I have a few fountain pens, including the same Aurora as linked above. It's a great pen, but it lays down too thick a line for me so it gets less use. Â A couple points: If at all possible, visit an actual store for your purchase. Even if you know which pen you want to purchase, the nib widths are inexact (what is Fine?) and every pen feels different. A while ago I was dead set on buying an Omas, but I couldn't stand the thing when I tried it at Fountain Pen Hospital. It was far too light, making it uncomfortable to use even for a few seconds. A beautiful pen, sure, but it was not for me. Avoid used pens if possible. The nib will shape to the users writing style (assuming it is gold, which it should be.) and using someone else pen can be slightly uncomfortable. A fountain pen is emphatically not like a suit. Even if you don't like suits, decorum dictates you need to have one. If you don't like a fountain pen, nothing says you need to use one. You may grow tired of your pen. They are finnicky at times and are different. I would recommend buying near the bottom of the high end, at least to start. Spending much more than $100 on your first pen is, if not exactly foolish, not exactly wise. I think the cheapest you can expect to pay for a good pen is between $50 and $100. Of course, you can get a decent every day pen for much less. The Lamy Safari
pens are not bad, and are only $20. Prices vary between stores, so do your research. Under $100, these are excellent: Namiki Vanishing Point
A unique pen, available in a number of finishes/colors. Waterman Expert
A nice, substantial pen. A workhorse. Not the fanciest, but it holds up phenomenally well. Discontinued colors
are often on sale.. If you want to spend a bit more, I'd look into Conklin pens
. They are made by pen aficionados who resuscitated an old American manufacturer. I have a Nozac in red and it's a beautiful pen. It's very flashy, but who cares. The blue is a safer choice. These cost about $130 at Joon
. And yes, I would recommend avoiding Montblanc altogether. They are nice enough pens, but they are incredibly bland, boring even. Who wants that?