Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Father's Day Gift Ideas -- Pilot Pen: The Metropolitan Collection (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone. 

"Pilot believes there's no better way to show someone you love them than with a handwritten note! Write dad a note or card this Father's Day to give him a lasting reminder of your love."

Why not treat dad to a classic pen from Pilot's Metropolitan collection is a perfect gift? "Released to the U.S. market in Dec. 2012, the elegant and refined Metropolitan pen is a practical gift that doesn’t skimp on style. Meticulously designed with a brass barrel and stainless accents and nib, it is available in three premium matte finishes and barrel designs." Prices range from $16-20, making this an affordable gift, that even the hard to shop for dad would appreciate receiving.

As I child I would always find it difficult to buy a gift for my dad for Father's Day.  Being a police officer with a uniform, he was never in need for ties, as he only dressed up for the occasion wedding or party.  My oldest brother would always get him a few Red Sox or Patriots t-shirts to replace his last season attire, while my other brother would surprise him with grill accessories.  I found myself watching my father from a distant when he would arrive home from work, to see what his other hobbies besides us kids were. :-)  I found that he was a fan of crossword puzzle books, and couldn't go a day without having a to-do list.  Based on this, I decided to get him a pen one Father's Day.  Now, I am not talking one of those packages of pens you find the pharmacy or grocery store.  No, I went to the mall with my allowance money and shopped a stationary store for a top of the line pen, which I had engraved.  When my father opened his Father's Day gift and saw the pen, his eyes lit up, as he said he used to love using his father's fountain pen back in the day, but never had a nice one for himself to use.  After thanking me with hugs and kisses for "the best gift ever," I made a point to follow up each year with a new pen.  And, over the years, I have to say that he has a nice collection of stylish pens at his fingertips. :-)

While I have moved away from giving him a new pen each year, on occasion, I try to surprise him with a pen, as it is a great way to reminisce about years gone by, and all the pens I bought him for Father's Day.  This year, I will be surprising him with a new pen, this time from Pilot.  I was surprised that with all the pens I got him over the years, I never bought one from Pilot for him.  But, after checking out their Metropolitan collection of pens, I knew he needed for his pen collection. :-)

Here is the silver Metropolitan pen I was sent to review recently.  The first thing that caught my eye was the fancy blank flip top case that the pen came in.  Really a nice touch for those who don't like to wrap a gift, as you can simply through a bow or ribbon around the box and give to that special someone.  It looked so nice in the box, that I didn't want to take it out -- but, I also wanted to see how the pen felt when you held it, and how well it wrote.

One of the quirts I would hear from my father when I was little was how some of the pens I bought for him were too chunky and hard to hold.  Or, the pens would write that well, or would run out of ink quickly.  So, before I surprise him with this pen from Pilot, I wanted to make sure it was perfect -- and, the verdict -- it is perfect!  Not only is the Metropolitan pen sleek and stylish, it is easy to hold and writes nicely.  While I received the silver version, you can also choose either a black or gold color -- both of which look nice.  But, if I was buying one of these pens for him, I would have bought the silver one I was sent to review, as it really looks like a nice professional pen any man would want to have hanging from his shirt pocket, on his desk, etc. 

I can't wait to see my father's face when he opens the black Pilot pen case on Father's Day.  After trying out the pen firsthand, I know that he will like it.  Heck, I want to get one now for myself to use! :-)  So, if you are still searching for just the right gift for your dad, but are on a budget and still want to get him something nice and that he would actually use, why not consider picking him up a pen from the Pilot Metropolitan pen collection?


Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for the idea. I didn't know what to do for Father's day gift.