Thank you very much for the kind help
Indeed, I am quite lucky that is wasn't one the pricier ones, and thanks for the advice on capping. Another lesson I learned is is that if you don't have at least a table to write on, (only your lap) then it is wise to be extra cautious.
First off, I will try to repair the nib myself, I read a few topics about it, so I have no illusions about the chances of success. But at the worst I have a useless pen, where I am now anyway. I think of it as an adventure.
Any advice on how could I disassemble the Metropolitan? Or at least get the nib out safely?
I feel your pain, but don't feel so down, it's not that hard to fix!
It's easier to re-align the nib when it's in the pen. When I dropped my MR, I was able to bend the nib up to reasonably straight and realign the tip (well, mostly realign, it's not back to the way it was but it writes) keeping it in the pen and using my fingers to gently bend the tines up. Go slow and stop if anything seems off. You'll need a loupe to align the tines fully, and probably some gentle Mylar paper (micromesh maybe, but it can be too much) to smooth things after you get it as close as it can go.
If there's no help for it and a replacement is needed, getting the nib out of the MR is easy. Grab the nib and feed with the thumb underneath the feed and the first knuckle of your first finger on top of the nib, kind of using the sides of the fingers and not the tips. Pull and gently twist, so you wind up pulling the nib and feed out in a gentle spiral (aren't friction-fits grand?). It should slide out with firm pressure (use a silicone gripper pad to help with grip, but I've also done with with bare fingers). If it feels immovable, or resists pulling with medium pressure, clean the nib and feed thoroughly and try again, I've had dried ink mess this procedure up. To get the nib and feed back in the pen, just push it in the same way again until you feel a click.
Replacement nib options are:
Penmanship, $7, EF
78G, $10-15, F/M/B(italic)
Plumix, $10, italic
There's several more expensive pens that are compatible (Cocoon, Knight, Prera), but those probably aren't worth buying unless you run into one used or something so it's cheap. I did a replacement with a Penmanship EF nib with one of my MRs and it's turned into my favorite pen. The Pilot Fs and EFs are much smaller than the US/EU Fs and EFs, about .3mm or thinner lines.
Edited by WirsPlm, 17 January 2014 - 15:00.