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Anyone know where, or even if it's possible, to get replacement nibs ONLY for the Pilot Met? I have a set of Mets with medium nib and I'd sure like to switch out a few of the nibs with fine nibs -- without having to buy new pens, if possible.

Thanks much.

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I had a similar question a while back and for the most part, the answer is no... BUT... there are cheaper Pilots out there like the Penmanship that come with an EF that you can swap in. Someone has done a very nice writeup on what you can fit in there >

 

http://www.createwritedrink.com/2012/12/swapping-nibs-between-pilot-pens.html

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Thanks for the info and the link.

 

I had a similar question a while back and for the most part, the answer is no... BUT... there are cheaper Pilots out there like the Penmanship that come with an EF that you can swap in. Someone has done a very nice writeup on what you can fit in there >

 

http://www.createwritedrink.com/2012/12/swapping-nibs-between-pilot-pens.html

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Hi connierose,

 

AFAIK Pilot does not sell any replacement nibs for any of their low-end pens. But...

 

I have heard the nibs from the inexpensive Pilot Plumix and (perhaps) the Pilot Varsity pens fit in the Metropolitan. But I haven't tried it myself. Send Goulet Pens an Email asking about this, I'm sure they will give you a straight answer as they sell all three of these Pilot pens. The Plumix sells from around $6 (Amazon) to $9 (Goulet Pens). You should be able to buy a Plumix over-the-counter locally, Staples perhaps?

 

The nibs from the Pilot 78G pens will fit perfectly in the Pilot Metropolitan; this I have tried. I have a gold-tone Metropolitan with a transplanted 78G B (1mm stub) nib. The nice thing in my case is the gold-tone nib from the 78G matches the gold Metropolitan nicely :) Unfortunately the Pilot 78G is getting harder to find. Search Ebay and Amazon, you might still find them. Some sellers are asking $25 (or more) for a 78G pen - don't pay it - that's an outrageous rip-off. You should be paying around $10-$12 (or less) for a 78G in my opinion (mine cost around $7.25 a few years ago). Hisnibs.com sells the 78G for $25 each (ouch!) isellpens.com used to sell them discounted for $10 each, but they're out of stock.

 

Nice cat.

 

Enjoy, David

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The nibs on the Plumix, Pluminix, Metropolitan, Prera, Penmanship, and 78G are all interchangeable (there may be a few more as well, but I do not know). The Varsity is absolutely NOT interchangeable and is not actually even meant to be removed from the pen.

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The nibs on the Plumix, Pluminix, Metropolitan, Prera, Penmanship, and 78G are all interchangeable (there may be a few more as well, but I do not know). The Varsity is absolutely NOT interchangeable and is not actually even meant to be removed from the pen.

You could add the Kaküno to the lot.

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Anyone know where, or even if it's possible, to get replacement nibs ONLY for the Pilot Met? I have a set of Mets with medium nib and I'd sure like to switch out a few of the nibs with fine nibs -- without having to buy new pens, if possible.

Thanks much.

I have a fine I'd like to trade for a medium. Pm me if you're interested.

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You can also add the Wing Sung 659 to the list of pens with compatible nibs (it at present is supplied with a fine and an extra fine). As far as I can tell it is a re-branded 78g.

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The Plumix nib fits, but AFAIK the Plumix is only available with a medium (1.0-ish) stub nib.

 

It actually seems to be available in italic EF, F, M, B, and BB - just not widely. For some reason the French are blessed with the full range while you can't officially buy a Plumix for love nor money on this side of the Channel.

 

Also, for completeness, the Pilot Non-Self-Filling aka "Tank" eyedropper is also compatible.

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I think the Pilot Metropolitan is a fantastic pen & really hits a sweet spot btw price and performance. I recently bought my first Metro for an experiment with essential oils & ink. Since I'm a Pilot fan & have several nice ones (Falcons, CH74, CH 912, an Ecrino), I wanted to see how a Pilot nib & feed reacted to essential oil mixed in ink. You can read about that here if you're interested: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/301572-essential-oils-and-ink/.

 

My point here though is that on getting my first Metro, I'm really liking it; I bought the medium nib & I'm now carrying the Metro as part of my daily rotation along with my more expensive Pilots.

 

I like the fact that it has a solid brass body, & that it accepts a CON-50 converter. The step-down from the barrel to the section doesn't bother me at all. The nib performs as well & better as other pens I own or have owned - such as a Shaeffer Connaisseur, Pelikan 400, a Waterman Phileas, and a Cross Bailey - at a substantially lower cost. It would be nice if Pilot offered a few more nib choices, even if they would just give us the standard full range of EF, F, M & B; & maybe a few more solid body colors; I'm thinking that Pilot's thinking is that if the Metro was that good, why would we need to step up and buy more expensive Pilot Pens?

 

If you're a Pilot fan or even a Japanese pen fan & don't have a Metro, you owe it to yourself to get one ( no I'm not in any way a company shill, just a Pilot fan ).

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I think the Pilot Metropolitan is a fantastic pen & really hits a sweet spot btw price and performance. I recently bought my first Metro for an experiment with essential oils & ink. Since I'm a Pilot fan & have several nice ones (Falcons, CH74, CH 912, an Ecrino), I wanted to see how a Pilot nib & feed reacted to essential oil mixed in ink. You can read about that here if you're interested: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/301572-essential-oils-and-ink/.

 

My point here though is that on getting my first Metro, I'm really liking it; I bought the medium nib & I'm now carrying the Metro as part of my daily rotation along with my more expensive Pilots.

 

I like the fact that it has a solid brass body, & that it accepts a CON-50 converter. The step-down from the barrel to the section doesn't bother me at all. The nib performs as well & better as other pens I own or have owned - such as a Shaeffer Connaisseur, Pelikan 400, a Waterman Phileas, and a Cross Bailey - at a substantially lower cost. It would be nice if Pilot offered a few more nib choices, even if they would just give us the standard full range of EF, F, M & B; & maybe a few more solid body colors; I'm thinking that Pilot's thinking is that if the Metro was that good, why would we need to step up and buy more expensive Pilot Pens?

 

If you're a Pilot fan or even a Japanese pen fan & don't have a Metro, you owe it to yourself to get one ( no I'm not in any way a company shill, just a Pilot fan ).

 

 

Ok - I will bite... I am a huge fan of Pilot pens - my 743 is one of the nicest writers out there with excellent build quality, BUT the Metro in my hand is an utter disappointment. Do they even compare? no... Can I believe that the same company made then? not always. Does a Metro have any comparison to a Falcon nib? Write with one and get back to me... You really need to step up your pen game before you making a blanket statement dismissing the more expensive stuff...

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Shawndb - "Step up my pen game"?

 

Did you read my post and see where I wrote "Falcons" plural? I have 3 Falcons: 2 resin in M and B, and a metal in F ( also a brass-bodied pen ). Did you see the other pens I noted I have in my post? I don't believe my comments were dismissive of more expensive pens, but you're entitled to your interpretation. If you don't like the Metro, fine. I'm puzzled and saddened why you felt it necessary to jump right down to a negative ad hominem comment on this generally genteel forum.

 

Hope you enjoy your pens in health and humility.

The prizes of life are never to be had without trouble - Horace
Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much - Pascal

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis

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I think the Pilot Metropolitan is a fantastic pen & really hits a sweet spot btw price and performance. I recently bought my first Metro for an experiment with essential oils & ink. Since I'm a Pilot fan & have several nice ones (Falcons, CH74, CH 912, an Ecrino), I wanted to see how a Pilot nib & feed reacted to essential oil mixed in ink. You can read about that here if you're interested: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/301572-essential-oils-and-ink/.

 

My point here though is that on getting my first Metro, I'm really liking it; I bought the medium nib & I'm now carrying the Metro as part of my daily rotation along with my more expensive Pilots.

 

I like the fact that it has a solid brass body, & that it accepts a CON-50 converter. The step-down from the barrel to the section doesn't bother me at all. The nib performs as well & better as other pens I own or have owned - such as a Shaeffer Connaisseur, Pelikan 400, a Waterman Phileas, and a Cross Bailey - at a substantially lower cost. It would be nice if Pilot offered a few more nib choices, even if they would just give us the standard full range of EF, F, M & B; & maybe a few more solid body colors; I'm thinking that Pilot's thinking is that if the Metro was that good, why would we need to step up and buy more expensive Pilot Pens?

 

If you're a Pilot fan or even a Japanese pen fan & don't have a Metro, you owe it to yourself to get one ( no I'm not in any way a company shill, just a Pilot fan ).

 

I'm a huge Metropolitan fan, too. I love the things! :wub: I can't imagine any better value, period, and my Metros write as well as or better than any other of my pens. I wish the nib selection included a 1.1 stub. Other than that, I can't even think of a suggested improvement. The new Retro Pops offer some bright colors and new trim patterns. Love the grey houndstooth.

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Hi All -- thanks for your help. I decided, in the end, to get a couple of Metropolitans with Fine nib in the near future. Buying another pen that's the same or higher price, just to exchange the nibs, is insane to me. Re: cheaper Pilot models, the Plumix only comes with a medium (1.1mm) calligraphy nib, and the Penmanship only comes with an EX Fine nib, not a Fine. Many of the other suggested nibs aren't even available anymore and again, I'm not one to buy more and probably more expensive pens just to swap nibs.

Thanks again.

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Maurizio - I apologize if I came off harsh... As one Pilot fan to another, you can appreciate that higher end Pilots are in a league with pens that cost quite a bit more and are competitive to say the least. I truly do not enjoy the writing experience with the Metro, maybe I am the only one... maybe there are others... It isn't the nib - the M really delivers the goods - it isn't the feed, that is flawless too, but rather I feel the package as a whole. I use FP's because they feel luxurious and expect them to elevate my own writing experience, maybe this is not everyone's goal / expectation.

 

On a side note, I believe the OP's question has been more than satisfactorily answered and for this deviation from the regularly scheduled programming I apologize to the everyone else.

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Ok - I will bite... I am a huge fan of Pilot pens - my 743 is one of the nicest writers out there with excellent build quality, BUT the Metro in my hand is an utter disappointment. Do they even compare? no... Can I believe that the same company made then? not always. Does a Metro have any comparison to a Falcon nib? Write with one and get back to me... You really need to step up your pen game before you making a blanket statement dismissing the more expensive stuff...

 

The Maurizio did say "...price and performance" when lauding the Pilot Metropolitan, which is a very inexpensive pen. I have a Pilot 743 with FA nib and Pilot/Namiki Blue ink, and a Pilot Metropolitan with 78G B transplant nib and Mont Blanc Irish Green right in front of me as I write this. Both are good pens and are easily compared when you consider their respective price-point and what you get.

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Thank you for the scoop on Plumix nibs fitting. I looked on Amazon and found that you can order Plumix pens quite cheaply, and there are fine and xfine nibs available inexpensively.

 

I should also warn you to pose your inquiry several different ways on Amazon to get info on product and price. I have looked for items using one set of parameters and have received messages that they don't carry an item, only to change things and find a list of options. The same with prices. I will probably pick up one or 2 Plumix stubs so that I can have italic Metropolitan's. I really like Pilot pens, but I love having these guys because they are reliable, make a good daily carry and will not break the bank or my heart if I lose one.

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You can also add the Wing Sung 659 to the list of pens with compatible nibs (it at present is supplied with a fine and an extra fine). As far as I can tell it is a re-branded 78g.

Two nibs for cheap, this is perfect! Thanks for the tip GS :D

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