I like the Microns also. I have splurged a bit and bought a set of 8 with varying weights. They are NICE. I also bought some called Penstix Technical Markers. They move nicely on the paper too. And I use the Pilot and Sharpies as well. But the Micron and Penstix are a step up. I have not tried any super “nice” paper, but did get sketchbooks from Office Depot. I am not a fan of ball point pens.
As to pencils, I like Staedtler. I feel like a poser using all these brand names because I am such a novice. BUT I’m having lots of fun with this!