Well, today I started on a new Moleskine notebook for work so i thought this would be the best time to try the fountain pen. I bought the Lamy Al-Star with a medium nib and box of black ink cartridges. Once I got the ink flowing, I was ready to write. I was surprised by the angle of the nib when I held the pen in my hand. It was slightly turned to the left (I'm a righty) due to the shape of the lower section of the barrel. I was very surprised to find the pen wrote incredibly smooth, not scratchy at all. The ink flow kept up with my style of writing. I'll write some notes and then put the cap on and leave the pen on my notebook until needed again. Each time i picked it up to use it the ink flowed and wrote freely. I did try turning the pen in my hand to what I thought might be the correct position of the nib on paper, but it did not work. Holding it as the pen forced me to hold it and it wrote beautifully and required no pressure or force to do so. Thus far, I'm very pleased.