For cheaper pens, I really like the Lamy's. I actually prefer pens with a fine nib but a bit of scratchy feel to them, something more similar to a pencil than a liquid ink pen. I think this is tantamount to blasphemy among the pen lovers though? I've tried Rotring, while I like the design, the ink flow was a bit screwy. Same for a Cross ATX I tried too. I'm beginning to wonder if it's just bad luck and faulty pens? The Faber Castell in bamboo posted earlier was beautiful.