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Pilot Metropolitan: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Fill the Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen with a Cartridge

The easiest way to load the Pilot Metropolitan with ink is to use a cartridge. These self-contained capsules of ink are convenient to transport and reduce the risk of spills when refilling your pen.

1. Push the wide end of the cartridge into the pen's grip section.

1. Push the wide end of the cartridge into the pen’s grip section.

2. Press firmly until you feel the cartridge puncture.

2. Press firmly until you feel the cartridge puncture.

3. Cap the pen and leave it with the nib pointing down until ink saturates the nib. This can take about fifteen minutes.

3. Cap the pen and leave it with the nib pointing down until ink saturates the nib. This can take about fifteen minutes.

Because converter filling draws ink through the feed, fountain pens using converters tend to write immediately. If you use a cartridge, the ink needs to flow down to the feed before the pen can write. After waiting fifteen minutes, try scribbling on a piece of scratch paper until the ink reaches the tip.

If the pen still doesn’t write, cap the pen and wait another fifteen minutes. Finally, in dire situations, you can gently squeeze the cartridge to force ink into the feed. However, be careful not to squeeze too hard, or ink will dribble out of the feed and onto your desk. Carefully monitor the nib, and when you start to see ink, stop squeezing.

How to Fill the Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen with a Squeeze Converter

Converters allow you to use any bottled ink with your Pilot Metropolitan. This gives you access to more different colors and is more cost effective in the long run than using cartridges. Squeeze converters are exceptionally straightforward. They use a simple squeezing mechanism to form a vacuum inside the bladder and draw ink from the bottle. Make sure to have a paper towel with you to clean the nib when the converter is full.

1. Insert the converter into the pen’s grip section. Squeeze the metal bars of the converter and keep them pinched.

1. Insert the converter into the pen’s grip section. Squeeze the metal bars of the converter* and keep them pinched.

2. Dip all of the nib and part of the grip section in the ink. Gently release the converter to draw ink into the converter. Continue to squeeze and release until you see no more bubbles.

2. Dip all of the nib and part of the grip section in the ink. Gently release the converter to draw ink into the converter. Continue to squeeze and release until you see no more bubbles.

3. Remove the pen from the ink bottle. “Wipe” the nib and feed against the rim of the bottle to get rid of excess ink. Wipe the nib, feed, and grip section with a clean paper towel.

3. Remove the pen from the ink bottle. “Wipe” the nib and feed against the rim of the bottle to get rid of excess ink. Wipe the nib, feed, and grip section with a clean paper towel.

*We recommend squeezing the converter before dipping the pen in ink. If the ink bottle is filled to the brim, forcing air out of the converter could cause your ink to spill. However, if you’ve already used some of the ink, you can dip the pen first and then squeeze the converter.

How to Fill the Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen with a Piston Converter

Piston converters are generally clear, which allow you to see how much ink is in the converter at any time. Keep a paper towel on hand to clean the nib when you’re done filling the converter.

1. Insert the converter into the grip section of the pen. Twist the end knob to fully extend the piston.

1. Insert the converter into the grip section of the pen. Twist the end knob to fully extend the piston*.

2. Immerse all of the nib and part of the grip section in the ink. Twist the knob in the other direction to retract the piston and draw in ink. Repeat as necessary until the converter is full.

2. Immerse all of the nib and part of the grip section in the ink. Twist the knob in the other direction to retract the piston and draw in ink. Repeat as necessary until the converter is full.

3. Remove the pen from the ink bottle. “Wipe” the nib and feed against the rim of the bottle to get rid of excess ink. Wipe the nib, feed, and grip section with a clean paper towel.

3. Remove the pen from the ink bottle. “Wipe” the nib and feed against the rim of the bottle to get rid of excess ink. Wipe the nib, feed, and grip section with a clean paper towel.

*We recommend extending the piston before dipping the pen in ink. If the ink bottle is filled to the brim, forcing air out of the converter could cause your ink to spill. However, if you’ve already used some of the ink, you can dip the pen first and then extend the piston.



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