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Cross C-Series Review.


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#1 drgoretex

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 21:51

About four months ago, I posted my initial review of the Cross C-Series Carbon I has just acquired. One of the mods asked me to repost here for the index, so I figured I'd re-review four months into its use.

My initial impression of the pen (taken from my first review):

Well, it finally arrived, my C-series Carbin fine nib. Took a long time...in fact I had to send a note to the seller after a week and a half to remind them to please ship. After that, they shipped relatively quickly.

First impression: beautiful. Stunningly 'cool' pen (yes, I think 'cool' is a reasonable description). It has a nice weight to it, so it is not for those who prefer lightweight pens. It has a sound, solid, well-made feel to it.

Body: The pitted body gives it a very nice 'techy' look (OK, not really sure that's the best word), and nive feel and grip. The indentations on the top and bottom of the pen also give it cool mechanical look. The clip is spring loaded, and feels quite solid and secure. The threaded cap comes off with a half turn, easy to put on and take off. It posts easily with a very satisfying 'click'. The grip on the nib assembly has a layer of that 'grip' rubber you see on cheap pens, which I am not especially fond of, but is not too detracting from the overall quality.

Nib: not quite as impressed at the look of it, as it is a relatively small unimpressive looking nib, and looks for all the world like a steel nib. But, it isn't, it's an 18K nib. I have the fine point, and I REALLY like the line it lays down - thin, a typical finer end of western fine, with a fairly rich line, though not TOO wet.

Ink supply: came with a couple of black cartriges, and oddly, no converter. The cartriges,, which I assume are standard Cross cartriges (this is my first Cross FP) are small, and I don't expect they will last a day. But, I usually syringe-refill at work anyway, so shouldn't be a big problem. Still, would be nice to have more ink capacity.

Overall: I really like this pen. I suspect it will see a lot of use, though not sure which pens to displace in the rotation...

Hope this is of help to others.

Ken


So here are, four months later. As it happens, this pen has seen a lot of use, I still very much enjoy using it, and it still feel very 'cool' to me.

The pen has a wonderful 'techy/industrial' look to it. It is heavier than the average FP, with solid metal parts. The nib still has a wonderfully smooth feel to it, and lays down what for me, is the perfect wetness - not too wet, not too dry.

The barrel and cap material is really quite stunning (as you can see in the pics), and has a great feel to it as well (we all know that much of what we love in a pen is tactile...).

The cap to barrel thread is robust, not easily damaged, and is a single half-twist to remove/replace. Yet, it does not come loose. Further, the cap snaps posts onto the barrel end nicely as described in the first review.

Without further babble, some pics:

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Hope this helps.

Ken

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 19:36

Good looking pen.

But, like the lamy 2000, you have to get over the look of the nib. Nothing fancy looking even though it is 18k
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 05:48

Under appreciated these Cross pens I think. I have a Century FP, I think that's the name, someone gave me with a big ole honking Broad nib. They didn't want it so after rolling around in the drawer for...you know the rest...I got it. What a fantastic pen. Cross took it back, replaced the nib cause someone messed with it, tuned it up, and gave me a converter. For free!!! Holds its own with the big boys.

To the review, we're on the same page with our thoughts. I like the way this pen looks and is designed, looks Italian somewhat, no? Your pictures represent the pen spot on. Cross will be a player for a while, shame not too many know they manufacture fountain pens and other decent pens besides those blasted little Century ball pens everyone receives as gifts.
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:30

Thank you for the review, I like the elegance and simplicity of the design. :thumbup:
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Posted 05 June 2015 - 19:25

I use this pen daily at work. Love it but alas it is broken (still using it though).

The threads in the cap have shattered and it is going to have to be sent in to be repaired (if they still can).

Over time I think the rubber grip, on the lower pen body, expanded for it has been getting progressively harder to screw the cap back on. Finally the threads gave up and fell out in bits. :unsure:

Hopefully it can be repaired as I really like it as a work pen.

Here's hoping.



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Posted 13 July 2015 - 19:16

Alas they no longer can repair my pen. Which leads me to the question as to why they stopped making this fine pen after what seems like such a short manufacturing run?
Rather short sighted in my opinion as it really is a little gem (although at about 50grams a heavy little gem).
Anybody know someone who can still repair out of production Cross pens?






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