I have a few old Cross pens and once pencil from around the 1980s or 1990s - all made in the US. Lovely, but I did notice that they were very stiff when I twist to extend the points. It's common in almost all the US-made pens I have, but nothing like the newer Cross models I have which can be twisted with ease in just one hand. Is this something that's characteristic of the old Cross pens? If not, how do I fix it? Do I need to send these to Cross?
They don't seem 'broken', just a bit difficult to open one-handedly in a hurry.
Also, I've acquired some older Cross fountain pens, and one, in particular, seems to have a cartridge in it from God knows how long. In otherwise mint condition, but I had it soaked in water for a whole day to get rid of any old ink residue, but no matter how much I run water through it, I see particles like black sand being sprayed out. Any easier way to clean pens with caked up ink inside if I don't have one of those sonic cleaning machine things?
Edited by tonydent84, 29 December 2017 - 11:28.