Cross� Aventura Fountain Pen, Medium Tip, Blue/Chrome Barrel, Black Ink
I have many many Cross pens and other pens as well. including Montblanc's.
This Cross pen while made in plastic is actually very well put tougher, I have about 2 other Cross fountain style pens that are from various years and I expected the same high quality from this one as them, while the others are made of 14K gold and this one is merely plastic (which is indeed odd for a Cross) the nid and well of the pen are the quality I'd expect.
Cons if any would just be it's too bold. I use a fine style Fountain pen which is around .6M this is a bold 1.0M which really is just not my style. But when I am looking for a bold pen this does the trick.
As I stated, I'm not new to Cross pens so the proprietary ink bottles are of no shock to me. it's actually really common for almost every pen to have their own style bottle or refill.
Bottom line, I do really like this pen. and it is what I expected. if I wanted a nicer one I understand you must pay a nicer price especially from a brand name like Cross. again the only thing I can't get along with this pen is it's just far too bold for every day writing. for me at any rate.
October 7, 2014
Bad quality, not worth it
The nib writes well from the start, but the pen only accepts brand-name cartridges. The case of the pen is all plastic, and even melted / reformed in my car! It only gets about 90 degrees but for $40 dollars a pen should not melt or end up bent after a day. If the rest of the pen was metal I'd probably be singing a different tune. But I'm returning this ASAP and getting something else.
August 22, 2014
overpriced for the quality
the good thing about this pen is that nib is good quality and it writes well immediately. the bad things about this pen are just about everything else: it retailed for $37 at my local store, which is way overpriced for the quality. The nib is metal but everything else is plastic. The cap, so important for balance while writing, will not stay on the barrel and flies off. It comes with a gift box which doesn't justify the price. If this pen cost $15 or even $20, I wouldn't have complained. But over $40 (incl. local taxes) is far too much. I couldn't return it since the package had been opened, but there was no way to see what kind of quality it was without opening the package.
July 20, 2014