Fend is in my mind as a good pen, not that I ever saw one.
I thought it a dead old German company. Jar
is one to listen too. Do Not
run out and buy a slew of pens.
Go to Richard Binder's com, and spend three fun filled days getting the basics of nibs, filling systems, good advice on inks and
see many very pretty vintage and modern pens.
The most important thing about buying pens is patience, no instant gratification.
If you run out and buy pens like they were going out of style, you will run out of money...that is a major sin.
Do Not join the Pen of the Week or Pen of the Month in the Mail Club....been there, done that....could have had a higher class of pen, with patience.
I still got most of those cheap pens, it's I just don't use them enough.Often you can get a better deal buying 'used' and or vintage.
I buy vintage 98.4% of the time. I like the nibs with some flex more than the modern ones.
A used modern pen can be had for 30-50% cheaper than new, and they are just as good.
I do suggest getting a couple of modern nails...very stiff nibs.
I think you can get much better regular flex nibs with vintage....pre' 70's... Some will take cartridges.
Some see 'flex' pens...and want that too. But do learn definitions of flex. Some say I want a car, then you got to ask, one with two cylinders, 4, 6, 8 or 12. So it is with the flexibility of a nib.
There is much to learn....and it is fun....no tests...no pressure.
At first I learned three things a day, and I'm still learning today....a bit less per week....I could learn more about paper.
Got to have good paper to scribble on. Buy computer paper for the computer, and scribble paper. 90g is IMO minimum...stay away from ink jet paper, it is designed to absorb ink as rapidly as possible.
So if you were to use a shading ink on it, it would not shade...
You need to have at least a small spectrum of broader, medium and narrow nibs and a few good to better papers to test an ink.
I have seen over the years, many a one pen guy be vastly disappointed in an ink, due to lack of nib width or flex of nibs and papers.
One has to find the proper combo to make an ink dance at midnight. There is no hurry, what ever pen you want, will show up again in six weeks to six months. Set your budget and don't go more than 10% over it.
I think first you should chase the nib. Later when you have a good assortment of nib widths and flexes, you can go for an upgrade in hopes of getting a 'better' nib.
B is a fun nib, it adds pizazz to your writing.
After you have an assortment of nail and regular flex, in B, M, F, and EF, you can aim at a Pelikan 140 and a semi-flex nib
. You do need a nail F and EF which are easy to find, a regular flex F also.
I advocate working your way up the flex ladder after nail and regular.
Some folks just love butter smooth nails.
Others like a nib with just a touch of feel, so one don't slide right off real good slick paper.
You need both...but don't get locked in with just got to be butter smooth. Many who started here with got to be butter smooth, have changed their mind some with experience.
Writing is 1/3 nib width and flex, 1/3 paper and 1/3 ink, in that order.
We have a great ink review section.
You need both two toned shading inks and vivid monotone permanent inks.
I have found to my surprise that with some shading inks, regular flex F and M shade very well, better on the paper I was using than wider or more flexible nibs.
'Common sense' and what a nib, paper and ink combo you expect to deliver .... can be shockingly wrong. You have to put the nib and ink to various papers, to find what nib, makes the ink dance on what paper.
Eventually that will turn into fun.
Remember LA was not built in a Day.
Do not get greedy, and buy like a crazy man.
You will be come crazy enough, soon enough and enjoy it more, targeting your buying.
Of Course you need a Snorkel, but which one?
Of Course you need a Pelikan...IMO a 140 is where to start, when you are ready for semi-flex.
Of Course you need XXX. Where can I get it cheaper?
I suggest buying a new ink, for every new pen, and don't forget getting a 'new' paper for each one too.
Should have done that...it would have enriched my scribbling fun.
I did it the 'normal' way....Pen of the Week in the Mail Club.
Wasn't even in the Ink of the Month club
Finally came Paper's Day
....ran around town like a crazy man....and I could have had better paper had I planned ahead.
That is not the best way to do things.