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#21 pen2paper

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 02:58

Surprise.. !

 

Was sure this find would be Pilot Varsity.

 

To which I was planning to offer a grumble... The Varsity cap no longer posts. Very annoying, since it once had this feature. I forget, then have to scout for where it's skittered across the floor.

 

Instead, I need to inquire if anyone has used the MR? Are there nib choices? Does the cap post?

...As if I need a new pen.  Old habits...



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:35

Surprise.. !
 
Was sure this find would be Pilot Varsity.
 
To which I was planning to offer a grumble... The Varsity cap no longer posts. Very annoying, since it once had this feature. I forget, then have to scout for where it's skittered across the floor.
 
Instead, I need to inquire if anyone has used the MR? Are there nib choices? Does the cap post?
...As if I need a new pen.  Old habits...


My Varsity caps post, was this change super recent (like in the past few months)? Also the MR is just another name for the Metropolitan (MR is Asian or EU just like Cocoon is for Japan, it comes with an F or M nib and the EU MRs use international converters but the Asian one uses the same old Pilot converter).

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 01:40

Yes, recent Varsity. In the past caps stayed on fairly well.

Perhaps this was a single issue, bad cap. Hope so.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 22:15

So, I didn't see cartridges or bottles of ink at the CVS, but I took this photo in the Staples .2 miles away.

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So Staples is at least selling standard international cartridges.  They don't fit the MR, of course, but it's a start.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 22:37

I checked another local CVS on Saturday and struck out there too. I'm heading to Indianapolis this weekend and if I have time I'll check there as well.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 00:27

Staples here has a couple of fountain pens and standard International cartridges.  No bottled ink.

 

So Staples is at least selling standard international cartridges.  They don't fit the MR, of course, but it's a start.

 

I thought the point of the MR was that it did use standard International cartridges?  Or are you just abbreviating Metropolitan?


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 00:49

Staples here has a couple of fountain pens and standard International cartridges.  No bottled ink.
 
 
I thought the point of the MR was that it did use standard International cartridges?  Or are you just abbreviating Metropolitan?


There is also a Pilot MR that doesn't use international cartridges (the Asian version, it also sometimes comes in F nibs instead of M), Pilot's distribution for the Metro/MR/Cocoon is just unnecessarily complicated.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 01:44

I stopped at a largish CVS on the way in to work today.  Quite a few Pilot pens, but no fountain pens.  I'd expect to see the Varsity before the Metro, but none at all.

Ditto.  I will check the one by me, but I'm not holding my breath, since I'm in a small town.  There may be ones available in stores inside Pittsburgh itself.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 05:10

You saw an MR in an American Store? 



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 05:10

PS: You sure that's a fountain pen? The one right next to it is a ball pen. (Though SKU code says FTFN, and the partially visible yellow text could be fountain). 


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 21:19

You saw an MR in an American Store? 

 

Yes, this is in the USA.

PS: You sure that's a fountain pen? The one right next to it is a ball pen. (Though SKU code says FTFN, and the partially visible yellow text could be fountain). 

Yes, this is a fountain pen, I had pulled it off the shelf to check after taking the photo.

 

Update:

I was in the store again on Friday to get some milk, and grabbed this photo.

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I don't think they were there when I took the first photo, but now they have cartridges as well as the pen.  This seems encouraging to me.



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 22:34

 

Yes, this is in the USA.

Yes, this is a fountain pen, I had pulled it off the shelf to check after taking the photo.

 

Update:

I was in the store again on Friday to get some milk, and grabbed this photo.

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I don't think they were there when I took the first photo, but now they have cartridges as well as the pen.  This seems encouraging to me.

 

 

Is there like a huge FP club in that area I'm unaware of? 

 

:P You could probably resell those MRs for a $10 profit, seeing as it costs almost $30 total (not counting shipping) jut to get the MRs internationally. 

 

But yea, for once a drug store has something that Staples didn't bother to carry. 







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