We cant recommend this pen highly enough. The Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen is about as durable and low maintenance as they get. A larger diameter for an easier grip, metal body in satin finish, an ideal weight and balance designed to exert pressure perfectly on paper without tiring the hand. Smooth writing and easy to use, at under $20 this pen is an obvious choice for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of fountain pens. Coming in a variety of colors and styles this pen makes an excellent gift.