I have been using fountain pens for the past 15 years. Although I am not a walking Consumer Report on the topic, I want to share a few of my favorites. A Waterman pen was my first, and what I like about this brand is the price range for high end to low end. Even the low end pen at ≈$50 is such a solid pen. My other favorite is the Sailor pens from Japan. The Japanese pens have such a fine craftsmanship to the nibs. The extra fine is absolutely amazing. I have found the best prices and inventory at Nibs. Nothing compares to the feel of ink on paper.