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Welcome to the rabbit hole.
For starters any pen can
ink with a suitable converter. There are countless quality pens that use cartridges and/or converters. That said, you are on the right track; cartridges are a sad thing and ink should come in bottles.
As for nib size almost every pen on the market is available in extra-fine all the way to double-broad.
People usually do not recommend piston fillers to newcomers to the hobby. I fail to see the reason for that. My guess is that this goes back to a time when piston fillers were significantly more expensive and high maintenance. However, times have changed.
Thus I recommend:
The Wing Sung 698, a fantastic pen which can be had for less than $20 on eBay, or about $20 with Amazon Prime.
Or the TWSBI ECO, for about $30.
If you find the idea of a piston filler a bit too daunting, your options are almost countless, but I will limit my suggestions to two:
Pilot Metropolitan (your safest bet, lowest likelihood of a lemon. Also, Japanese pens run finer than German ones)
Lamy Safari (especially if you like a taller pen, some people hate the grip, I think its great)
I like the Metropolitan a lot but, since no-leak is mentioned as a must, I have to add that my metropolitan's leak quite a bit. Nib creep is more correct than actual leaking and I assume that is what OP means.
Indeed, The $10 pen that leaked that I referred to in the OP was a Metropolitan. I don't know the technical difference between nib creep and "real" leaking yet though.
Thank you for the Recommendations, Theroc. I'm willing to try anything that fits my requirements, and everything you mentioned except for the Metropolitan (which I already own) does. I've never tried a piston-filler pen, but I'll do some research on the two you mentioned. If I find something that goes against what I need, I can always go back to my original plan of getting the Lamy Safari.
Nib creep is ink leaking out from the slit of the nib. This can happen due to many things. I don't have the link on me but The Goulet Pen Company has a YouTube channel under the same name with hundreds of useful videos to answer any questions you have and have one for nib creep, what it is, and how best to avoid it.
Leaking is when it's coming out of the pen entirely. Like up to the point where it's filling up the cap or is all over your pockets. People often refer to nib creep as leaking but I usually use it for severe leaking.
As for the recommendations, the twsbi is an excellent one to go for. As I understand it, a piston filler is basically a pen and converter in one. The pen itself is the converter that draws the in and you do so by twisting the pen open, putting it into the inkwell, and then twisting the pen closed, which will draw the only.
Thanks for the clarity, it is indeed nib creep rather than a full out leak, but nib creep is bad enough for me.
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