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Why you need a Pilot MR Retro Pop fountain pen

Pilot MR3 Metropolitan

When it comes to entry level fountain pens I love the Pilot MR Retro Pop collection . I have set this post out as a pros and cons post so that its easy to read. My main reasons for loving this pen are the following:


  • Comes in a range of beautiful colours
  • The body of the pen is brass construction 
  • It is engrave-able and is a great gift
  • Lightweight at 26 grams
  • Measures 13.5cm capped, 12.5 uncapped and 15.5cms posted.
  • Comes with a steel nib
  • Writes really well with very little pressure required and no skipping or hard starts
  • Comes with a squeeze converter, where most other entry level fountain pens you have to buy a converter separately.  It also fits cartridges and the con-40 converter
  • The price is very good at $40.45
  • Easy to fill and use

As with anything there are a few negative or neutral points.


  • Neither the squeeze converter or the con-40 hold very much ink so plan on refilling regularly. I just use the squeeze converter in my MR3 as I don't find much difference in the ink capacity of either.
  • The section that your fingers hold when writing is a fair bit smaller than the rest of the body of the pen.  I don't find this to be a problem but some do.
  • The nib size, compared to other brands, is finer. I have compared writing of the MR3 medium nib and the lamy safari medium nib and the MR3's lines are finer.

Altogether I like this Pilot MR Retro Pop fountain pen and recommend it as an entry-level pen, but as with everything some people pros may be another persons cons.  Buy HERE

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Pilot MR3 Metropolitan Violet

Lee Saul

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