With a lower price point, inclusion of a converter, and the heft of a metal-bodied design, the Pilot Metropolitan wins in overall value, providing a fancy writing experience at an outstanding price.
Despite not having the elegant appearance and feel of a Pilot Metro, the Safari does have an edge in utility with its large nib selection, replacement nibs, virtually unbreakable wire clip, ink window, and contoured grip section.
The series collectibility is the x-factor in this matchup. The Metro seems to have stalled in the production of new colors and styles after the Retro Pop collection dropped in 2015. Lamy continues to renew interest in the Safari year after year with new special editions and region-specific exclusives.
Personally, when I started writing with fountain pens, a blue safari in extra-fine was my first refillable fountain pen. It's a pen I still use today when I want to write with something that I don't mind getting knocked around. So, when people ask me which pen would I choose to start in the world of fountain pens, I would usually recommend the Safari unless they were looking for a more traditionally-styled pen design.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what I think. It matters what YOU think. Which pen won this contest? The Lamy Safari or Pilot Metropolitan. Let us know in the comments below!