Review: Pilot Cavalier Fountain Pen

I'd like to introduce you to a favorite fountain pen of mine. It's not THE favorite, but a favorite, nonetheless. Cavalier Fountain Pen

I pull this pen out when I want to write with something that is both lightweight and offers a bit of precision.

Cavalier Fountain Pen

This pen has a fine nib and I really love the way it writes. The nib has just a slight flex and it writes beautifully with my Diamine inks. Diamine's Monaco Red is my favorite ink to use in this pen because it matches the barrel (of course!) but also because the edges of the lines end up with a slightly higher concentration of ink producing some beautiful shading.

Cavalier Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Cavalier Fountain Pen

Cavalier Fountain Pen

Cavalier Fountain Pen

Cavalier Fountain Pen

The cap posts gently on the barrel (with a satisfying 'click' noise) and the entire pen is of sturdy construction. It is definitely a metal body....aluminum?

Cavalier Fountain Pen

Cavalier Fountain Pen

The lines this puppy lays down are always smooth and I've never had an issue with it skipping. I've also had it sitting around, completely filled, only to pick it up weeks later: it writes on the first try with no issue.

Cavalier Fountain Pen

Cavalier Fountain Pen

You'll see I purchased the converter with this pen. It slips on snugly and I've never had an issue with leaking. The converter is a plate press---you squeeze a metal strip housed within the converter and release it when you want to fill it. It's easy.

Cavalier Fountain Pen

I ordered this pen from JetPens back in August of 2010. I've run a lot of ink through this baby!

PS: Hat tip to Ron for requesting this review. You gave me the motivation I needed to finish this post!