-- I have found that the simpler the ink storage and delivery system, the better the pen -- so eyedropper filler. Otherwise, the largest possible converter. No piston, unless it's a disguised converter activated via a removable cap [a distant second].
-- Section. I have found the Edison, Bexley, etc. type of removable nib unit to be the most user friendly.
-- Nib. Gold or gold-plated steel, no problem. I often think solid gold is no better than gold-plated steel. Rhodium plating would also be good. The important thing about a nib is its smoothness, and a variety of thickness offerings, for example, EF, F, MF, M, MB, B as a minimum. Scratch EF and add BB if Oriental scale is used.
-- Aesthetics. The simpler the better. Clip is a must. For all intents and purposes clip-less pens are desk limited. I would suggest the Nakaya Portable Writer or Cigar as a general model. Flush fit between cap and body is a must in order to preserve the pen's smooth shape.
-- Quality. Good design notwithstanding, the key thing is quality in manufacturing and fitting. A pen that falls apart is a pen too many.
-- Oh! Price: Not too much over $250, for maximum sales.
Being a daring beginner, I may have mis-stated a thing or two; my apologies. Nevertheless I hope everything else is useful!
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