Cross Century Pens
Last summer, after answering an Ask The Desk post about finding a vintage ballpoint pen, we created a fascination with Cross Century pens. On DC Pen Show, I acquired my very first, an engraved Cross Century II in matte blue metallic and have since acquired three even more: two classic Cross Centuries and a Cross Century II Starlight from NOS this December. You might be thinking about, what’s the fascination?
Initially, the first Cross Century resembles the Parker Jotter because the design has been around for decades. Its classic, streamlined and stylish. Initially produced in 1946 whilst still being in manufacturing these days, the Cross Century is a sleek, elegant design and, like Jotter, worth becoming in every pen collector’s collection, whether you acquire your grandfather’s or buy a one. Or both.
The Cross Century II is an updated version of the Century modified to allow for rollerball refills, an even more ergonomic grip area additionally the bigger pens chosen by modern pen consumers. This also allowed for many innovations within their refills aswell which Cross refers to since the “Selectip” refills which appealed to me because one of many options is a felt tip. Of all the significant pen producers, Cross may be the only one I'm sure of this provides felt tip as a refill choice.
(This is the point where I am NOT probably discuss the Star Wars Cross styles. Like they never ever even occurred. Nevermind, those would be the “Townsend” range — they've been nonetheless terrible. I'm able to gripe about the Marvel Century IIs. Those are bad also. Monster logos never alllow for great licensed products. Okay, back into our on a regular basis planned happy analysis.)
And then there’s the “Switch-It” technical pencil alternative that may be fallen to the ballpoint pen to show it into a pencil. I favor a pen manufacturer which considers giving their clients vary and choices! Definitely, the actual implementation of the “Switch-It” refill is a little janky and it is just offered as a 0.7mm technical pen which steam lots of people considering that the older Cross technical pencils were 0.5mm or 0.9mm so the undeniable fact that the Switch-It insert only has one width option is kind of lame. Anyway, really utilising the Switch-It insert took only a little practice as it does not work like any various other mechanical pen I’ve ever utilized.
whilst it took me awhile to find out simple tips to work the Cross “Switch It” Pencil refill by myself. We stumbled on similar working action as demonstrated into the video clip shown right here:
And, naturally, because I can’t leave sufficiently alone, I modified the Cross Spire pictured at the top of the image to just accept a Uni Signo 0.38mm D1 refill by jamming a little bit of plastic ultimately for the barrel in order to make up the area disparity in the length. it is now certainly one of the best each and every day pencils.
My imprinted “The Well-Appointed Desk” Cross Century II Royal Blue Selectip Rollerball Pen .95 (plus engraving charges) is full of the fine tip permeable point black ink therefore the Cross Century II Starlight Rollerball in Grey has an excellent tip porous point with blue ink. The Starlight was bought NOS and it is no more readily available but Anderson Pens still has a few of the ballpoint pen designs readily available.
Cross refills tend to be somewhat more minimal than Parker. Cross makes proprietary refill sizes and gives a finite number of tip sizes and colors, in which PArker style refills became the industry-standard dimensions. Consequently, Cross pencils aren't almost as preferred until you like simple black and blue ink and medium circumference ballpoint or rollerball refills. However, if you are happy to do just a little tweaking, there’s some opportunities to make these beauties do the job. And, in some ways, it looks like Cross is trying their utmost to assist also just like the Switch-It pencil refill.