Pilot pens are reliable, no matter the price point. There's a reason the Metropolitan is such a great starter pen! A lot of people in the fountain pen community go to the Vanishing Point as that "next level" or first gold-nibbed pen, but the VP just doesn't appeal to me. This pen, on the other hand, is wonderful. I went with the black, rhodium trim model, so it's definitely classy. I considered getting the bright red pen, but in the end, I decided to go for the more subtle option.
The faux piston knob at the back has a bit of a weird angle. I’m not too fond of that design element. I wish that they’d kept the lines consistent through to the end. The way it is, it breaks up the streamlined nature of the pen. I actually really like the clip. It’s simple, yet that gentle swoop seems so modern and refined. The cap finial is not my style. It would be nice if it had some logo, the way that Sailor pens do. Or if it was at least matte. It works as a mirror in a pinch!