Just joined the forums. Still very new to nice pens and writing with them. I'm really enjoying it, struggling to find things worthy of being written.
I started with a set of Pilot Metropolitans a few years ago, I think it was an impulse buy mostly, upon seeing them on amazon.
I bought a medium nib black metro and a medium nib silver metro. (not sure why i bought the same nib)
A bottle of parker quink to fill them and I was all set. I must have only used them a few times as I never realized even how to properly use them (writing angles, storage, refilling).
They were sitting in my a drawer for the past few years and i just recently pulled them out to give them a go. Still working perfectly.
You'll laugh, but until a few weeks ago i didn't understand how the converter works. The included con-20 is the one I have been using.
I hadn't realized you dipped the nib and squeezed the converter. I had been removing the converter, filling it outside of the pen by dipping and squeezing it.
Obviously this made a huge mess when the converter was installed back onto the body. It took a few weeks of regular use for me to figure it out!
About a month ago i looked for a broad nib i could purchase and found the 78g. I'm a fan of the weight of the metro but having no broad nib available for it and also having two identical nib's i purchased the 78g solely to swap the broad nib onto the metro. It's worked out well and i thoroughly enjoy the embellished style brought on by the broad nib.
Just forayed into the pilot con-40 and it has only been installed for a few hours, but it seems to work well, the rattling of the agitators aren't a concern to me.
Happened upon the pilot vanishing point series and now have my first $150 pen on its way in an extra fine nib.
Very excited to use it in the coming years. I'll be going to college and I plan on it being used in daily classroom writing.
The various inks available are tempting but as I still have a half jar of black parker ink and an almost full jar of the red parker, it just wouldn't be practical (but then again, when talking about fountain pens, is any of this really about practicality?). The Pilot Iroshuzuku series of inks are so beautiful, but a full bottle isn't what I need right now, so I settled with a sampler of a few of the colors.
Really excited to continue using these pens and collect more in the future.
Didn't mean this introduction to turn into a memoire, but it saved me the effort of telling this story over and over slowly as i talk to others here.
Not really even sure why I joined the forums, haven't been a part of a forum before so it shall be interesting.
I look forward to talking with you all!
Edited by Danielhh47, 20 March 2018 - 16:59.