I have to admit that i hate fountain pens when i was a child. At school, all students were forced to use them in English classes and exams. Now i own a Lamy Safari Fountain Pen (Fine Nip, Charcoal Black Body) and a Lamy Joy Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set (with 1.1, 1.5, & 1.9 Nips) which received a gift earlier this year. My hubby is going abroad, so I gave the Lamy Safari and searched for a new fountain pen. Although Lamy fountain pens are known for their good quality, they are quite pricy for everyday use. The prices started from 28 USD. I decided to go with a cheaper pen and bought a Pilot Kaküno Fountain Pen for 16.50 USD.
It’s surprisingly good and easy to use. After got my hands on the first one (Fine Nip, Soft Blue), i immediately bought another 3 pens with different colours (Soft Yellow, Soft Violet & Soft Pink). I felt silly because they are actually designed for children! LOL 😀 I think as a child i wouldn’t hate fountain pens so much, if i had one of those! Anyway, i use them with 4 different colours of Pilot Namiki ink cartridge: black, blue, sepia and red. Love them all, especially sepia! However, the body of the pens are made of plastic, which may not be that robust, but good enough for everyday use. Highly recommended for beginners. 🙂
More info about these pens on: http://pilot.co.jp/promotion/info/kakuno/ (in Japanese)