Many people go through life not thinking a great deal about the pens and paper they use. Some go a little beyond that and find a pen they really like; for example, lots of people are amazed by the Zebra F-301 ballpoint. It looks and feels nice with that stainless steel barrel and textured plastic grip. I think it’s a good pen, but my tight grip has broken the plastic threading on several.
I think it’s safe to say that most people never use a fountain pen. My first was a Lamy Vista with a fine (F) nib (after much research, it’s pronounced LAH-mee), which can be described as a demonstrator fountain pen: it has a clear barrel that allows you to see how much ink remains in the cartridge. I desperately want to switch to an extra-fine (EF) nib; I like thin lines, and the Lamy fine nib lays down what I consider a rather wide line.
At some point after that, I heard of the Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point. Though it was extremely interesting, it was also extremely out of my price range for a pen: somewhere between $125 and $175. Then, out of the blue, an acquaintance gave me one in blue carbonesque with rhodium accents, F nib. It’s a great pen, though again, I’d like to switch to the EF nib (a $70 switch, on average).
The next fountain pen I’d like to acquire is the Kaweco AL Sport, EF nib, though I haven’t yet decided on a color (seriously thinking about black). At $78, it will be a planned purchase. They have some great ink color options for these.
I have not explored papers a great deal. I’ve used Moleskines quite a bit, but the paper leaves something to be desired. Next set of notebooks will probably be Rhodia Webnotebooks, or Webbies, with dot grid paper. I’ve heard they’re great for fountain pen inks. Can’t wait to find out for myself.