I bought a cheap fountain pen to decide whether or not I could deal with the drawbacks of the hobby (required pressure, refilling, cleaning, etc), and I'm pretty sure I like the hobby now. However, I can already tell that the cheap pen I got has its flaws, for one thing it leaks a fair amount and thus gets all over my fingers. I would like to find a new pen with the following characteristics to replace it:
Under $50 USD - unless there is a significant jump in quality for only a small bit above my budget, I'd prefer to keep the pen under $50.
Must be able to draw ink - I don't think any real good fountain pens are cartridge-only, but I'm new to the hobby so I wouldn't know. I don't care if I have to pay a bit extra for a converter, but it has to be able to draw from an inkwell.
doesn't leak or become clogged to the point where it becomes uncleanable - again, I don't think any quality pens have this issue, but I put it just to make sure.
Fine-point or narrower, but comfortable for daily writing - I use my pen on a daily basis, so it needs to be comfortable. However, the lines put out by my medium-point pen are always a bit too thick no matter how lightly I handle the pen, so I'd like to try something a bit thinner.
I was looking at the Lamy Safari (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002T4032/), but I don't know enough to make a decision yet. Again the primary purpose is day-to-day writing usage, and I sometimes write for an hour on end or so, so comfort is also necessary.