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Cross Metropolis Nib Question: Gold?


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#1 MxMJ

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 18:42

I have a Cross Metropolis on the way to me, and the nib does not quite match what I'm seeing in my research. It has the skyline engraving but also appears to be hallmarked 14k or 18k gold? The other Metropolis nibs I've seen are all gold plated steel with no hallmark. 

 

It is the gold plated and black model. The pen is boxed and has the original barcode label on it, but none of the numbers make much sense to me.

 

Any ideas? Possibly an up-market model? I can take some pictures tonight if anyone is interested.



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Posted 05 March 2018 - 23:11

If there's a model number on the box, e.g. "31[digit]-8[letter]", you might be able to find a description in a Web search.  I only know of steel nibs with 22k gold plating.

 

Here's mine.  Do you see more on yours?

 

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 23:59

I just got it from the mailbox, it does indeed have an 18k gold nib.

 

The model number is 316-8M18.  As another clue, it was purchased from Levenger who I know has released some odd versions of pens from other companies in the past.

 

 

 

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 06:10

Okay -- I think 316-8 means a Metropolis FP with 23k gold plate and black lacquer, M is the point size (as shown on the nib itself), and of course, the additional 18, which I hadn't seen before!  Very nice, and the vintage Cross logo is great.  Congrats!


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 15:58

Yeah, thanks, the model number now makes sense to me. The pen is identical to what I am seeing for 316-8M, except for the 18k nib which explains the 18 at the end of the model number.

 

I haven't been able to find any others like it though. The full model number doesn't return any results via google, which is sort of crazy. 








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