Hello everyone - I've been using your advice for months now, so I thought I should probably make an account and say hello!
I'm 16, and have been using fountain pens since I was eight, and had one of those fun kids' pelikans. I then had a Lamy safari, which I didn't like much, as it felt very unforgiving. I then had a jotter, but didn't much like that either. About two years ago, I wanted a nice fountain pen, and a lovely local man set me up with a Parker 65 Flighter, which I generally love, but recently someone dropped on its nib, denting it, and breaking off the pen clip. I used it despite the nib, but wanted it fixed, so looked up about pen fixing to see if I could do it by hand. I managed to get the nib fairly straight again, and it writes beautifully again now! But, whilst looking it up, I got hooked. I flushed out my parents' old and discarded pens and then had a go at identifying them, and found a Sheaffer Targa (which I don't have a converter for), and a Parker Arrow Flighter from sometime in the 80s(?). I used advice here, and some other youtube videos to make it wetter, and realign the tines, as I could feel it was scratchy on one side.
I also found some with crisp italic nibs, but I really can't use those, so I haven't looked at them much - though I know there is a hole in the sac of one, so I'll be teaching myself to resac a pen soon, I think. I have also put a Faber Castell Loom on my christmas list, as, by now, I am completely hooked, but on a low budget.
So, in summary, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the advice you've already given out, and thank you for making me love fountain pens again!