Been attempting to come up with a build which melds Artificer with Monk. I've found a few interesting possibilities, but the main drawback is that to remain centered as a monk, I can't use a runearm.
From my experience of Arti, the damage from the runearm (the imbue) adds to the ranged/melee damage. Beyond that, use of the charges is alien to me. My arti life simply didn't last long enough to learn about it.
So, is an arti without the runearm damage viable? I haven't decided yet about ranged or melee (ranged is damn tempting, but* most arti ranged mixes end up being made out of bog-roll near level 20, and melee is attractive with dual bastard swords). Let's consider both.
EDIT: This will be for a fighter life, so One with The Blade is kinda implied. I'd be looking at something like Arti6/Monk6/Fighter8.