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#1 fiatboy


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:04

I have just joined "The Network" and my user name is fiatboy.  I have a 35 year old plastic Cross fountain pen that I think is done for!  I think I'll send it back to Cross and hope for the best: The inverter leaks and even when I put a cartridge in it, it still won't write.  So I guess I'll probably need a new pen.  I do not know if this is the correct category on which to post such a request for advice.  I'd like to spend no more than $75 (for a new one). I'd like a fine point and a metal barrel if possible.  And, oh, yes, I am left handed.  A little help anyone?

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 10:40

Greetings and welcome to FPN. If I were you I would buy a nice old Parker 51.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 12:19

Welcome home.  Pull up a stump and set a spell.  Hang loose until you hear from Cross.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 13:22

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 13:36

Hello and welcome from Baton Rouge, Louisiana...Enjoy your time here

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 16:00

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#7 Danno44


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 23:01

Hello fellow Michigander!

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 00:39

Possibly Cross Solo?  Plastic with gold furniture.. Very nice nib from Pilot. 

A fairly lightweight pen, so if you view photos and determine yours is a Solo, that gives you some idea if the weight preference in your next pen.

Nib options for left-hand - fielded by others. 

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 02:37

Hello back from Tecumseh, MI.  If that pen is a Solo, I have a spare nib you can have.  A fine.  Nibs on these pens run on the fine side, because they are made by Pilot.  A converter can be bought on ebay or from Cross or from a lot of pen supply stores.  The nib is friction feed.  Pulls straight out and pushes back in. 


I am left handed.  I like dry ink, like Pelikan, Any nib will do, but broad nibs wet ink for your hand to glide into. 


The Parker 51 recommended by Mitto is my favorite pen, with a fine nib.  I have used it since 1970.


Good luck with the Cross.

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 17:23

Welcome !  


Let's reserve decisions, until there is more information.  


Unless there is damage, cleaning might be the remedy, as well as a new converter.  FYI:  ink cartridges can be refilled.  Meanwhile, make note about your Cross pen.  What do you like about

it ?  What would you change ?   Your conclusions can serve to narrow the selection of the next pen.  


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 09:55

A bit late, but: Hello and welcome to FPN, from Cape Town, South Africa.

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