I should've clarified, my 78G is a Med nib as well, so I'm sure as far as performance goes, the metro will be fine. My worry is the clicking cap and flimsy-looking clip. I generally put the 78G in my jeans pocket, as I got too many looks when I stuck it to my T-shirt collar, and I've been fine because the cap screws on. But, with my safari at least, I often reach for my pen to find that I've only pulled out the cap, and the pen has been sitting in my pocket for some time. I've yet to have a major disaster that way, but I'm still paranoid about it. Would you say that the Metropolitan has a strong cap (and if you own a safari, compare the two), or a weak cap?
Thanks for the advice. I'm glad the nib has some springiness to it. I've used flex pens before, and I really enjoy using them, but so far I've yet to own one of my own.
That's what I'm thinking, glad you clarified it for me. If it's as fine as say a Hi-Tec-C or Signo DX, I'm gonna be stuck.
Thanks for replying. I'm glad you clarified just how tiny the nib is. I think that will probably be too small for me...My 78G is a medium, so it'll be a similar experience. I'm not a fan of feedback, which is the primary reason my Lamy is currently sitting empty in my pen cup. (Maybe I should order an M nib for it).
Yeah, if you don't like feedback, than you won't like any Pilot nib smaller than M. The Metropolitan in M is a very, very smooth pen (one of my smoothest), so no worries there, but Pilot's F and XF nibs are much smaller than US/EU F and XF and there's not many ways to eliminate feedback at that size.
Larger nibs are generally smoother, so ordering an bigger Lamy nib for your Safari might work, or you can practice nib smoothing with some micromesh and mylar paper. Lamy Fs are about the size of Pilot Ms, so that might be the right size, but the thing about Lamy nibs is that they don't do the same QC that Pilot does so sometimes their nibs just aren't smooth.
About the Metropolitan cap, I've never had it come off inside my bag (I usually don't carry pens in my pockets), but I have had the cap come off when I dropped the pen on a hard floor. So I'd say it's reasonably strong but YMMV, I don't use it the way you would. A pen sleeve or case might help, there's reasonably nice leatherish pen sleeves available on eBay for about $15, the Market Watch subforum has links. The Metro clip is studier than the 78G clip, the metal is less flexible and it's better secured to the cap at the top. The big problem I can see is that the Metro is much heaver than the 78G, and it will pull your pants down.
Edited by WirsPlm, 06 January 2014 - 17:41.