Yes! That's what I meant
I begrudge the cost of the Prera too, in Europe it's been axed completely, but the price was also totally ridiculous and is in the US I think in the same riduclous price bracket (ca. €50).
The Prera and the Metro should have been priced the same and I think the Explorer might fill that bracket so to speak, I never bought the Metro because I'm not the greatest fan of metal pens and many people complain about the step which would bother me too for sure, a lighter resin alternative might just about include a whole new demographic that likes a well-made cheap pen that's professional looking (the Kakuno is a bit childish, the Metro doesn't fit many and then there's the Prera which was/ is too expensive to buy from Western retailers), on top of the the Explorer has a tried and tested nib & feed, so it boils down to choosing the right housing for your needs (Kakuno vs Metro vs Explorer vs Prera).
The lower price bracket is imo often overlooked for anniversaries, I forgot which Japanese retailer exactly, but they commissioned Sailor to make pens for them for their anniversary and had the same design on the Lecoule, Pro Gear Slim and Pro Gear, across 3 price points.
But then Pilot for example and I'm sure others even make special cheap ballpoint editions (e.g. the Acroball), which is great! Though b&m sometimes don't carry these nice looking SEs/ LEs...
I agree. The lower end fountain pens from Pilot are disappointing.
The Kakuno looks like, and feels, like a child's toy, but the section is at least comfortable for adult hands, unlike the Metro, which has that narrow section leading to a large shelf that restricts comfort unless you have small hands. The Metro is certainly not a must-have for many as many say.
The Prera's not bad, but only if you get it at the lower price on Amazon or ebay, but it's a pocket pen. It's dinky unless you post it unless you have small hands. It's never really my recommendation unless you're looking for a pocket pen.
So I do like that they have this Explorer available because I have a Pilot Metro with a Medium nib I love, which could use a better home. The Explorer looks like an affordable EDC pen that may be comfortable for larger hands like mine (medium-large male hands), but I hope it doesn't feel too cheap cuz I couldn't believe Pilot came out with that con40, which was utterly terrible and cheap, and I had to throw that away.