June 4, 2015
I bought this hoping it would be a superior replacement of the cheap plastic
capped PILOT G-TEC.
Not so. Where the cheap plastic capped G-TEC (or hi-tec-c cavalier) is smooth,
this is scratchy. And by scratchy, I mean it's like using a 10 year old
crow-feather quill on dried papyrus, not pleasant. It's like they removed the
microscopic stainless steel / ceramic rolling ball and put in a sulphur
molecule, just for kicks.
I purchased four of these, and have tested all four, so it's not just an
isolated problem. The other problem, aside from the scratchiness on the paper,
is the tips dry out, requiring several "warm up lines" before you can even hope
for a solid black line. Instead, you get a grey line inconsistent line, because
the ink has dried in the tip, and it needs to be heated up before new ink will
flow past the dried ink. You'd like the 'pen engineers' at Pilot would know
their product well enough to realize... that tip? I needs to be covered. Always
wear protection, pen friends. Even under ideal conditions, the ink flow rate of
this pen is sub-par, and there are gaps in the lines when writing fast cursive.
Personal Pen Ranking: The Cavalier Hi-Tec-C metal body remains the best pen I've
ever seen or used, then the cheap G-TEC when you don't care if you lose a pen
but think plastic is cool, then there's this 'slim knock' abomination that
tantalizes with the promise of pen glory, but stabs you in the soul with
betrayal every time you use it.
Not recommended. Will not purchase again. Sorry Pilot, you struck out with
this one, for me.