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Cross Verve Radial Chrome Fountain Pen 2004-2008 A Quick Revisit


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#1 PenHero

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 11:53

Hi, Folks!

 
The Cross Verve was introduced in 2004 at invitation-only event at Le Jazz Au Bar in New York as part of a marketing arrangement between Cross and Verve Records.  Quickly after introduction, Verve was voted Best Pen, Contemporary Design in Pen World International's Tenth Annual Readers' Choice Award.  The pen was introduced in four finishes, Platinum Plated, Merlot, Selenium Blue and Radial Chrome, each finish had four nib choices, broad, medium, fine or extra fine.  The Radial Chrome pen shown here came in a highly polished chrome plated finish with progressive radial cuts in the cap and barrel.  The pen had a rhodium plated stainless steel nib and a unique press to open clip.  The Verve, a big departure from the traditional designs usually put out by Cross, was initially a hot seller, but was discontinued by 2008.   This model retailed for $175.
 
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The design of this pen will either captivate you or leave you cold.  I don't think there is any in between.  This particular design earned the name "worm" from my wife.  
 
Verve nibs are excellent writers.  Cross called it the 360 degree wrapped inlaid nib.  They were sourced in Japan.  I've heard Pilot made them, but not confirmed.  The negatives of the pen included some weakness in the plastic clip holder and the inner cap liner.  When they show up new, Verves sell generally higher than their original retail prices.
 
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Posted 24 March 2017 - 20:37

I don't know the steel nibs, but I have the 4 sizes in gold, between 3 pens..

 

They are extremely smooth, even the XF.

 

Indeed the clipholder, that is glued to the cap, is a weak point. On my Merlot it came of when I turned on my belly with it in my breast pocket.

 

Many people struggle with the "press to open the clip"-system but once you get the hang it works naturally.

 

The Verve is one of my most appreciated pens.

 

 

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 02:14

Definitely one to look for.



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Posted 25 March 2017 - 13:04

Thanks for the review! I have a couple of Verves, but not that one. Haven't written with any of 'em yet, but I'll get to 'em eventually. ;)


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 21:03

Slightly necro-posting here.

I picked up a Verve yesterday in a place that is sort of a thrift shop specifically geared to arts and crafts (I also picked up a package of Berol Turquoise 3H leads, and a little book on doing traditional Japanese embroidery).  Didn't even know what it was, other than the nib saying "Cross" on it,  but it cost a buck, so I figured "What the heck?"  

Brought it to a pen club meeting last night and people looked up info about the pen, and someone gave me a screw-in converter for it (it had a dead ink cartridge still installed when I bought it).  Mine is IIRC the Golden Shimmer (?) color, with a stainless steel B nib.  Started to flush it out when I got home, and ink came out (presumably left in the feed from what had been in the cartridge -- guessing from the color the ink is Cross Blue-Black).  

It's a little heavier than a lot of my pens, but not as heavy as the TWSBI AL-580.  The issues I'm having with it so far are:

1) I'm going to have to get used to the girth of the section;

2) ink apparently burped into the cap, so when I used it this morning I ended up with ink all over my hand from the section and those slits on the sides of the nib (as well as a ring of ink when I posted the cap -- I'm going to have to learn to hold the pen further up the section so as not to hit the side slits;

3) The ink seems to be almost *too* wet for the pen -- I had a bit of bleedthrough in my Miquelrius journal this morning, and that paper is generally pretty good for FPs.

What really shocked me was how big of a sumgai I apparently was (better bang for my buck than even the Parker 41 for 50¢ at an estate sale... :lol:).  Clearly whoever donated the pen to the store had no idea of what they had or how valuable it seems to be (at least if you believe the listing Montgomery Pens has on eBay at the moment for one the same color as mine, but with a medium nib -- the price they're asking just FLOORED me :yikes: ; I paid less for a Pelikan M405 Stresemann).

No pix yet (sorry -- I've been having problems with the heat and humidity, and my sinuses have decided to go into overload  :(); I'm hoping to get some taken this weekend.  

But overall, my quibbles are fairly minor -- after all the pen only cost me $1.07 US when adding in the sales tax; people at the meeting last night were jokingly offering me up to 20 times what I paid for it....  :rolleyes:

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 21:42

For some reason, certain discontinued Cross models have skyrocketed in price.  The Verve and Pinnacle are examples.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 14:43

For some reason, certain discontinued Cross models have skyrocketed in price.  The Verve and Pinnacle are examples.

 

 

I have had a couple of Verves, sold them both and like a fool regretted selling both of them. They had their design faults with the clip and some people reported a loose fitting cap but the nib made up for this.

 

And is there a more modern design than the Verve?


How many people does it take to comment on a question on FPN? One to give advice and make suggestions. Another one to repeat everything that the first poster has said. Fourteen to share their own experiences of their pens and comment on how the original advice was flawed.
Seven who just want to increase their post count. One to say that they have no regrets about doing anything and people should follow their example. Another to say that if there is anything wrong with the pen it is just down to using Diamine Shimmer ink. Six to argue over whether its a worth doing anything with it and the OP should just throw it away and buy their Parker 51. Another six to condemn all of the above as being  stupid and anyway they would rather be on FP Geeks. One to say that the pen is cheaper where they live. Five people to post pics of their own pens. One to say that if the OP had Faith then the pen would work - and gets banned very quickly.

Finally, one to close down the thread because it has lost its way.
 


#8 JonathanBarboza

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 06:24

When i bought an entire collection from a fellow some years back, it happened to have a platinum plated Verve in it.  I think it is a pretty cool pen.  Though, if I only had one pen or a few pens, I would stick with more classic designs.


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