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What Size Of Lead Would A 1960's Era Cross Mechanical Pencil Take?



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Hello,

Just this weekend, I stopped at a local antique store and found a vintage Cross set of a ballpoint pen and a matching pencil. Since, they were selling the set for $18.00 and they offered a 30% off if I paid cash, I went for the sale. I think it was a good buy for $12.60 plus 6% sales tax!!! :)

Well, my only question is this- what size of leads did the older Cross pens come with?

Thanks, all, in advance. Have a wonderful day.

-Sid

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Probably a 0.5 or 0.7mm

 

Which model is the set? Pics?

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For a 1960s mechanical pencil, I'd expect 0.9 mm (actually 0.036").

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Guys, I would have posted pictures, that is, if I knew how to post pictures. I am such a luddite that I still use a dumb phone, actually a flip phone that Samsung no longer manufactures!!!

Anyways, the set is what Cross called the Century model, it is a slim BP and pencil set, but unlike modern Cross BPs, it is textured in that it has rings inscribed on the barrel. The dealer told me his research places the set being manufactured around 1965 or 1966.

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I'd also agree with the 0.90 mm suggestion. Take it that there aren't any leads remaining in the pencil?

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I am such a luddite that I still use a dumb phone, actually a flip phone that Samsung no longer manufactures!!!

 

Mine doesn't even fold :) .

fpn_1375035941__postcard_swap.png * * * "Don't neglect to write me several times from different places when you may."
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If there are any leads left, look under the eraser inside the barrel. .9 mm or Sheaffer leads described as ''fine''.

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Thank you for your suggestions.

There is one lead left in the pencil, and I have taken it out and compared it to my other mechanical pencil leads. So far, it looks like the suggestion about the lead being a 0.9 mm lead seems to be absolutely correct.

Thank you all very much. :)

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Cross brand 0.9 mm leads seem to readily available online.

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Pentel Ain Stein and Uni Nano Dia are the only ones I use, good value and a variety of grades.

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During what era were Cross pencils .9mm?

And I didn't have the heart to tell her why.
And there wasn't a part of me that didn't want to say goodbye.

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