This is my first post on the pen forum here, but I've been using a fountain pen for the last 7 years (I started at the ripe old age of 16).
I began with the simple, cheap, nearly disposable fountain pens that abound across the internet. I think I paid $6 for my first one. I eventually "upgraded" to a $15 pen of equally dubious origins.
About three years ago I bought my first decent pen, a Lamy All-Star. Loved it, but the nib was still a bit wide for my taste.
A little over a year ago, I bought a Pilot Vanishing Point (matte black at the time, now 50/50 between matte black and exposed brass/steel from riding around in my pocket with all of other goodies). I haven't looked back.
I have a unique issue. While right handed, I write like a lefty, wrapping my arm around the top of the paper with my hand on the left side of the pen. As you can imagine, I drag quite a bit, leading to much smearing of ink and coloring of skin.
In order to counteract this, I require paper that dries relatively quickly. I need paper that doesn't feather terribly as I write quite small. I also need a notebook that can ride around in my pocket without falling apart after a week. Graph paper is great too as it is easier to write on graph paper than to sketch on lined paper.
Today, I ordered a variety of notebooks from Goulet Pens. I can't wait to give them all a go.
This is what I got:
Rhodia Classic Side Staplebound- 3"x4.75"- Graph
Field Notes 3-Pack- 3.5"x5.5"- Graph
Banditapple Carnet Peewee- 3.5"x5.5"- Graph
Clairefontain Staplebound Duo- 3.5"x5.5"- Lined