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Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball Gel Pen Review

Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball Gel Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

The original Pilot Metropolitan took the stationery world by storm when it was first introduced a few years ago. A well-made fountain pen with a solid nib and classy metal body for less than twenty bucks? Yes, please! The Metropolitan quickly entrenched itself as a classic, default fountain pen for new and veteran fountain pen enthusiasts alike. It's a modern classic and also happens to make a great gift for fountain pen curious friends.

But, we all know that fountain pens are just one avenue of pen geekery, and sometimes you just want to use a good ol' reliable gel pen for a while. Maybe you're stuck using paper that doesn't play well with fountain pen inks, or maybe you just love using gel refills and are looking for a more classy body to use over the default clear plastic bodies. Well, the Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball might fit the bill.

Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball Gel Pen

The Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball is identical to the fountain pen version except for the grip section. In this case, the grip section is unique and fits a Pilot G2 style refill instead of a fountain pen nib and cartridge. If you want, you can swap the G2 section into a favorite fountain pen body to mix and match colors as you see fit. It's great that the only difference between these pens is the configuration of the grip section. I'm sure this cuts down on manufacturing costs, but it's also a nice perk for the customer.

Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball Gel Pen Refill

Now, let's focus on the most interesting part of this pen: the refill system. It ships with a standard black 0.7mm G2 refill, but that means you can swap it out for any number of refills that match the G2 size — including the Pilot Juice refills. That's right, Pilot's best refill system will work in this pen, making it a classy combination that fits in at the conference table at work, your pocket while out running errands, or laying on your desk.

Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball Gel and Fountain

I'm a huge fan of the Pilot Juice line, but you are extremely limited by the default line when it comes to exterior design and color options. The Juice is standard across the board — clear body with a color-coordinated soft grip, nock, and clip to match the refill color you purchased. While it's a great pen, it's not classy. The Juice is well-made and plenty durable, but it does look like a bulk-purchase gel pen (same goes for the Pilot G2). If you want to class up your G2 or Juice, the Metropolitan Rollerball body is the perfect way to do this. You have plenty of options as far as the color and middle section design (the design featured here is *Black Crocodile Body) to match your aesthetic, and it will only set you back about $19. To me, this is a great value for a classy pen that's made of metal, interchangeable with the other Metropolitan fountain pen bodies I have, and accepts my favorite gel pen refills.

The Pilot Metropolitan is a timeless design that performs great. It makes a great gift, a great introduction into finer pens, and will last a lifetime if cared for properly. If you haven't tried one out yet, do yourself a favor and order one as soon as possible!

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball Gel Pen Comparison
Posted on August 7, 2019 and filed under Pilot, Metropolitan, Pen Reviews.

Big Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen Giveaway

Image via Goulet Pens

Image via Goulet Pens

The Pilot Metropolitan is the best fountain pen for beginners, and it's pretty awesome for experienced fountain pen users as well. I have SIX of the latest release, the Retro Pop Series, to giveaway courtesy of the fine folks at Goulet Pens.

To win one of these pens, follow the instructions below, but add one thing in your comment: Tell me what color is your favorite Retro Pop. You can see all the colors available here. I can't guarantee you will get the color you selected, but if I have a match available I will certainly send it your way. Otherwise, enjoy the surprise when you open it!

The rest of the details:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Friday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is open to US and International readers.

  2. For this contest, I will pick six winners at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at will be used to pick the number of the winner.

  3. The contest winners will be posted on Saturday, January 30th. The winners will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

Thanks and good luck!

Posted on January 26, 2016 and filed under Giveaways, Pilot, Metropolitan, Fountain Pens.

The Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop: A Review

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

When I first saw the Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop pens advertised, I was excited about them. I loved the vivid colors, and I had heard good things about the Metropolitan pens before. So, as soon as I could, I ordered a turquoise Retro Pop from Goulet Pens for $15.00.

I've been using it non-stop since it arrived because, as a university professor, I have a mountain of grading this time of the semester. I figured the Retro Pop would make a great grading pen, and I was right.

The Retro Pop is a metal fountain pen, but it's not at all heavy (26 grams/0.92 oz). It comes nicely packaged in an oval clamshell box with a clear top, so you can see the colorful pen.

The metal is shiny and sparkles in the sunlight. Each pen has a different retro design on one portion of the barrel.

The only other embellishment is the clip which has a few decorative elements on the sides, but is otherwise plain. The cap is a snap on.

The grip is black plastic which is always easier for me to hold than metal since my hands get sweaty, especially while grading research papers.

The pen comes with a squeeze converter and one cartridge, but if you prefer twist converters, you can purchase one for $5.50 more, which I did. Squeeze converters are messy and I don't like the limitations of cartridges. The Con-50 holds a teeny amount of ink, though. I blew through several fills as I graded. But, it's not like the pen is difficult to refill.

The fine steel nib on my Retro Pop is smooth but hard (no bounce or flex). As with most Japanese pens, the fine writes more like an extra fine. I like this size for grading because I tend to write lots of notes all over my students' papers (which I'm sure they love). The nib has been a champ–no hard starts; no skipping. I'm very impressed since this pen is so inexpensive.

The Retro Pop is a relatively small pen. It is 5.43 inches capped; 5 inches uncapped; and 6.02 inches posted. The grip (0.33 inches) is pretty narrow, and my hand gets fatigued after long grading sessions.

The Retro Pop comes in six colors: grey, orange, purple, turquoise, red, and green. At $15.00 (plus $5.50 if you want the twist converter) from Goulet Pens, this is the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift for anyone interested in fountain pens. Add one of the mini bottles of Diamine or Iroshizuku ink and a Rhodia pad and you've got a terrific starter kit for someone special. If you want all the colors, you can purchase a set for $84.90.


  • A smooth-writing, steel nib fountain pen at a terrific price.
  • Lots of bright colors from which to choose.
  • Several filling options (cartridge, squeeze converter, twist converter).
  • Comes in a nice clamshell box that is perfect for gift-giving.
  • Lightweight and suitable size for most people.


  • Neither the squeeze converter nor the twist converter hold much ink. Plan on re-inking often.
  • The pen is light and thin. People with larger hands may find this pen too small for comfort.
Posted on November 27, 2015 and filed under Fountain Pens, Metropolitan, Pen Reviews, Pilot.