I'm in a similar situation. I've never used a fountain pen before, and I think I'd like to start. I've looked a Parker and a Waterman. I'm not sure what weight of a line I would like the pen to produce. I currently use a Zebra F-402, and I like the line weight of most zebra pens, but would not want to go any thicker. Thoughts gentlemen?
Furthermore, I've heard some bad things about parker, but it does have a Royal Warrant, so it can't be total crap, can it?