Yeah, it's a Mont Blanc 149 knock-off of sorts. I had a 149 once, but other than its looks and the way the piston worked, I didn't care for it. I write with, and am satisfied with, a Lamy Safari, which I've had forever. But it's an ugly pen; if this writes as reliably, then I'm ahead because this one is prettier. About ink and paper, I know zip. When I want my writing to look cool, I use a dip pen with an artist's C-6 Speedball nib--you know, the one with the brass springy thing that makes it hold more ink? Put some permanent black India ink on some Eaton 100% cotton, and you've got a friggin' document, man.