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Cross Townsend Black Lacquer Finish.


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#1 chrisispringles

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 22:26

This is my first pen review so go easy on me.

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#2 ThirdeYe

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 22:50

Great job on the review! :)
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#3 lovemy51

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 23:39

nice review! i have an all metal one (don't know if nickle plated or what have you... i'm not an expert on Cross [not an expert on much :embarrassed_smile: ])... anyways, my point is that i'm very happy with mine even with a steel nib. solid, well built pen with a nice M nib.

enjoy yours!!

#4 FLJeepGuy

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 23:44

Excellent review! :thumbup:

I've had a Townsend (black lacquer, gold trim, medium 14k gold nib) since the early 90's. It was my first fountain pen and I used it exclusively for about six years before I started acquiring other FPs. It's still tied for first place with my Grandfather's Parker 75 Cisele as my favorite pen. The Townsend is nearly always inked and right now is here on my desk filled with Private Reserve Black Magic Blue. It's truly one of the best writing pens in my collection.

Edited by FLJeepGuy, 01 November 2011 - 23:45.

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#5 amble63

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 13:12

Congratulations on your pen. The Townsend is a lovely pen and, in my experience, a very reliable writer.
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#6 jkingrph

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 15:22

I have one of the Townsend models in the Titanium finish, which I find a bit slick and shiney, but it still writes nice. I have two of the Century, or Century II models, one in black lacquer, the other 14 kt gold and although I generally like a bigger pen, prefer them to the Townsend, especially the one with an oblique nib.

The one that got me started was a ladies model I got as a set for my wife. It is what I would call a marbled red lacquer finish and I was very impressed with how well it wrote, smoother than some of the Montblancs and Parker 51's.

As nice as they write I am suprised that they are not more popular, especially conisdering their modest price. The only downside in my opinion is the super trim modern look, which they have had for a long long time.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:06

Nice review. The Townsend is one of my all time favourites and best writers.

The lifetime warranty does cover the nib, as long as the nib was not damaged due to obvious abuse or misuse.

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 07:55

For a dozen years now, two Cross Townsend (USA made) are my "always inked" ready to go on my desk fountain pens.  The others (Montblanc, Pelikan, Bexley and others, if I keep them) just come out for special occasions.  Like Christmas card writing when I need a change of pace.  The Townsends are solid, reliable, clean easily, ink easily, smooth, flexible, and just plain fun to write with .  And, they match my favorite ballpoint pens.  You guessed it: USA Cross Townsends.  


Edited by Raymond3, 15 August 2014 - 08:05.


#9 Art

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 10:28

Nice review. I don't have a Townsend but they're high on my want list. 



#10 Raymond3

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 00:21

Nice review. I don't have a Townsend but they're high on my want list. 

 

Hi Art,

 

Keep an eye out on E-Bay.  Great condition used ones come pretty regularlly.  Often, they are not listed as being Townsends, because the seller dosen't know.  Those often have the best deals.

 

For me, The nib thickness is larger than the normal Japan made pens.  With ink that has an easy flow, i often use an XF for writing, or note taking.

 

Also, look on the back or top of the barrel for one made in the USA.  Of the hundreds that I have tried, those usually have better quality control, fit etc.  The caps and nibs fit tightly, etc.

 

Good Hunting.








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