Hi Liz. I'm an FP noob, I've always written with pens that others thinks are too needle-like, so I am very excited about your proposal.
I lot of things have been requested here. My primary request is: do whatever you find interesting that will keep you going, and don't get caught up in the endless requests from the rest of us.
Now I'll contribute to the endless requests...
I agree that feathering can be the bane of EF nibs, so yeah, +1 for all those requests.
Flow: yes tell me more
Lubrication: yes tell me more
+1 for Japanese EF over Western EF.
I personally use Leuchtturm1917 for "good" paper, but at work it's whatever cheap copy paper the boss finds on sale at Staples or Costco (i.e. random and crappy). I use Leuchtturm1917 because it seems a little more porous and reduces drying times...I'm a lefty. Anyhow, +1 for both Good paper and trashy paper. If you have the patience for testing lots of paper then I'll +1 for Leuchtturm1917.
I have noticed a small number of inks that exhibit shading even with an EF nib. If you spot that I'd love to know about it, but otherwise I expect that I'm just not going to be putting down enough ink to be expecting much shading. Or sheen. But if it unexpectedly pops up then that's great, so please point it out.
I care a bit about water fastness, but I expect somebody else has already covered that, and I assume that this wont change with nib size. So don't waste your time on my behalf.
Different Paper Types: I know a lot of people love Clairefontaine & Rhodia. As I mentioned, I use Leuchtturm. So more paper types are better. But I fully expect this is one of those things that might turn your passion into a chore, so take care.
I'm a noob, I'd love to know more about different inks. Specifically I disagree with the suggestion to first try all the Diamine inks (and I have Diamines that I really like). Try what you want. Try one from everybody, then go back and try a second from everybody.
I love saturated colors, and many different colors.
Edited by XYZZY, 02 September 2018 - 04:06.