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  I've had this pen for..., January 14, 2014
I've had this pen for awhile now and it's become one of my favorites. I favor fine nibs and this draws a thin yet distinct line that hardly ever smears (I'm left-handed so that can be a problem with broader and wetter nibs). It's less temperamental than some more expensive pens I own--writes on almost everything, doesn't skip, and leaves minimal feathering on cheap paper. Even though the nib is finer than it would be on some other brands, it doesn't scratch or bleed through the paper and glides smoothly across the page. I like the tall, thin barrel, which balances nicely in my hand and isn't too thin even though I don't have small hands. I like to use this pen at work especially on days when I take notes or minutes at committee meetings because I can write quickly and don't have to worry about the pen acting up. I've had several comments from colleagues on how nice the pen looks.

One caveat: once I tried using Diamine ink instead of Pilot and found that the nib didn't perform as well; it skipped and dragged across the page. I only tried this once so it's possible there are other non-Pilot inks (including different Diamine colors) that will work better, but for now I'm sticking with Pilot's inks.

I'd never heard of the Cavalier before and purchased it on a whim, but I'm very glad I did. It's a great pen and a very good value for the money.
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