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If I get this as my first fountain pen, will I want/need the Z26 converter? How about the extra ink, how long can I expect the ink it comes with to last?
I would highly recomend buying a converter and using bottled ink. Bottled ink is much more economical and there is a VERY large array of colors available from many companies. I would recommend either Noodler's brand or Diamine inks, they are available in large quantities and many colors as well as being relatively inexpensive, about $13 for a 80 or 90ml bottle. For retailers, I would recomend gouletpens.com, they are amazng people, but their shipping is a bit expensive, so you should order multiple bottles of ink. However, you can just buy ink on Amazon (I just like helping out small businesses). As for the ink that comes with it, a typical cartridge can last anywhere from about a week to a month, depending on how much you write, but it will not last nearly as long as a ballpoint type pen.
Hope you enjoy your pen!
Goulet Pens is also awesome for the ink samples. I've picked batches of samples of different colors to try and I like taking that route before jumping on a bottle.