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#21 Nibson

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 15:56

No price limit!!
In the market to buy a pen from each different famous pen brand :D
Which Cross pen do you think is the best?
thanks lots!!!!

It might not be the fashionable choice, but I just can't see past the Century. Its simple elegance makes it a real classic. Plus they're great value right now. I recently got a brand new boxed one, (I assume it must have been old stock), with a solid gold 18k nib and 10K rolled gold cap and barrel for £60 off the bay (and it was a 'buy it now' into the bargain). To put that into context, you couldn't buy just a 14K gold nib for a Century II for that. Yet, as much as I admire the Century II, it's a nice pen, in my book it isn't a better pen than the old Century. Mine has a fine nib and it's a lovely writer. I love it, it makes me want to sit down and write. For me, that's the ultimate sign of a user and a writing instrument that are well suited.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 18:31

When I bought my Century 10K gold filled pen in 1980 I thought it was over-ostentatious. It seems conservative now. Fine nib still writes nicely.

I think I enjoyed pens better when I just used them rather than collecting so many. I just enjoyed them then. Something is lost by overdoing it.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 19:36

When I bought my Century 10K gold filled pen in 1980 I thought it was over-ostentatious. It seems conservative now. Fine nib still writes nicely.

I think I enjoyed pens better when I just used them rather than collecting so many. I just enjoyed them then. Something is lost by overdoing it.

A lot of truth in that! I like to use my pens; that's my enjoyment, not in having so many. Collecting fountain pens can be a two-edged sword! :rolleyes:
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 19:41

When I bought my Century 10K gold filled pen in 1980 I thought it was over-ostentatious. It seems conservative now. Fine nib still writes nicely.

I think I enjoyed pens better when I just used them rather than collecting so many. I just enjoyed them then. Something is lost by overdoing it.

A case of 'less is more'?

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 21:28

I agree, holding, fumbling, using the pen is what I like best. I don't collect to just look at it in some pristine condition. In fact, I prefer my pens to show the character of years of usage.
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:19

townsend for me -even if with a steel nib.
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 20:53

The Verve and the Townsend are both fabulous pens. The Townsends are built better,
the 18k nibs are essentially Pelikan 425s. The Verve has that unique look with a Namiki
nib... So how do you choose? Flip a coin and then get both!

#28 pmsalty

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:57

I have only used one, and I own it, a Apogee. It is my check writing pen loaded with Legal Lapis and a gift from my grandsons. So I'm a bit partial and will say that it's my favorite Cross fp.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:39

My favorite is the Pinnacle. Verve is a close second. Somehow I just can't seem to get the Verve tuned quite right. It's close but not quite where I want it. And it's not easy to adjust that nib.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 17:28

Being a Parker/Sheaffer guy, I still had to get my Verve Merlot. I loved the styling too much. But was surprised how it gets in the way of durability and usability regarding the cap/clip. The cap has no finish on lip its a razor, the clip is pretty unusable and plastic piece it attaches to is weak and only glued onto the cap body. I say all this because despite it all - Wow what a nice writer! As good as any, and supported by probably the best customer service in the biz of the large manufacturers. Awesome to look at, hold and write with. Just not a great traveller. I mean wow.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 16:41

No price limit!!
In the market to buy a pen from each different famous pen brand :D
Which Cross pen do you think is the best?
thanks lots!!!!


Townsend, although the sucker is a bit heavy in the shirt pocket.

Just my opinion, but I was asked what I think.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 21:38

Best Cross?
For looks Townsend definitely, if that is what you asked.
But if you want to enjoy writing with your Fp, Classic Century has few that can match the ink flow and smoothness. I like broad nibs, and have yet to write with anything better (though a few may be equals).
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Posted 14 June 2011 - 18:42

The best in my limited experience is the Solo. Superb nib. Low cost. Can't beat that combination, eh?

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 20:32

The best in my limited experience is the Solo. Superb nib. Low cost. Can't beat that combination, eh?

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The Solo is very cool and I have 3 for sale if anyone is interested. I have some of the marbled colors with gold trim. The one I have in my personal collection does write smoothly. :)
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 01:38

Absolute BEST Cross pen series is the Pinnacle -- ballpoint, rollerball, fountain pen -- beautiful lacquers, great weight, nice size and balance, beautiful nib for fountain pen! The nib section for the fountain pen and the end section for the rollerball are nicely finished unlike that of the Townsend.

My second favorite Cross pen series is the Townsend -- ballpoint, pencil, rollerball, fountain pen -- beautiful lacquers (especially the Lapis Lazuli, Jade, and Anthracite), nice weight and balance. Unfortunately, the nib section and the rollerball end section are not a nicely finished as that of the Pinnacle.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 13:58

Best Cross?
For looks Townsend definitely, if that is what you asked.
But if you want to enjoy writing with your Fp, Classic Century has few that can match the ink flow and smoothness. I like broad nibs, and have yet to write with anything better (though a few may be equals).
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I don't have any pens with a broad nib, but I do have several Century FPs with F and M nibs. I also have several Century II pens with M nibs (and a spare XF nib).

I purchased a Century FP when they were first released, and I had to go through several pens until I got a good one that wrote smoothly and had good ink flow. I'm finding that the same may be true of the Century II, because 2 of mine are wonderful and one is lousy. I bought a replacement M 18K nib for the lousy one, and it's lousy too. (I'm planning to have one of the nibmeisters take a look at it.)

I also found the Solo FPs to be quite variable in terms of how they wrote. I have a half dozen of them in different colors and I think only 2 write really well. (They were all purchased new in sealed packages, so it's not that they were used and abused before I got them.)

The Century FP is my favorite, but the C II comes close. I also just purchased a Signature based on everyone's comments here, so I'll see what that's like.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 15:28

The ATX was also very good. Reliable steel nib and beautiful design.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:22

Townsend - Lapi Lazuli first choice, or sterling silver second, solid gold (is there one still available) third provided it is high carat to be a little less harsh in colour than the bright yellow of the 10/12 carat models.

Blue Quartz looks nice too.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 22:42

Ok,
I now have all of the Cross Pens except for the 150th Anniversary Edition. What we should do is have a get together for anyone who wants to travel to the southeast massachusetts area. We can then each try the pens and discuss the merits of each... good idea?
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 23:55

Help me to pick a cross pen so I can try my 1st and price is a significant object. :crybaby:

I just got me a Sailor Med 1911 and a Pelikan M215 so it seems only right to try a Cross of a similar price range.

I saw this Townsend on the Bay as one that is < $110.00. There seem to be quite a few for a lot more and the Townsend seems to be highly thought of.
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Is this the right place for my question should I start a new thread ?

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