Originally Posted by GSaavedra
When I was looking at fountain pens in the past I found myself being continually advised to grab the Lamy Safari
. You can use it with a cartridge to start out and get a feel of the style, then later on grab a converter nib to get used to filling it yourself. It's pretty darn cheap, to boot.
+1 on the Lamy Safari. My father is a fountain pen collector, with pens ranging from $5 cheapos to vintage, solid gold Watermans and brand-new, top-of-the-line Mont Blancs. He constantly "complains" how frustrating it is that the $25 Lamy Safari writes so well at such a reasonable price.
It's certainly not a formal looking pen, but as a starter fountain pen, I think it's hard to beat.
Go to a stationary store that carries them and try out some different nib sizes. Personally, I prefer a fine nib, but many folks like a medium nib, especially if it is their only pen.
Finally, if I may, I recommend a blue-black ink (as opposed to plain black). Nice stuff!