What on earth is wrong with me?
I worked with a bunch of American guys in the late 70s and to a man they seemed to have this very elegant looking ballpoint pen in their shirt pocket. It didn't take me long to find out the make and more importantly they were available in Saudi where I was working and at an extremely good price. Bought one, lost one, bought one etc., but have always had one to this day. The present one I have had since 1987, only surpassed in terms of service by the Papermate my Grandmother bought me in 1976.
Go forward a couple of years and Cross have introduced the Century Classic fountain pen without even bothering to tell me . I only saw one for sale in 1983 when I went to purchase yet another ballpoint to replace the latest lost one. I'll give it a try I think to myself. 10K rolled gold just like all my ballpoints - a perfect match.
For some reason which is obscured by the mist of time I didn't really get on with it and like so many other things was consigned to the "too good for the garbage bin" drawer. A few years ago I came across it and thought I'd give it another go, what a revelation. I was now firmly back on the FP track and enjoying it. The nib is beautiful, so smooth it's like writing on silk.
I can hear the cries now and I wholeheartedly agree, IT'S A NAIL!!!! but it is lovely to write with and I cannot imagine a smoother nail.
I've got to say that I love nibs with flex and have a lovely Osmia 663, Swan Mabie Todd, Parkers and quite a few Pelikan 400NNs etc. but I still can't resist the Cross Century which gets as much use as the others.
This has now led me to purchase even more and I now have 5 of them, 2 x 14K, 3 x 10K, 2 x F, 3 x M.
What should I do next?