I've searched the forum for information on this, but I haven't found anything. If there already was a thread devoted to this topic, please direct me there and forgive for the inconvenience.
I suppose there must be more people here who, like me, love fountain pens. I've been a fountain pen user since I was in my early teens, and only use ballpens when I must fill in some carbonless copy paper form and borrow one (there are fountain pen nibs which work on this type of paper, though I've never looked for one, since most of the times I have to fill in a form I didn't know beforehand I would have to do so, and I'm not going to carry around ne of those fountain pens just in case).
Now I've found another instance where I cannot use a fountain pen: dive logs. Well, this is not strictly true: I am sure fountain pens can be used for dive logs. It's only that up to now, I haven't done it. And I'd like to ask for your advice, since I'm pretty sure some of you already know what the best options are and, much as I like and use fountain pens, I'm no expert.
Of course, I'd need, first of all, a waterproof ink. Or would ink with very high water resistance be enough? After all, I don't intend to dip my dive log, and it would be mostly a problem with water splashes (though if the worst comes to the worst, my buddies' signatures and the dive centers' stamps would be affected even if what you wrote isn't). But what worries me most is the pen's maintenance. I'm not an everyday diver, as someone living in a coastal town may be. I'm more of a sporadic weekend diver (four or five weekends in July/August, and maybe four weekends more during the rest of the year, with four dives a weekend). This means I'd have to clean the pen thoroughly almost every time I use it. I've never used waterproof inks, since I'm rather clumsy and always end up staining something when I ink my pens, so the easier they are to clean, the better. But I'll have to toe the line this time.
Would you please recommend a waterproof ink, or one with good water resistance, which is reasonably easy to clean from the pen (supposing this is possible), and which is not too expensive, as much of it will end up in the dustbin (until I get the knack of knowing how much -or rather, how little- ink I must put in the pen to last me one weekend). I'd like some sort of blue black, but I'm not too particular about this.
And, while we're at it, is there any fountain pen that you find particularly good for this purpose? It would have to be cheap (as the chances are that it'll get lost) and easily disassembled.
Lastly: the paper. My logbook, which I was given at the dive centre just before my OWD dives, consists of some spiral-bound normal paper sheets. But I've seen some people whose divelog books have some sort of shiny paper which, I suppose, has better water resistance. Would a fountain pen write well on one of these, or would it take for ever for the ink to dry?
Any sort of advice on how to start using fountain pens for this would be very appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance!