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#1 jhazelwood

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 21:24

I purchased one of these at Staples this week and it is a great pen. It does not wirte as smooth as a Waterman Phileas but I find the feel of the nib on the paper is more to my liking. At any rate does anyone knwo which converter would work for this pen? I currently use Black Quink in all my pens except the cross which is still using the blue-black cart that it came with. Any help would be appreciated in this matter. headsmack.gif

#2 petra

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 03:27

If you go to the Cross site, you'll probably find it listed &/or a picture. That's how I discovered that I mistakenly received the wrong converter for my Townsend. Or you can call, they were very nice despite all my goofy questions. You can also buy a converter from their site... I'm surprised your pen didn't come with a convertor, although I don't really know anything about the Avenura. Are you sure it's not buried in the box somewhere?

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#3 jhazelwood

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 19:55

The box is empty, the lining is glued in and there is no where to hide a converter. Too bad, but I will eventually buy one.

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 00:30

JHazelwood, how's that Aventura working out for you? The last comments I read about the Cross Aventura were that they feel flimsy and somewhat cheap. How has yours held up?
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 22:00

I've just got one of these Aventura pens for everyday jotting and doodling.
I really like it. It's got a really nice flow, no flooding but lush regardless, nice balance, and I think it's well built - I can't fault the cap action on mine and the lightness is great for keeping it in a breast pocket thumbup.gif
It didn't come with an adapter - it's obviously a cheap introduction to Cross pens, which again suits me as I tend to lose pens quite easily.
I would also like to know which adapter fits it. I suspect that neither does.
So I'll be re-filling cartridges where possible because I have a large amount of cheap similar size cartridges that don't fit - I was using Rotring pens but they wore out rather too easily.
This is the best pen I've had - easily better than Parker ones for a similar price.

Anyway it'll get quite a rigorous testing regime in my hands so we'll see how it copes.


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Posted 15 July 2008 - 19:50

I just bought one of these Cross Aventuras as well, it's my second pen after the Phileas I bought. I actually like the feel of it better than the Phileas and it seems to write more smoothly. I agree with one of the other correspondents that it has a good balance and light weight is good for my shirt pocket. From an aesthetic viewpoint, I find the nib a little more elegant looking than the Phileas.

Note that you cannot find this pen on www.cross.com, but you can find it on www.crosspen.com. Go figure.

Very good everyday pen but I wish it came with an adapter.



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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:47

I bought an Aventura today, and it came with one Cross cartridge pre-installed.

But here's what I found: When I took the pen apart, the ink cartridge was not attached to the front section of the pen, but it was in the barrel. It appeared to do a better job at staying in the barrel than on the front section! I knew that the cartridge wasn't just being stored inside the pen, because the plastic ball seal had already been broken, and the ink was flowing. I took that as a sign that the cartridge didn't fit well.

So then I tried fitting an orange converter (the one with the screw threads), but I noticed that the front section was too wide for it, and that there was no point in using the screw-on converter. So I switched to using the older green converter (without threads).

Neither the converter or cartridge fit well in my Aventura. This didn't come to a surprise to me, since the opening for both the converter and the cartridge are the same, and the pre-installed cartridge didn't fit well to begin with.

So my final answer for you is: It doesn't really matter which Cross converter you use... it fits like the cartridges, which doesn't fit well! The pen itself is great, though.

If anyone has a different experience, or a fix, to share, I'd love to hear it!

#8 Peter from Sherwood Park

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 17:37

I just purchased an Aventura from our local Staples and a screw-in converter from Stylus Pens in Edmonton (Canada). My experience was quite good -- the pen worked well with the supplied cartridge and the pen/converter combination worked flawlessly as well.

Perhaps you can prevail upon your local Staples to give you a replacement, as it would seem a single flaw in the pen is much more likely than two independent, but similar, flaws in the cartridge and converter.

Good luck.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 16:12

Well I'm still getting along fine with mine. I tried refilling my cartridge with ink from a cheaper cartridge brand, but after 2 such refills I was getting frustrated with the lack of flow to the nib. I could squeeze ink through it and flick ink from the nib but it wouldn't flow properly and I kept getting dry lines, particularly downstrokes, which is a showstopper for me.

I left it soaking in warm water, replacing the water every hour, for 4 hours. I then blew through it and shook the water out of it, and put a new Cross cartridge in.
Lovely- good as new again.
I stuck to Cross for a while, and then tried refilling one with cheap ink again, and the flow problem returned quickly - before the end of the cartridge I was getting annoyed.

So there we are. If you go to the effort of syringing ink refills into a cartridge, you might as well not bother if you're using cheap ink.








#10 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 20:55

So far as the Cross converters go, I have to give a shout out to Pendemonium here.

They have both the screw in and fricton fit ones in stock for $4 each. Now, Cross also had them
for the same price except they wanted $8 to ship 3 converters (and you know how small of
a package that had to be!) yikes.gif Pendemonium only wanted $2 to ship all 3 of them to Florida.
I can't remember the last time I got anything shipped to me for $2. I'll be honest, I usually
get my ink from James at Peartree because Pendemonium doesn't have a sampler deal and
is often out of stock on some inks unlike Peartree, but in this converter instance, Pendemonium really
came through.

Soooo, I'd probably call Cross to get the official statement of which converter the Aventura
IS SUPPOSED to use, then I get it from Pendemonium.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 20:55

So far as the Cross converters go, I have to give a shout out to Pendemonium here.

They have both the screw in and fricton fit ones in stock for $4 each. Now, Cross also had them
for the same price except they wanted $8 to ship 3 converters (and you know how small of
a package that had to be!) yikes.gif Pendemonium only wanted $2 to ship all 3 of them to Florida.
I can't remember the last time I got anything shipped to me for $2. I'll be honest, I usually
get my ink from James at Peartree because Pendemonium doesn't have a sampler deal and
is often out of stock on some inks unlike Peartree, but in this converter instance, Pendemonium really
came through.

Soooo, I'd probably call Cross to get the official statement of which converter the Aventura
IS SUPPOSED to use, then I get it from Pendemonium.

Bruce in Ocala, FL

#12 jhazelwood

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:10

I don't really use this pen too much anymore, I caught the vintage bug and never looked back. However I do use this with Baystate Blue because the all metal/chrome section will not stain, I left it inked for about a month and it wrote as soon as I put it to paper. I will flush it next time, as far as ceap, kinda sorta. The plastic is a bit scratch prone, but that nib more than makes up for it. I don't mind carrying around as a beater since I managed to mangle mine a bit lol

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:23

I'm fairly new to FPs, I recently bought the Cross Aventura. It writes well, though very thick. Is the nib on it a M? I'm still learning.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 00:48

This was my first FP as well.

Regarding the cartridge being in the barrel, all of them come like that (or at least that's been my experience and that of a few others I've read). I suppose that's so that the ink doesn't flow or clot in the nib during storage. Once I pushed it into place, there were no issues with leakage or loose fitting.

Overall, this pen was good enough to make me want to buy more from Cross (I just ordered a Century II). It writes well, and makes my signature look nice. It feels a bit cheap sometimes, but it will be a great beater pen :)

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 03:42

I have an Aventura, and have not had any luck with the converter: it's just a little bit too long. So I have to force the barrel down onto it, and when I take the barrel back off, the fit is tight enough that it twists the converter, squeezing out any remaining ink. (Fortunately, I had the cap over the nib at the time...)

So I guess I'm sticking to refilling cartridges with it, which, while it doesn't offend me, probably means the pen isn't going to see as much use as it otherise would have.

As far as writing, I'd say the nib is quite comparable to a Waterman Phileas. I have both in medium, and they put down similar lines. The Waterman came with and works with a converter, though, so that's a big bonus to them. It's fortunate that cartridges are so easy to fill, or I don't know if this pen would ever be seeing the light of day again.

I suspect I'll look into higher end Cross pens someday, since the pen is a solid writer. It might be a while, though, because the price leap is a big one.

#16 Russ

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 12:05

Check the barrel for the presence of a spring at the closed end. I had one in a Cross pen, and it likewise twisted converters when the barrel was unscrewed. Removed the spring, solved the problem.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 04:54

Good thought!

Upon inspection, though, nothing in there. It looks like the big problem is the way the end tapers, it just catches the end of the converter. I wonder if the converter could be modified without destroying it. It would only need to lose a little more than 1/8 of an inch.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 21:26

Good thought!

Upon inspection, though, nothing in there. It looks like the big problem is the way the end tapers, it just catches the end of the converter. I wonder if the converter could be modified without destroying it. It would only need to lose a little more than 1/8 of an inch.


I am having this problem and will follow this thread.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 21:30

I currently refill my ink cartridges with CROSS ink and a syringe.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:31

My Cross Aventura writes very well with Quink. I tested several inks, including Cross :rolleyes: I also have a Cross Townsend that came with a converter. Although several sites mentioned the Townsend converter doesn't fit any other Cross pen, I found that it (Product Number 8751) does, if you take out the spring in the barrel of the Aventura.

You can't choose the nib size of the Aventura, if you buy it from Staples. At least I didnt see a nib size on the box. But if you get a very very large magnifying glass :eureka: you can see M on the nib. But as I said, the ink makes a lot of difference in the Aventura.
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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:34

I love my Cross Aventura. This pen was my very first fountain pen. I only ever use Cross cartridges, but I should look at getting the converter. Thanks for the product number, I have to look it up.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 23:50

Hiya folks,

I just bought a Cross Aventura as well. It's my first FP also. So far, so cool... waaay cool! I did notice a stinging sensation on the back of my wrist. Apparently I have been bitten by Fountainus Stylus Insectus. Good Lord, what have I done?

Edited by brianjstafford, 19 August 2011 - 00:21.


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 00:37

Hiya folks,I just bought a Cross Aventura as well. It's my first FP also. So far, so cool... waaay cool! I did notice a stinging sensation on the back of my wrist. Apparently I have been bitten by Fountainus Stylus Insectus. Good Lord, what have I done?

Warning - that bug causes people to spend high amounts of money on new pens, ink, and paper. I bought my Adventura 4 weeks ago, and have spent $300 or so on a new pen, gold nib, 3 bottles of ink, and a planner. But I still love the Adventura. Cheap, writes reliably, and it's just a good pen all around.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 18:08

I have one of these pens as well. I was actually quite surprised at how well it writes for a cheap-o pen. It lays down a nice smooth line every time that I write with it. I have yet to purchase a converter for mine but appreciate the listing of the part number earlier in the thread. I think that this pen is perfect for the new fountain pen user, and can definitely kick off an expensive new addiction!

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 19:47

The Aventura is also my first FP.

I really don't have too many issues with it, except that it started getting a bit scratchy after a little bit. It could be the fact that I was writing on cheap lined paper in the middle of a lecture, but whatever. It still writes fairly well for me.
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#26 jhazelwood

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 00:45

I gave my Aventura to one of my Employees so that his wife could try it out. I had lost this pen for over a year and gave it to him last week. I haven't missed it at all, it writes well but I always wind up inky due to that slick section... lol

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 20:13

Just wondering if anyone has the definitive answer as to which convertor - screw in or push on - should be used with the Aventura?

I've seen recommendations for both, but my experience is that since fitting the push on convertor the pen leaks ink all over my fingers when I write.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 20:40

I've got a push in converter in mine, works fine!

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 23:28

I've got a push in converter in mine, works fine!

Hmm... glad yours is working, might just be my pen which is the problem.

It's a shame because it's a nice looking pen, just a bit too lightweight for my liking.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 11:21

Indeed. A VErY lightweight pen.

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