I love this pen. It was the first durable fountain pen I ever bought and it has
thus far proven to be my favorite. I went through several pens before coming
back to it, but now this is the pen I write most with.
I am a left handed writer and my hand is larger than average, though not
basketball player sized. The weight and balance of this pen is pleasing. It
helps me to form my letters neatly. The nib is sturdy, and it writes finer than
any other fountain pen I have found. However, despite appearances, it is not
gold (not that one should expect it to have a gold nib at this price). It is
I use a CON-20 converter with this pen. As a left-hander, it is important for me
to have a quick-drying ink. The ink I use in my Cavalier is Noodler's Baystate
Blue, which is a notoriously fickle ink. In fact, it destroyed two of my Lamy
nibs. The Pilot Cavalier, however, has held up marvelously. It is an excellent
product and a fine introductory fountain pen if you have never used them before.
Excellent pen. The inkflow is silky smooth. My favorite part is the triangular
grip. You can write a long time with this pen and not get cramped. Also, the
Lamy converters work differently than the Pilot converters. I much prefer the
Lamy converter design -- it's less clumsy.
I love my Tradio, even though it's more of a marker pen than a fountain pen. I
can write with either hand, and even though it's not a true fountain pen, I like
it better in my right hand for some reason. Writing left-handed with fountain
pens is of course useless.
As a marker pen I find it better than extra fine Pilot Razor Points or Staedtler
Triplus Fineliners. It has a nice shape and without the cap it's pretty balanced
and lightweight. Highly recommended.