Thanks for starting this thread. I'd retired my fountain pen for a while - you've inspired me to use it again
I am a bit of a pen snob. I was introduced to fountain pens when I was 11 years old. Fountain pens were mandatory at our secondary school. My school mates all hated using fountain pens but for me, it was love at first sight (or should I say, first write). Now that I am a SAHM, I've been toting around cheap ballpoint pens in my handbag. UGH!
I don't use the ink cartridges - it is cheaper and green to buy the fountain pen ink in the bottle. For the occasions when a fountain pen is not feasible, I will happily borrow a ballpoint pen. If money were no object, I'd buy myself a MontBlanc
My mother had a dipping pen years ago. DH has been dying to buy me a handblown glass dipping pen to feed my pen fetish. I cannot offer any insight on your ink experiments. Please let me know how they turn out!