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Pilot (in 2023 at least) actively prevents its Authorised Dealers from selling this pen to people who are in the UK 🤬

In continental Europe, similar-looking pens are sold by Pilot under the name “Pilot MR Retro Pop - Metallic Violet - Ellipse Ring’.

Those pens are chambered to take European ‘Short International Cartridges’.


This pen is chambered to take Pilot’s proprietary cartridges.

As such, I believe that it would have been sold in the American & Australasian markets as a ‘Pilot Metropolitan’ (perhaps still as a “Retro Pop” etc).


I believe that it would have been sold in Japan as a ‘Pilot Cocoon’.


This pen came to me here in England from Australia, so I am calling it a Metropolitan.


My chief interest in acquiring it was the fact that it is fitted with one of Pilot’s ‘CM’ (Cursive Medium’?) nibs.

Although Pilot sells pens that have these nibs to the American and Australasian markets, the company, in its ‘ineffable wisdom’, once again actively prevents the sale of pens with these nibs to people in the UK 🤬🤬


This pen was - very generously - gifted to me by another FPN member 😊

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  • Taken with Apple iPad Pro
  • Focal Length 3.3 mm
  • Exposure Time 1/815
  • f Aperture f/2.4
  • ISO Speed 25

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