The Cross Aventura is the first fountain pen I could actually get to write for me. I'm left-handed. As far as I know, I was already 32-years old when I saw my first fountain pen – probably a Mont Blanc. Knowing my uncle's penchant for the finer things in life, I figured it must've come from either the Civil War or even the American Revolution. A Thomas Jefferson fountain pen to go with his personally autographed copy of the Declaration of Independence. Prized almost as much as the thank you note William Paul "Bear" Bryant once sent him. I figured fountain pens probably hadn't been made since California statehood. So my uncle gave it to me to try. I couldn't get it to write. "That's crazy – it's the smoothest writing experience you can have." Well, I couldn't get it to write. He ended up giving me a Mont Blanc rollerball.
The price for the Aventura was too good to pass up – on sale for under $10 or some ridiculously low price like that. "Looks like fountain pens have been made in modern times – how strange." So I just had to try one. I couldn't get it to work. I got frustrated, so right before I was going to throw the pen away, I held it "backwards," and began to doodle – not expecting anything to happen. But there it was! Writing! And smooth as silk, too! I'll alway have my three Aventuras – black, blue, and red, and each with its own personality. The Aventuras love it when my boys and I come to visit and doodle every once in a a while.
Qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur.