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Cross Solo XF: Kelly Green
Posted 03 July 2007 - 14:09
Didn’t think much of it. Seemed cheap, almost brittle.
Looks just fine. It reminds me a little of the Safari, in that it’s simple, lightweight, and unadorned.
The design is great. Fits really well in my hand, and is extremely well-balanced.
The steel nib is the bombshell for this one. Awesome!!! So smooth, especially for an XF! Outsourced to Pilot/Namiki, so it’s probably more along the lines of an American XXF. I believe that this is the same nib that’s used on the 78G. It’s a phenomenal writer!
Loses points, in my opinion, for the fact that the cartridge/converter is a proprietary design.
Cost and Value
For the money, you can’t lose. I got this one for (almost) free as a bonus for making a handful of purchases from the same vendor. Little did I know that it was going to be a workhorse in my collection!
If you can find one, go for it. It’s a terrific pen, it’s inexpensive, and it’ll write really well.
Posted 05 July 2007 - 23:04
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:39
Nope, same parentage, different child. The Solo is a larger nib than the G78 and has a bulkier feed. Size wise they are close, the Solo having a larger girth, slightly longer capped, slightly shorter posted.
I have had a medium nibbed Solo for many years and find it an excellent work a day instrument.
Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:50
Posted 24 July 2007 - 03:46
The green Cross converter fits my 10 year old Solo. Check with Sui at Swisher to see if it works with the newer models.
Posted 24 July 2007 - 12:01
Posted 25 July 2007 - 08:42
My daily writer for a couple of years now has been a M Solo Classic (black with gold-plated steel trim, and the older pseudo-split cap band). It has many miles on the point, and the only result is that the nib has developed a slight flexibility.
I've also filled out the point-size range with some of those same green-and-black Solos as yours -- XF (which I use for my bookkeeping), F (for non-workaday writing), B (for completion, and playing with), and an extra B that I'll grind into a F cursive italic someday. So, it's obvious I like the pen!
(Oh... and I recently picked up the same old-style Solo Classic as my "main pen" in the SelecTip version, for the times I have to use a roller. I carry both together in a Cross two-pen pouch.)
* * * "Don't neglect to write me several times from different places when you may."
-- John Purdue (1863)
Posted 25 July 2007 - 15:05
Yes, they do. I have several. One I purchased for a daily user, and several I got for gift giving. It is a great into to the FP world, and at the price I got them, a great gift.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
Posted 25 July 2007 - 15:17
Yes, they come in different colors, and I am now on a quest to collect them all. As I said earlier the winning point for me is the cap. I don't know why this feature is not available in higher end pens. Plus the fine, and extra fine nibs are really smooth.
Edited by Wizergig, 25 July 2007 - 16:45.
Posted 25 July 2007 - 16:31
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Posted 28 July 2007 - 14:49
For those that like to post their pens it has a definite click when properly seated and no danger of it dropping off unlike some pens (Balance II springs to mind).
Posted 02 August 2007 - 15:23
This is very dependable pen, it always writes on first stroke once it touches the paper. It may stay filled and unused for months and writes immediately, no drying issue at all. It can compete with pelikans, 51s and etc.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 16:08
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