Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen: Quick Look

Cross is a new-to-us brand here at, and we’re kicking off our introduction to the lineup with the Classic Century. It’s a thin, light pen that has some unique qualities to it with an simple and elegant design.

This video hits on some of the highlights, here are some of the key attributes for you to glance over.

Four colors/finishes available:

Black lacquer with chrome

Classic black with gold

Lustrous chrome


In the hand, it’s very thin, light, but very solid. You’d think with a dainty-looking pen like this that it would be fragile, but it’s pretty tough. Given that it’s so light and relatively short, it feels well-balanced no matter your hand size or how you hold your pen.

Depending on which finish you get, they weigh 15-17g, about what a Lamy Safari weighs.

Your nib options are either stainless steel fine or medium, though it’s worth pointing out they’re quite wet! The nibs feel surprisingly good on the paper though, smoother than I expected them to be and because of the generous flow it was a pleasure to write with both nib sizes.

The cap is interesting, a screw cap that is also screw to post. That makes it a little bit of a pain to post and unpost constantly, though it’s the most secure cap posting I’ve ever seen! And the clip lines up with the nib, which is a nice touch.

Now for the bummer… it only takes proprietary Cross slim cartridges because it is so thin, it can’t even fit a converter inside its tiny body. With a whopping three color options to choose from in these cartridges (black, blue/black, and blue) you’ll either be limited to a pretty conservative range of colors or you will have the opportunity to master the art of refilling your ink cartridges with an ink syringe if you want to use bottled ink! I shot a video on how to do that though, so check that out here.

The Cross Classic Century pens range in price from $50-80 depending on the finish, which isn’t a bargain but isn’t extravagant, either. I feel they’re pretty fairly priced, and if you can work around the filling mechanism limitations, you’ll have a solid writer that’s sure to be the thinnest fountain pen in your collection.

For more details and up-to-date specs on the Classic Century, be sure to check it out on If you have any questions be sure to comment below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T14:31:29+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Pen Reviews|8 Comments
  • TJ Zidaroff

    Have them, many of them, because they were give as corporate gifts for years. Way too thin to use comfortably. I have a desk drawer full of them that get no use. Too thin and have a tendency to stop writing. Sorry, but that is my experience with the Cross Classic over the past 40 years.

  • David

    Beautiful pen to hold and use. The Classic Century Medalist is the real standout in this line. One important thing to point out is that the cap posts on threads on the end of the barrel. Therefore, the clip is always lined up with the nib when the cap is posted. Unfortunately the lack of converter is a real deal killer. I was sure that by now some third-party would be making a converter to fit Cross slim pens by now, but nope. As an alternative, I suggest you carry the Cross ATX line of pens. The ATX fountain and rollerball pens are exceptional, and they take Cross standard size cartridges and converters.

  • Madigan

    Hey TJ! Thanks for the feedback. They are very thin, so if you have large hands they probably aren't the pen for you.

  • Madigan

    Hey David! We'll be expanding our Cross line to include a variety of models so stay tuned. I hear you on the lack of converter- if you like using bottled ink it can be a real bummer. You could try refilling empty cartridges with a syringe though! Just a thought. 🙂

  • Donna S. Fernandez

    I have several Cross pens, and enjoy them all with one exception. I bought a Black Lacquer with Chrome CC two years back via Cross. Finding slim cartridges is a problem, but when I find them I buy a good number so that works out in the end. I, too, am persnickety about caps lining up with the nib when posted. Well, the pen I bought doesn't line with the nib. I'm always trying to "correct" it when I write, which makes it a tad frustrating after awhile. I should have contacted Cross re the matter soon after I received it. sigh

  • David

    Hi Madigan, Yes – I refill cartridges when necessary, but it is not a sustainable practice in my experience. Removal and reinsertion of the cartridges wears them out, sometimes surprisingly fast. Do have a look at the Cross ATX line, cross converters work in the ATX. The ATX Pure Chrome is my personal favorite.

  • Madigan

    Will do! Thanks for the feedback. We'll take a look at those. 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hey Donna! That is a bummer. It can be distracting to have the nib/cap not line up. 🙁