I want folks to know what they are missing, and to move up the flex ladder instead of jumping into Easy Full Flex or wet noodles with out really being ready for them.
With a semi-flex one can write fast, can be used by the ham fisted and is a fun nib, that gives a bit of flare to one's writing with out doing anything extra.
The first letter and perhaps the last letter start or end a bit thicker than the other letters of the word.
One also has to learn to go up the price ladder.....€30-40 for something called a Geha (as good as Pelikan) or double that for a Pelikan 140...or find out what the hell is a Osmia or a Osmia-Faber-Castell.
I spent a lot of time bottom feeding...even when I knew I needed an Osmia, it was "over budget".....actually had I not been in 'The Pen of the Week in the Mail Club'...later pen of the month club. I could have afforded them before, when they were a bit cheaper.
Instant greed, instead of deliberate search for quality has it's price.
Some pens are going to need new gasket or cork or sac's. That must be figured in.
Still one is getting top of the line pens, for less than ....well where is your medium class start range?....$50 is actually too low....$100 is where I start the medium class for new pens. And you can get top of the line vintage for $50-100-125.
Make sure you join the Pen of the Quarter Club....that though takes a lot of will power for a noobie.....
By buying a pen every quarter, you have much time to figure out what filling system you want, how pretty you are going to pay for, and most important of all, what of the 45 nib width's and flex's do you now need.
Even bottom feeding in the pen of the week, was enough that I was not getting inks, much less the more important paper.
Writing is 1/3 nib width&flex, 1/3 paper and 1/3 ink; in that order.
You need both vivid monotone supersaturated permanent ink, and fun two toned shading inks, and good to better paper to scribble on.
I recommend buying a paper just for your printer 90g minimum (good enough to edit), and a better paper for fun and games.
Better paper can be bought for the price over regular paper of a couple cans of Coke or cups of Starbuck coffee.
Paper is where you ink dances.
I could have cut a year or so off my search for enlightenment and had better pens sooner, had I not done it the hard way.