Originally Posted by edinatlanta
Twsbi are good. I forget the names but the Chinese pens on ebay for 10ish are supposed to be good
I have a bunch of the chinese ones, they're really hit or miss. Baoer, Yongsheng, and Jinhao are the big brands. Some work great, some are utter garbage. Some somewhere in between. Fun to play around with- many of them look spectacular, and if you get one that works well, they're great value, but I wouldn't recommend it if you don't have an idea for how a decent pen is supposed to feel.
For a starter, I'd recommend Cross, they have some nice entry level models. The Bailey or the Stratford are both high quality, affordable pens, and easy to find on e-bay. You'll have to buy the converter separately, but they're very reliable pens that write quite smoothly.