I want to thank everyone for the tons of information here. I just became addicted to these little cash evaporators. I am starting very small with some inexpensive pens. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I really love my Pilot Metropolitans, having read some of the disparaging comments about them, I have 5 now, unfortunately one nib never seemed to work correctly, so although I love the pen, the inability to purchase and change the nib is a source of frustration. I love the ink flow and the sound they make as I write. I also love my 2 Lamy AL Stars. I bought two pink ones, because they were on sale lol. I have a Platinum Plaisir fine, a Monteverde Monza (the flex nib on this pen is awful, but it was super cheap) and the only slightly expensive pen is a Montegrappa Parola fine, which I love.
Thanks for the interest!