to provide a lower priced option or a more-easily available option if my first choice is a pricier ink. Hence, the dozens of swatches in the photos. So, shall we?


Pink: Lamy Vibrant Pink ($8 for 50ml)/Crystal Rhodonite ($16 for 30ml) (It’s the same ink, just repackaged) Okay, well, I already broke my own rule about no ink with sparkle since Lamy Vibrant Pink has sparkle in it but it’s a good solid pink whether you shake it up and use the sparkle that settles to the bottom or not. Once Vibrant Pink is sold out, Rhodonite is the same color but considerably more expensive. Callifolio Andrinople ($13 for 40ml) is my go-to pink. It’s pink without being too pink. Taccia Momo Pink ($13 for 40ml) is the eye-searing pink when you need to make a pink statement. It’s a great ink at a great price.

Red: Diamine Matador ($7.50 for 30ml) This is a good red-red. The price is extremely reasonable and Diamine ink is very well-behaved. Everyone has their favorite shade of red but I tend to recommend this as a good place to start. Sailor Jentle Irori ($15 for 20ml) is my favorite red and THE INK I used when testing paper leading up to the stock we use for the Col-o-ring. It has a gold sheen that shows on certain papers like the Col-o-ring on the edges of letterforms or big swashes of ink. It’s a little more orange-y than Matador.

Orange: Sailor Jentle Apricot ($25 for 50ml) is my go-to orange. It’s the happiest orange and Sailor’s inks are really well-behaving. The bottle is a little annoying for larger nibs but if you can transfer the ink to a taller bottle or syringe fill your pens, it’s not a big deal. My less expensive option is Papier Plume Sazerac ($10 for 50ml). Sazerac is a little bit darker, smokier orange but I am not complaining. More inks need to be named after cocktails, don’t you agree?

Yellow: I’m not sure it really qualifies as yellow but overall yellow inks are not terribly usable on a daily basis so I am using this slot to recommend Callifolio Huere Dorée ($13 for 40ml). Yes, there is KWZ Honey and Franklin-Christoph Honeycomb and Robert Oster Honeybee but Huere Dorée is an unsung beauty and deserves to be recognized. In general, Callifolio is a brand that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves but that’s a topic for another day.

Brown: I am going to slot my pick for brown here next to yellow for lack of a better place to put it. My pick here is Robert Oster Caffe Crema ($17 for 50ml). I don’t tend to pick brown inks very often but when I do, its either Caffe Crema or Melon Tea. People wax poetic about Robert Oster’s blues but when he creates colors outside of his comfort zone, he often makes some really amazing colors. These two browns often prove my point. If you need more options, check out our post about Sepia.

Green: I lean towards greens that are a little more yellow green or olive-y than grass green so my apologies here for my green-bias. I chose Pen BBS #342 Matcha Green Tea  ($16 for 60ml) or Sailor Waka-Uguisa ($14.99 for 20ml) which matches a great number of my pens. Both inks perform really well. I really like Pen BBS inks and they are a great value.

Teal: Monteverde California Teal ($9 for 30ml bottle) is an ink I basically just stick into people’s hands when I see them at pen shows and they look bewildered by the many choices available to them. If they don’t have any inks or only have black and blue ink, I recommend this ink. It will open the world of colors to them. Yes, its a sheen-y color but not too sheen-y. It’s not crazy expensive and it’s not an enormous bottle. The color isn’t too garish to put off someone who’s worried that it won’t be “work appropriate” and it’s funky enough to win over someone looking for something “a little different”. If you don’t have a bottle of California Teal yet, you need one.

Turquoise: When people ask me for a great turquoise, the words jump out of my mouth so fast they often do a double take: Robert Oster Torquay. “Not Fire & Ice?” “Nope. Trust me.” So far no one has come back and hit me with the 50ml plastic bottle so hopefully they’ve been happy with the ink. It reminds me of the color of swimming pools when you write with it. Let me know if you agree. My other recommendation is slightly darker, it’s Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku ($22.50 for 50ml) and it’s one of my most-reached-for inks. For me, it’s my neutral. It’s bright but not too bright. It’s turquoise but not garish. It’s totally readable and becuase it’s Pilot, it’s a high performance ink in any pen.

Blue: Waterman Inspired Blue ($11.30 for 50ml) (my bottle was rename Obsession Blue for some weird reason, don’t ask… it’s the same color) is one of my favorite blues. I like to blow people’s minds by telling them this. I also like to show them how it sheens too. It’s safe for vintage fountain pens, it’s inexpensive and it’s fairly readily available. Have a bottle handy at all times. If blue isn’t your thing, Waterman also has a great purple. Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ($22.50 for 50ml) is another great blue option and is a fan favorite. It’s a lubricated ink designed for Japanese fine nibs and comes in a pretty bottle.

Violet: I have only one favorite violet and it’s Sailor Jentle Fuji-Musume ($12 for 20ml). There are others that I like but they are darker, dingier violets or they are more red-purples. This is a true violet and a gorgeous ink with good ink characteristics.

Blue-Black: My favorite blue-black is Bungbox 4B (¥3500 for 30ml, directly from Bungbox in Japan) but it is difficult to get in the US right now. I assume it’s a result of our current shipping issues and that it should be available through Vanness, Pen Chalet and Goldspot in a few months. Bungbox is a small Japanese pen shop that gets custom made Sailor ink for it’s shop. So, it’s extremely good quality ink and colors that are chosen under the watchful eye of pen enthusiasts like us. Of course, Bungbox ink is also pretty expensive too. So, my second recommendation is Taccia Aogura ($12 for 40ml) which is also a beautiful Japanese ink but is considerably  less expensive and much easier to access. It’s a little darker but it’s still a beautiful ink. Another option is Kaweco Midnight Blue ($14 for 30ml). It’s another great blue-black that’s reasonably priced. It’s a little brighter but still perfect for the office or other professional setting.

I have one more option for you. I know, I already gave you three options but you have to understand, after the blue/turquoise and teal category, blue-black is probably the most popular color category. So, here is my other recommendation: Diamine Denim ($7.50 for 30ml). It’s my casual Friday blue-black. You’re welcome.

Grey: With grey inks, there are warm greys and cool greys and sometimes neutral greys. I tried to find one of each but you can decide how close I got. Montblanc Oyster Grey ($24 for 60ml) is as close as I could find to a neutral grey. It’s probably a little more on the cooler side with a hint of blue and a little golden sheen but it’s pretty grey-grey. This is part of MontBlanc’s standard line-up so it’s pretty reasonably priced. Lamy Crystal Agate ($16 for 30ml) is a green grey with a bit of sheen. It’s really quite lovely and is my current favorite grey. Diamine Earl Grey ($7.50 for 30ml) is a warmer grey with more red making it almost a purple-grey.

Black: Everyone needs a bottle of black ink. Once we discover the great spectrum of color, it’s hard to buy a simple bottle of black ink but there’s always a place for simplicity. If you have vintage fountain pens, you can’t go wrong with a bottle Waterman Intense Black ($11.30 for 50ml) which will be safe for your vintage pens as well as all your modern pens as well.  If you only have modern pens, Monteverde Raven Noir  ($9 for 30ml) will be an excellent option.

Bonus Waterproof Black: I consider Platinum Carbon Black ($22.50 for 60ml) a must-have ink for anyone who likes to draw, paint or do any kind of arty pursuits with their fountain pens. I have put this ink through some pretty lengthy tests to see how safe it is for pens and how waterproof it is and it has performed admirably over several years of abuse. I have sacrificed a Lamy Safari to a let-the-ink-dry-in-the-pen test and it washed out with nothing but water. A longer dry test could probably clean out with a sonic cleaner without breaking a sweat. Sailor Nano Black was mentioned as an alternative but studies by other artists have indicated that Nano Black is not as waterproof throughout the life of a bottle of the ink as Carbon Black.

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Let the Fountain Pens Flow!

The “disruption” of the fountain-pen market provides a soothing escape from all the others: Amazon’s unnerving dominion, Facebook’s alleged tainting of democracy itself, and childhood’s fast fade into screens.

“People describe drawing ink into their pen from an ink bottle and wiping the nib as a Zenlike experience,” said Stephen Brown, 34, a cognitive psychologist from the Netherlands who teaches at a community college in Red Deer, Alberta.

His YouTube channel, SBREBrown, on which he reviews pens, has 45,000 subscribers. (“I didn’t expect this,” Mr. Brown said. “Yes, some channels have millions, but I’m not telling people how to create a smoky eye!”) There’s little friction writing with a fountain pen; unlike a ballpoint or roller ball, the mechanism is essentially a controlled ink leak. Hands don’t cramp. Thoughts promise to pour out easily.

“People are also reading studies coming out indicating that writing things down helps you remember,” said Jane Andreasen, 27, a pen nerd with a Mia Farrow crop and Fury Road boots. “It’s an easy step to go from, ‘I want to write more to, ‘and now I have a fountain pen,’ to ‘now I have five, what happened to me?’” Ms. Andreasen is the resident fountain-pen expert at the happening Oakland, Calif., outpost of Flax Art & Design, an art supply store.

Bring on the Blotters

Nibs recall a time when the act of signing documents promised law and order. A time when Thomas Jefferson used his (up-to-the-minute) metal pen to draft the Declaration of Independence for people who had faith in a “we the” and the God indicated as the key witness to the ensuing signatures.

Considering this, it makes sense that one of the world’s largest pen shows is in Washington, D.C. It also makes sense that there’s some pen political drama, captured by the ink maker Nathan Tardif, whose Noodler’s inks are known for their inventiveness, affordability and the libertarian convictions hidden in their charming illustrated labels.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink


Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Fountain Pen Ink


Pilot’s 100th Anniversary is upon us, and they have released some stunning limited edition inks. These limited editions draw their inspiration from The Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Ebisu, Daikoku-ten, Bishamon-ten, Benzai-ten, Fuku-roku-ju, Juro-jin and Hotei-Son.

Ebisu (Light Blue)

In ancient times, Ebisu was worshiped as the god of plentiful fishing. Now, however, he is regarded as the god of happiness and prosperity who makes everything from businesses to crops plentiful. This light blue ink reflects the color of the sparkling sea, also depicted on the fountain pen, around the rock on which Ebisu is sitting.

Daikoku-ten (Yellow) SOLD OUT

Daikoku-ten is believed to be the god of treasure as well as happiness, prosperity and better fortune that rules food and wealth. The yellow ink echoes the color of the straw rice-bag, also depicted on the fountain pen, upon which Daikoku-ten is sitting.

Bishamon-ten (Red)

Bishamon-ten is believed to be the god of financial good fortune and competition. The red ink echoes the color of the flames, also depicted on the fountain pen, emanating from the halo that is floating behind him.

Benzai-ten (Coral Pink)

Benzai-ten is unique among the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, in that she is the only goddess. Today, she is worshiped as the god of wisdom, and is said to represent the virtue that exists in a marriage bond. The coral pink-colored ink echoes the color of the Benzai-ten’s Kimono, also depicted on the fountain pen.

Fuku-roku-ju (Green) SOLD OUT

Taoism’s three virtues which are the perpetuation of one’s descendants, health and longevity, are known as Fuku-roku-ju. Today, Fuku-roku-ju is worshiped as the god of personal virtue. The green ink echoes the color of the turtle, also depicted on the fountain pen, on which Fuku-roku-ju is riding.

Juro-jin (Purple)

Juro-jin is worshipped as the god of longevity and prolonged life as well as wealth and longevity. The purple ink echoes the color of the Juro-jin’s Kimono, also depicted on the fountain pen.

Hotei-son(Black-Green) SOLD OUT

Hotei-son is widely regarded as a god of good fortune and matrimonial happiness, believed to impart riches, status and prosperity. The black-green ink echoes the color of Hotei-son’s necklace, also depicted on the fountain pen.


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My Five Best Fountain Pen Inks for Everyday Writing — The Gentleman Stationer

UPDATE: A new version of this “Top Five” list was published on February 26, 2020. Check out the post “Daily Writers: The Best Fountain Pen Inks for Daily Use.”

Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed an explosion in the number of fountain pen inks on the market.  Six years ago, when I first picked up my pen again after a long hiatus, the main players with any sort of color variation in their ink lines were Noodler’s and Private Reserve. For us corporate drones, bottles of staid (and somewhat boring) inks such as Parker, Waterman, and Pelikan 4001 could still be found on the shelves of big-box office supply stores.  Today, the big box stores have more or less abandoned fountain pens entirely (except for disposables and super-cheaps), but the overall landscape has completely changed:  I now count 10 readily available brands of fountain pen ink in my desk drawer alone.  Great, right?  But a major drawback is the paralysis of choice and the potential for overwhelm.

I like to shuffle colors in and out of my pens, but there are five or so inks that I keep coming back to for everyday writing.  By “everyday,” I mean writing at work on cheap copy paper, in my pocket notebooks, and taking notes while I read.  With the exception of one recommendation, most of these inks are readily available and relatively inexpensive.  

  1. Sailor Kiwa-Guro Nano-Black. Expensive, yes; however, the price has come down a bit lately, and this Japanese workhorse will get the job done anywhere, even in a Moleskine. It’s pigmented ink, so just remember to clean your pens out regularly. Some might balk at paying this much for black ink, but given how long a bottle of ink lasts me, it’s not really a consideration. The versatility of this ink makes it a useful travel companion.

  2. Waterman Serenity Blue/Florida Blue. I’ve sung the virtues of this ink before, as it made my list of “Best Blue Inks for the Office.” Want something that’s nice to look at, writes well on any kind of paper, won’t turn any heads, and is inexpensive? Try this.

  3. Pilot Blue-Black. Another great ink that’s typically only available in cartridge form in the U.S., though you can easily order it from Japan off eBay or Amazon (in the big 350ml bottles, too). Like Waterman blue, Pilot Blue-Black dries quickly and works well on most papers, but you also get some nice shading and red sheen when the ink dries.

  4. Diamine Oxblood. Ever wish you had a red ink that was dark enough to use for everyday business correspondence? Pick up a bottle of Oxblood. Like the vast majority of Diamine inks, it plays nice with most pens and different grades of paper. When it comes to my personal favorite readily available red ink, it’s a toss-up between Oxblood and . . .

  5. Sheaffer Skrip Red. With its classic fire-engine hue, it’s my favorite “true red” ink. Skip Red is probably one of the few bright red inks that doesn’t stain, and can be considered “safe” to use in most vintage pens (though I’d still advise you to be careful with lighter colored celluloids or demonstrators).

Pilot Metropolitan Review: The Perfect Fountain Pen for Beginners

Not sure where to begin with fountain pens? Go no further than this Pilot Metropolitan review! I’ll share why this is a perfect fountain pen for beginners.

Fountain Pens Can Be Intimidating

When you think about fountain pens, you probably imagine a rather classy fellow writing a fancy letter in neat Spencerian script. However, fountain pens aren’t just for the wealthy. These old-fashioned pens may feel luxe, but they are perfectly accessible for any person who’s a fan of fine writing. But where do you jump in? I’d say that a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen is an excellent launching point. Let me share my full Pilot Metropolitan review so you can see what makes this an excellent fountain pen for beginners.

My Pilot Metropolitan Review

My very first fountain pens were from Pilot, but they weren’t actually the Metropolitan. In fact, they weren’t even refillable! I bought the disposable Pilot Varsity fountain pens, which were cute, but didn’t satisfy my fountain pen itch. I wanted something a little richer and more luxurious in the hand. Flimsy plastic just didn’t do it for me. That’s when I moved up the Pilot ladder and discovered the Pilot Metropolitan. I snapped it up as soon as I could and immediately got started.

Where to Find Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pens

Pilot is an enormous brand with a ton of reach, so it’s no shock when you see this brand in your local art or office supply store. However, most of the Pilot products you will see won’t be fountain pens. If you’re lucky, though, you can spot a Metropolitan on the shelf of your local store. I’ve seen it before, but brick and mortar stores aren’t the most dependable source for your fountain pen needs. Instead, I personally like to turn to Amazon. I know they will always have the full range of colors and nib sizes to suit my needs. In this review, I will be discussing my Pilot Metropolitan fine nib pen.

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The Pros

There are a lot of factors that make the Pilot Metropolitan an excellent choice. Let me count the ways!


If you’ve ever shopped around for fountain pens, you’ll know that some of those pens can get pricey. Like, really pricey. That is something you don’t have to worry about with the Pilot Metropolitan. This fountain pen can typically be found for $15-20 (excluding any special designs). While that may sound expensive for a pen, remember that this is a pen you can refill again and again indefinitely. Plus it’s much nicer than a typical disposable pen, so it’s worth a few extra bucks on that front alone. Compared to most fountain pens, the Metropolitan is very budget-friendly.

Metal Body

I love how the Pilot Metropolitan feels in my hand. The brass body is cold and weighty while you write without becoming a burden to use. Despite its low cost, the look and feel of this pen will be sure to leave an impression on your friends and coworkers. Just make sure they don’t steal it!

Beautiful Designs

This lovely fountain pen comes in a myriad of different colors and designs, from more moderate to downright funky. You’ll be sure to find a Metropolitan that matches your style!

Easily Refillable

The draw of a fountain pen is in the ability to refill it. You can use all kinds of brilliant and colorful inks to create exactly the effect you are aiming for. Personally, I enjoy Diamine Ancient Copper, Noodler’s Apache Sunset, and Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts. If you don’t want to get any bottles of ink, you can grab some ink cartridge refills easily. Either way, you can always switch up your ink and try something new with this fountain pen.

Environmentally Friendly

I’m a bit of a green enthusiast, so I have to point out the benefits to a fountain pen over a disposable plastic pen. When you buy a pack of cheap disposable pens, you will use, abuse, and lose those pens over time. When the pen goes dry, it goes into the trash pile. However, a fountain pen is much different. When you buy a nicer fountain pen like a Pilot Metropolitan, you will treat it kindly. You will keep an eye on your fountain pen and be more likely to prevent it from falling into the couch cushions. And a single bottle of ink paired with your Metropolitan can last for years and years. I have never run out of any of my inks, and I use a fountain pen nearly daily. When it comes to protecting the environment from disposable plastic, a fountain pen is a tiny gift to yourself that you can feel good about.

The Cons

The Pilot Metropolitan might be a great fountain pen for beginners, but it isn’t without its faults. Here are some of the things I didn’t like about the Metropolitan.

Inkflow Issues

I actually own two Pilot Metropolitan fountain pens — one is yellow and one is purple. I don’t really use the purple Metropolitan anymore because that one continued to give me some inkflow issues. Sometimes the ink wouldn’t flow right away when I began writing and sometimes it would plop a fat drop of ink on the page while I was writing. Most of the time, I found that the pen just wrote rather scratchy. Just like the yellow Metropolitan, the purple one had a fine nib. The yellow one hasn’t given me any issues, so I can’t help but wonder if this problem was just a manufacturing error. Whatever the case may be, I wanted to point out this issue.

Small Converter

The bladder that holds ink in the Pilot Metropolitan is rather small, which means you will run out of ink with less writing. It’s not a huge deal, but it can be inconvenient to refill the bladder so often. I use my fountain pen for my Morning Pages (which equals three longhand pages each day), and the Pilot Metropolitan would only last about four days before I had to refill it.

Squeeze Converter

Among all the varieties of converters, I must say I like the squeeze converter the least. This converter is a small rubber bladder that you squeeze to expel air and suck ink into the nib of the pen. While it certainly does the job, I prefer a piston converter, which is less messy and easier to control. Again, this isn’t a huge con, but it’s not my favorite feature of the pen.

An Ideal Fountain Pen for Beginners

This pen is easy to write with and easy to refill — plus it’s pretty easy on the eyes. If you’ve been wanting to dive into fountain pens, then the Pilot Metropolitan is an excellent springboard. No matter your experience level with fountain pens, the Metropolitan will suit your needs and leave you satisfied.

I hope you have found this Pilot Metropolitan review helpful! Let me know in the comments section what product you want me to review next, and head to the My Supplies page to see some of my other favorite materials!

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Pilot parallel pen: pen and ink features

Testing the Pilot Parallel pen as a regular writing tool did not reveal its other interesting features … Correcting a defect.

Pen and ink

So, as it was discovered earlier, the nib of this pen is two parallel steel plates (hence the name of the pen).

The manufacturer recommends using a special ink in this pen, which is sold only in cartridges and called Pilot Mixable Color.The choice of colors in these cartridges is quite wide – 12 different ones.

The Mixable Color cartridges are exactly the same shape as the regular Pilot cartridges, and since the choice of colors for these inks is much larger than the inks for conventional pens, there is a desire to try such cartridges in other Pilot pens.

But! Pilot gives an official answer to the possibility of such an experiment: no!

Other users of such inks, despite the official ban, have tried using these Mixable Color in conventional pens and note that, in general, the flowability of this ink does not differ from that of conventional Pilot inks.Yet these Mixable inks are different: Pilot recommends rinsing the pen after each cartridge change in the pen instructions. Why this is so has not yet been clarified. And by the way, that “pipette” converter included in the kit is not intended for refilling the pen with ink (Mixable color are sold only in cartridges), but … for flushing the pen. Regular Pilot fountain pens, however expensive, usually do not come with a converter. And here, for a very inexpensive, obligatory, and for flushing! There is something special about this ink, probably…

And here is that black plastic rectangle made of film, very reminiscent of ordinary photographic film, and included in the delivery set, is intended for cleaning the pen (insert the film between two parallel plates of the pen), in case of clogging with paper particles that can get into the pen and worsen the current ink. And also this piece of film can be used to clean the gap in the nib of an ordinary pen, which was done by your humble servant, several times, successfully.

Colors and Gradients

After receiving the pen, I read its instructions and realized that I had to order two pens… 🙂

The fact is that these Mixable color inks are called mixed for a reason: the pen allows you to pour ink of a different color directly into the nib!

It is done like this: hold the Pilot Parállel # 1 pen (of yours), filled, for example, with red ink, and hold it vertically with the pen up. Hold the Pilot parallel # 2 pen filled, for example, with black ink, with the nib down and the end of its nib against the nib of the first pen. The ink from the top pen nib begins to flow into the bottom pen nib.We hold the handles for one or two seconds. And then we begin to write with pen number 1. The pen begins to write in black, and then, after a few words, gradually changes color to red. Looks pretty interesting.

Over time, you can adapt and fill in other ink without turning the main pen, but simply placing the nib of the number 2 pen on the side of the nib of the number 1 pen. In this case, we will get an additional effect: the pen will write with ink of an additional color only on one side of the line, as if we were writing with two pens with inks of different colors.

I can’t show all this technology on myself (for lack of a second handle), but the video below shows the process more or less clearly …

Based on the above … If you are interested in the pen and are going to buy it (order in the online store), take 2 pieces at once. It is possible with different nibs, as the ink bleed effect works between nibs of different widths.

And I also found an example of how you can write (draw?) Wonderful drawings with such a pen. ..

90,000 How to fill the Pilot Parallel Pen?

A special feature of the Pilot Parallel Pen is that you should not use suspension materials for either refueling or dipping: ink, gouache, acrylic. Small particles that are part of these paints clog the capillary system and the nib. After using the suspensions, it is required to disassemble and rinse the handle.

Waterproof, permanent ink containing alcohol is absolutely contraindicated. Flushing will not do here, the ink supply mechanism will be damaged and the pen will have to be thrown away.

The Parallel Pen can be refilled with Water Soluble Ink . Usually they are marked “ Fountain Ink “, i.e. fountain pen ink.

Famous brands

The cheapest ink with acceptable quality is Rainbow-2 (Gamma) – blue or purple. What can I say, they write, but too liquid. Only black ink has a more or less normal density, but, in my experience, they clog the nozzles of the writing unit, and come off worse.

To make the Gamma ink thicker, it is evaporated. Place in a warm place with the lid ajar and forget for a month. I can’t say the exact date, I did it by accident. If the liquid evaporates completely, then add distilled water.

Quite expensive, but very popular refill option – liquid watercolor Ecoline , with which you can create gradients by dipping the refilled parallel in a different color or by connecting two pens for a few seconds, as shown in the instructions for the Parallel Pen.The Ecoline color range contains almost 50 colors – they mix well with each other and give new shades. The disadvantages of watercolors include translucency and poor lightfastness. If the work is supposed to be hung on the wall, then it is better to use ink.

Set of liquid watercolors “Ecoline” (primary colors), 5 colors, 30 ml

NB! Never take the white and gold Ecoline. More useless pen ink is hard to find.

Pelican and Pilot products are in the same price segment as Ecoline (300-400 ₽ 30 ml).

Pilot – The native Parallel Pen ink has good hiding power. The set of cartridges contains 12 colors, 30 ml bottles are found in blue and black. I didn’t like the smell and how they fit on the paper.

Pelican 4001, , in my opinion, the ink with the best value for money. They come off perfectly, quite fat, a wide range of colors, but rather transparent. If you are going to work on a charter or a fracture, the Pelican is as much a tool as a pen.Cheap ink will not work.

Ink bottle Pelikan INK 4001 78 (301051), for fountain pens, 30 ml, black

I was scared of the price for a long time, but in practice it turned out that a bottle of 30 ml lasts more than 2 months, with daily training with a green Parallel Pen.

As a matter of fact, the list of refueling materials for the Parallel Pen is limited to the ones listed above. From expensive (1000 ₽ 50 ml) suitable inks, you can freely buy Lamy and Pelikan Edelstein .In terms of their qualities, they are very close to the Pelican 4001, I see no reason to overpay.

Although nominally any water-soluble ink or liquid watercolor would be suitable for refilling, in fact, the choice is limited by the quality, composition and price of the paint.

Black and red Rainbow-2 can be classified as low-quality. The first pushes on cheap paper, the second is too watery. Stats-Profi and inFORMAT , judging by the reviews, are completely useless: liquid and pale.

Ink composition unsuitable for refilling:

  • permanent : Higgins Eternal;
  • water resistant : Kuretake ZIG;
  • contain slurry: McCaffery’s Penman’s ink, Parker, Diamine Shimmering;
  • Acrylic Base: Bombay India Ink, Vallejo, Rohrer & Klingner.


Expand the capabilities of the Pilot Parallel Pen by dipping. Here you can use all inks and mascaras, except for permanent ones, , provided that the pen is thoroughly rinsed after work and blown out with a pipette convector.

Here I would like to mention the stamp ink Stanger . Black is 100% opaque. For final work, Parallel Pen is better than any ink. Does not sag, bluish-black, did not push on any paper, looks great on watercolor and cardboard, inexpensive. The disadvantages include a specific smell and long drying time.

Very thick, if you fill it, you have to dilute with a blue or purple Rainbow, then the opacity will drop, but you will get the best ink that I have tried.There are five colors in the line: red, blue, green, purple, black. When mixed with Rainbow, they give very noble shades.

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Realizing that with just stories about Michel Foucault you won’t go far (but I want to be cheap, I won’t hide it), I decided to turn to another topic. Something that interests everyone now. Something popular, that everyone is discussing, that they write verbose reviews, that is mentioned all over the place.We are, of course, talking about fountain pens.

When my age was still considered tender, my soul was drawn to beauty, and my hands – to everything. They also reached for fountain pens, but it is better not to give them to children. They didn’t give them to me. And the gold nib pen was also removed. But they promised that I will definitely have the same when I grow up. They promised without any specifics, somehow vague, vague. But I, gullible, began to wait.
By the time I graduated from school, I had already practiced writing with a pen.It was something Chinese. Not perfect to say the least. And it does not pretend to be a “workhorse” at all. It seems Hero. As the pen was called, that was how it was used.
The ink dried instantly. The pen had to be rinsed and refilled all the way, refilled and rinsed … But in between, she wrote well. But the inconvenience seemed temporary. I was about to have a pen with a gold nib. And this is a completely different matter – your own pen. With a golden feather.She writes perfectly, and it is necessary to refuel it less often, and in general it radiates radiance from her. But somehow it didn’t work out.
At the end of school, I received a certificate, but did not receive a pen. At the same time, by the way, Hero was taken back. When I turned eighteen, no one remembered the golden feather. And when I turned 21, too.
For a long time it was somehow not up to that, and completely different things were interested. When I received my diploma, I didn’t count on anything. And this concerned not only the cherished miracle pen.And then I decided that I would buy it myself.

And everything would be fine, but in our beautiful city, the city of Peter, Ilyich, Tchaikovsky, there is no store where you can come, find the widest assortment there, hold expensive things in your hands, decide and buy what you like. We don’t have that. Only if you go to Moscow or to Europe. That is, not everything is as bad as it seems at first glance, and after a long search you can dig out something, but now, for example, everything is definitely bad with ink. The updated “Rainbow”, which has become even worse (in the Soviet time, oh! In the Soviet time, aha! Everything was better!), Parker and Waterman.And if the quality of Waterman ink suits me, then with the choice of color – melancholy green. That is, blue and black.
Going to the nearest store selling Parker and Waterman to try to dig up something cheaper and better there, did not pull. Most pens of these brands do not have the ability to change the nib if something happens. And pop is all the same, pop. I had to read forums and reviews, then to search and order something on some Internet that millions of flies cannot be mistaken about.
Along the way, it turned out that while I was waiting and hoping, something special was happening in the world of fountain pens.And my youthful ideas about fountain pens are not only outdated, but initially they were somehow not the same. It took a long time to understand everything. And I cannot proudly say that I have already figured it out. So, in a way. But I still had enough new knowledge to choose a pen that completely suited me. This, in fact, will be discussed.

I was not looking for

Pilot Capless. This pen was found by itself. The search gave it all the time, it was one of the cheapest, and it also looked interesting.But in our stores such a pen simply does not lie, there is no one to ask about it, but somehow it was necessary to understand whether I wanted this pen or not.
It turned out that the pen is really nothing. That everyone praises her, acquires her for the collection, assigns her some places in the ratings of the best fountain pens in the world. But I did not find anything interesting, except for the technical characteristics. They write, for example, that the pen is peculiar. And I can see it that way. And the name hints. Or they write that it is bad / good in the hand.So everything is individual here. Someone says that the pen is wonderful, there is nothing better, a poet’s dream and all that jazz. And what is wonderful? Where exactly is not better? What particular poet?
Of course, the most useful thing about any product reviews are complaints. But I did not find anything serious that would interfere with my life and spoil my mood. If anyone gets in the way, it’s the clip. But the manufacturer does not remove it anywhere, which means that the clip is still needed. And the fact that we almost can’t get this pen, but in the Decaying West or in Japan – as much as you like, so you can not mention this once again, it is already noticeable.

Fountain pen caps are believed to be lost if they are not loosened. Or at first they get loose, and then they get lost. Nothing can save you from this trouble. Even threaded caps, with which there is already a lot of trouble. What if an idea suddenly came to your mind and you urgently need to write it down? What to do? Of course, it is long and painful to unscrew the cap or tear off all the threads nafig. And here, even from the idea, nothing may remain. All forces will go to the handle. In general, sheer frustration and chagrin.And the air, a scoundrel-scoundrel, crawls into all the cracks, and rushes …
Handles without a cap, it should be noted, existed even before the advent of Pilot’ovskaya. But it was all wrong and wrong. And these were not Japanese pens. In Japan, as folk wisdom says, everything is the same, only better. But how to be better than others for something that does not exist at all? No way. Everything is logical.
So Japanese engineering, setting itself a challenge that could have been left out, worked to create a capless fountain pen for six years.The first Capless appeared in 1963 and was equipped with a swivel mechanism. But the Japanese engineering thought was already unstoppable, so in 1964, for the opening of the Olympic Games, the pen was modified and turned into a fountain pen with the nodule extending when the button was pressed. Like a regular fountain pen, only cooler. Because it is a feather (the idea was borrowed a year later by the Japanese brand Platinum, but it didn’t seem to go further than Platinum Knock-18). But if the base of a fountain pen is a spring, then with a pen everything is more complicated.To prevent ink from leaking out and drying, a special valve was invented. Small and with a spring that blocks the air from entering the case. When you press the button, the valve moves back, and the pen “slides” forward. The manufacturer also claims that the design is so steep that the dust will not pass; but he didn’t see our dust, so this loud statement doesn’t work for me.

The design of the handle has changed several times. The clip became longer, steel and aluminum replaced what was cheaper (plastic), what was more expensive.The rotary mechanism was then returned, then changed back to a button. From time to time, a “limited edition” appeared from something more valuable and prettier in a box. The modern version was approved in 2000. Prior to this, a version was released, surprisingly similar to the current one, called Vanishing Point. Actually, this was it, and the Pilot-Namiki site just confused everyone. Then the pen was finally renamed as part of the rebranding, and now it is Capless. No additional markings.Although in the USA they wanted to spit on these subtleties, and as they called them before, they still call them. There, this business continued to be a separate trademark. Capless in Europe, but Vanishing Point in the US. Something similar can be found in the magical world of washing powders: Persil and Perwoll, for example.
The delight of the masses could not be appeased, so two more varieties of capless pens were invented. In November 2005, the Décimo model appeared on sale, thinner and sleeker, therefore, for girls. And in September 2006 – Fermo, with a swivel mechanism, due to which the handle turned out to be a little heavier, and at the same time more solid; that is, an option for business men came out.The Pilot nibs are the same for all three models. In the USA, Décimo and Fermo belong to the Vanishing Point family. As part of the fight against cognitive dissonance, a ball version of Vanishing Point was also created for American citizens. But this is not at all what I think.
My version of Capless came out in 2000. In October. The series is called Carbonesque.

Around Capless know, collect and love to write reviews about it. Clueless, but with pictures or links to sensible ones.In France, where the Pilot brand generally has its own factory (one of eight, the rest are in Japan; although there is still a legend telling about a division in China, where 78G pens are produced, which have not been sold in their historical homeland for some years there ), there is a whole separate online store for Capless. They even give a guarantee: three whole years. Choice of case color and finishes (matt black, rhodium-plated silver, gold), nib (F, M or L; matt black (M only), white or yellow gold; there are also EF nibs, and even FM , but in all other places) and cartridges.You can engrave your name on the clip. There are proposals for corporate clients. If Capless is purchased as a gift to someone, it is strongly recommended to take the M. pen. And it is also stated that the Capless is a pen for every day, with which you do not need to clatter, but which you need to use. And this is a very correct idea. And to clink, so for this Pilot produces other models. It is also suggested to buy Capless’s of different colors: for shoes, handbags or suits, for the season and for the mood; but this, in my opinion, is already overkill.

Pilot’s pens and pencils have always suited me. They look nice, durable, no complaints about ink or leads, they fit perfectly into my little hand. Who knows how things will go on, but so far nothing has even broken down. Only the pencil erasers are worn out, but they can be replaced. Moreover: Pilot is the only brand from whose writing instruments my hand did not hurt or get tired. Even from thick multifunctional pens, whose diameter, by the way, coincided with Capless’s.And these pens were ballpoint. And it’s easier to write with a pen, because it doesn’t require pressure. And I wanted to think that the Pilot fountain pen will be no exception, that it will also fit well in the hand.
After all, if a fountain pen lies in the hand at random, then why is it needed at all? Only if for the very collection for which Capless is just taken. Or for the interior. But I write a lot, I have different requirements. And the golden pen interested me mainly from the point of view of the quality of writing (and in this matter I now perfectly understand myself).And for some reason, it seemed that a good writing tool should not and should not be expensive. In general, experience and the fifth point told me that the Pilot Capless would suit me.

I tried to buy Capless for a short time, but the process turned out to be tedious. It seems that the pen is not even in one, but in several online stores. But no, it only seems to be. You place an order, and a week later a message comes that there is no such product for a long time, but how to remove a position from the site, only the admin knows, and where the admin wears it, no one knows.In general, the pen turned out to be in a place where I no longer expected to meet it: on the Getpen.ru website (which since then I have become very fond of, I don’t even know why). I have already managed to visit there, because the search at one time gave me them too. But since on the page with the pen I needed was the joyous “Sold out!” (as in all other stores), I had no idea that the pen might be on sale again. Everywhere ended, which means that there is nothing more to wait. And I went there not for Capless, but for Lamy.Like, also an option (in fact, not-a). But to double-check, I double-checked. And Capless was in stock. And with the F pen, as I wanted. In general, I am glad that I was brought there again. It suddenly became clear that we still have people who want and can bring normal pens. And not a single parker, so to speak. And Capless appears there again from time to time, and somebody buys it. And he does the right thing.
They sent me an OEM version: just a box, a pen, a converter and a protective cap for the cartridge.But I feel good as it is. You can live without a certificate and instructions. By the way, converters to the handle came in exactly the same configuration, by the way: no extra boxes and other nonsense.
Now I order ink from the same place. Here they come in boxes, yes.

The Capless fits perfectly in the hand. In my hand. Then I got it right. Not everyone is so “plump” and the shape of the handle is suitable, but I was lucky. That the pen is not ordinary, but a fountain pen, others do not notice. I write better and faster now. The pen glides smoothly as if it weren’t touching paper.Somehow, everything is written by itself. Feathers are an individual thing: what is good for one is #lifepain for another. But I have nothing to complain about. The hand does not get tired. Sheer delight. You can write from almost any angle. If you do not use it for a long time, then nothing dries up anywhere. And nothing flows anywhere, which is the most important thing. The handle device is not afraid of airplanes and cold weather.

In Czech PenShop I bought myself one more nib. Also F. There should be a lot of good things. It was sold complete with a CON-50 converter, as it should be.It was cheaper than expected: only a third of the price of the pen itself. In the UK, for example, they ask for half.
A good place, by the way, this Czech Penshop. It’s warm, dark and quiet there. And the handles are given to hold and touch. And there are a lot of these pens. I wouldn’t have stayed there (after all, the premises for a store are equipped, and this creates certain inconveniences and does not create the desired comfort), but spending more time there and leaving more money is a draw. Getpen, whose assortment also pleases me, is probably no less comfortable, but I still visit Moscow less often than Prague.We can say that I don’t. Therefore, the Internet and delivery are our everything.

Small feather. Rather, a feather. Very cute. Made of white gold, 750 assay value, as much as 18 carats, with some kind of additives and rhodium-plated. There are descriptions where samples and carats are indicated differently, and this used to be confusing to me. But now I have as many as two real feathers (not even in the picture, but alive), and I know the truth: “18K 750”. So it is written. And the 14-carat version is for the old Capless models.
Rhodium-plated stainless steel grip. Copper body. Rings and button – copper again, rhodium-plated again. Everything there seems to be covered with this rhodium. Do’s and Don’ts.
The button is tight, the handle clicks loudly. The lack of a cap pleases. The clip does not interfere. Quite the opposite: it serves as a great support for the index finger. I also figured out what I mean by “stable ink supply.” Yes, stable. Uniform. And even if you do not use the pen for a long time, there are no problems with this very feed.Drawing and making all sorts of tricks with Capless will not work. There are other models for drawing and calligraphy, but this pen is not suitable for such purposes. “Many letters” are her element. Even if the volume of the converter suggests otherwise. But must this pen have at least some flaws?

I prefer not to experiment with ink. It’s like with printer cartridges: branded ones will still be better, and the device will last longer. But this only applies to the Pilot brand, and for experimentation I have a Kaweco Special.Initially it came with the F nib, but then I replaced it with EF: it gives the same line thickness as Pilot’s F; but being thinner with the same markings is generally a trademark of Japanese feathers. Nice handle, by the way. The nib is steel, but the sharpening is excellent. Writes softly. The only negative for me: the cap has to be unscrewed for a long time. But if it is not screwed on from above, as the manufacturer intended, it turns out to be an excellent option for those who have not had a hand with fingers in size. But Capless is still more convenient and versatile.On the farm, Kaweco is used for large amounts of text, when it is necessary to write continuously and for a long time, at home, sitting at a table or something similar.
And if Kaweco cartridges fit the International standard, then with Capless it will not work. Only native Pilot / Namiki cartridges (IC-50 – 6 pieces per pack, IC-100 – 12 pieces per pack) or converter (CON-20 – pipette, CON-50 – piston) plus ink. The shape of the Parallel Pen cartridges also tempts me, but the composition of the ink there is a little different, and the manufacturer does not recommend using them in ordinary fountain pens.And at my own peril and risk, I’d rather do something else. Therefore, it only seduces. Although ink cartridges of all colors of the rainbow would please me. And for the sake of some orange one would not have to take a whole bottle.
Cartridges and converters are compatible, if anything, with another popular pen (we are talking about no less popular now, but this is also suitable for them; if you dive into the jungle of compatibility): Pilot 78G. Which has already been mentioned. Great stuff, by the way. As soon as I figure out why I need it, I will definitely buy it.

Note to the hostess. If you’re looking to save some money on a new Hermès Nautilus nib or cartridges, go for Pilot Capless nibs and cartridges: they’re the same thing. Even without the coveted “H” in a not very prominent place. Here, of course, like with a boat: if you are worried about the cost of maintenance, you do not need it. That is, to hell with the desire to save money (otherwise they won’t even give you an orange box). But I was so happy when I found out that it was one and the same thing, I was so happy … Although the case of the capless Nautilus is more abruptly.

Pilot cartridges were a bit disappointing. Although there is more ink in them than will fit in the converter. And somewhere on the road or at a lecture with them is less fiddling than with an inkwell. The choice of colors, again, is not bad: everything is basic and popular (sepia, red, and blue-black). That is, everything is more or less, but there is no delight. Firstly, because of the protective cap, which is recommended (and should) be put on over the cartridge, the weight of the handle increases, and you have to get used to it.Capless, of course, is light (only thirty and a half grams), but the weight “creeps” up from the base of the handle, and the balance is not at all the same. Secondly, my favorite ink is blue, and in cartridges they are somehow very liquid. And the line turns out to be thicker, and the flow rate increases. But the contents of black cartridges, for example, are no different from what is poured into a regular bottle.

The usual blue Pilot ink, by the way, has a special magic: it “flows” all the others. If the handle is unscrewed in the “closed” state, then everything is dry, everything is fine.And as soon as you press the button, as soon as the pen comes out – that’s it, there is a drop of ink on the feeder. And it is better to blot this drop (in Ushakov we trust). Solid magic and vacuum. The ink is “sucked out” when the valve is opened. This happens with the rest of the ink (after all, the design feature of the pen seems to hint), but blue is still out of competition. By the way, the manufacturer claims that this is normal. And this is even a plus if the pen has been idle for a long time. But sometimes this plus bothers me.
Again, this only happens with blue ink.Pilot black ink is much drier. The same can be said for the Pilot Iroshizuku. There’s a lot more to say about this ink though. They, contagions, are expensive, but their colors (and choice) are such that it is a continuous holiday-celebration. And there are no complaints about the quality (this applies to all Pilot ink; ordinary blue, for all their shortcomings, is still cooler than the same ink of any other brand; although I haven’t tried this Platinum yet, but they say it doesn’t taste very good). And the color is rich. And the packaging is beautiful, it’s not a shame even to give it to someone.The strings on the bottles, of course, are useless, but very cute. The color of the label does not always exactly match the color of the ink (for Tsuyu-Kusa, it’s not at all), but these are little things.
And Iroshizuku’s names are funny. From the point of view of the Japanese language, everything is poetic. From the point of view of the Russian ear, checkmate.
Like regular Pilot ink, it smells like filmstrips. Although for some people this smell resembles gouache. The branded bottle looks solid, the weight is impressive. I do not advise you to drop it on your leg: it will most likely hurt.And if the cap is not screwed on, then it is also a shame. Iroshizuku dries quickly. Only Moleskine paper cannot be friends. That is, they can, but you have to wait a little longer than usual for the ink to dry (however, the less ink remains in the converter, the better the result; after all, something evaporates there; probably water). Glossy paper, of course, is also not our option. They are badly washed. If water gets on the page with important information, the text can be read. Waterman and Lamy, for example, cannot boast of such resilience.But with Kaweco ink, I have not yet got into the shower. I can’t say anything about endurance.

I don’t know how Iroshizuku will behave with some other brand of pen. And I have no idea if Capless will write as well with some other ink, and not just with “native”. So far, I am satisfied with the option that I have chosen.
I don’t feel like writing with ordinary pens. Previously, it seemed that the fountain pen is something “capricious”, only for special reasons and for secret pride.Nothing like this. And multi-colored ink is fun. And sometimes it’s even beautiful. Yes, the pen needs care, respect and a comfortable case (Visconti, for example). But this “warm tube sound” cannot be replaced by anything. Pilot Capless is a very good handle. Convenient. Lightweight. Hassle-free.
But frankly, no reviews will help you make a choice, if you can’t hold it in your hands, try to write something to it. And in exactly the same way: no review will stop or prevent you from buying this pen if you have already liked it, even if only in the picture or according to the description.

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90,000 Inexpensive EF Pilot Penmanship Fountain Pen.For calligraphy with pleasure.

Satisfying the desire to write with a thinner and thinner nib, I have once again acquired an outstanding and inexpensive pen with an excellent, thin and pleasant nib – Pilot Penmanship.

I will immediately answer those who wish to tell “around the corner in a kiosk with ballpoint pens for a ruble a bunch” – everyone has their own toys and their own understanding of the convenient, necessary and useful.

The name of this Penmanship fountain pen translates to Calligraphy or Calligraphy. And in fact, the convenience of writing with a thin, very thin line leads to the desire to write beautifully and well.

The seller sent the pen quickly, in the morning after payment, it got to me in two weeks. At my request, the seller replaced the pack of black cattrips with a pack of blue ones.

Penmanship is available in two versions – transparent and black. Very good and tactilely pleasant plastic in both versions. A small cap on the thread, on it there are small “ears” – to prevent the handle from rolling off the table. In the black handle, the ears are dark red – it looks somewhat strange, but this is already a matter of taste.

Closed handle and with the cap removed, looks solid and stylish. The cap can be put on the back end of the handle, but it will look awkward. However, we are going to do calligraphy, and not admire.

Handle with cap

On the grip – the section of the handle that is covered by the fingers with three indentations – for the thumb, index and middle fingers. The notches are just right, long, allow you to hold the pen in any way – close to the pen, far away – equally comfortable, for any grip.

In hand when writing

With all my negative experience with the so-called. The “ergonomic” Pilot Penmanship is surprisingly comfortable in the hand and writing with it is a pleasure.
The pen is sold in a plastic bag with one ink cartridge included – blue for the transparent version and black for the black version.

Scope of delivery

On the envelope there are schematic instructions on how to insert the cartridge and, probably, some other descriptions or warnings in Japanese.

Refueling – either Pilot catridge or its own converter. Both are easy and inexpensive to find almost everywhere.

The Pilot Penmanship is available in only one pen size – steel size EF (very thin). On the surface of the pen there is an inscription without frills – “PILOT Super Quality Japan”.

Feather close-up

Below in the photo in comparison the feathers of the “classmates” (from left to right):
* Pilot 78G F
* Platinum Preppy EF
* Pilot Penmanship EF

And the pens themselves, for comparison:

The pen writes very thinly, really thinly, I have never met thinner nibs.Although, obviously, my experience is far from exhaustive. And at the same time, the pen has a small so-called effect. Flex – flexible pen. More precisely, a bit of a flexible pen – when pressed, the line expands slightly.

As with any fountain pen, I don’t need to press down on it while writing. From the word at all. Light touch and the pen leaves a mark. But if you want to write beautifully, with different line widths in letters and the pen allows this, then you have to press the pen at the right time. The

Pilon Penmanship is also great for left-handers, which has been noted more than once in reviews.My daughter is also interested in ink pen calligraphy and is left-handed. I gave her pens with special nibs for left-handers to try, but in the end she chose the Pilot Penmanship with an EF nib, she still writes with pleasure.

When writing, the pen slightly rustles on the paper, does not pick up the fibers, but such a pleasant sound along with a clear feeling of the surface of the paper, its structure. It is difficult to describe in words, it is the feeling of writing – feedback, which does not irritate in any way, but quite the opposite, gives pleasure.In its purest form, hand made – you create with your hands.

Penmanship EF nib is fully interchangeable with nibs for Pilot 78G. Therefore, if you want a more classic body, then the feathers can be rearranged, this is done easily. I myself have not changed nibs between the Pilot 78G and the Penmanship, but replaced the standard F nib 78G with an EF nib from the Chinese Wings, instead of the one that was damaged after the unsuccessful drop of the pen from the table. By the way, the EF Wings nib turned out to be not as thin as the EF Penmanship, but somehow more interesting, softer, more pleasant to write than the “native” F Pilot 78G.But this topic is a different story.

I also read in the reviews that the Pilot Penmanship is great for drawing. Long and thin body, nib with excellent feedback, thin line.

As a result – an excellent pen, inexpensive and of high quality for thin writing. I highly recommend giving it a try.

Fountain pen PILOT SVP-4M

disposable, blue ink


Fountain pen PILOT V-Pen is a great option for beginners.The nib is made of stainless steel.
The body is plastic.
It is possible to control the remaining ink.
The pen is disposable, but with a huge supply of ink

Rubber holder: no
Line width: 0 mm
Packing: no
Disposable: no
Sale: no
Gold Plated Parts: no
Price segment: economy
Items: fountain pen
Body metal tip: no
Antibacterial coating: no
Brand: Pilot
VAT rate: 20.

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