You can still get the cheap (but not quite as cheap) Sheaffer's; they're called "calligraphy pens" and are about $8 each (back in the mid-80's, I paid about $3 each). But the nibs do go bad, so it's better getting a good quality but not fancy fountain pen (I still recommend Lamy Safari for right-handers, which I've seen on Amazon for as little as $22).
As far as not getting ink all over your fingers, it's just a matter of a little practice (and an advantage; nobody ever asks to borrow your pen. At least more than once).
As far as dip pens go, when I was doing artwork, I used to do the pencils in non-photo blue (I still have a couple of them in unused condition, although the erasers are long dried out), and the inks using crowquill pens and india ink. They now have felt-tipped markers for inking work.