Of all of my fountain pens this is one of my favorites! The picture is a blue lamy alstar with an extra fine nib and diamine majestic blue ink. The extra fine nib is slightly scratchy but I enjoy how small the fine the lines are. The fine nib is less scratchy and also writes well. I know some people have difficulty with the grip, as it has a triangular shape, but I find it to be easier to write with it than others. For a beginning fountain pen fanatic I would recommend trying this lovely pen!