The Cross Century II is the last of our newly offered Cross brand of pens at Gouletpens.com for this summer, and this Quick Look video should give you a pretty solid overview of the model. Cross pens in general are for the working professional, the brand name is recognized by many in the corporate world. Even beyond the status, these are nice writing pens that legit fountain pen users will enjoy.
|Classic Black (steel nib), $120|
|Lustrous Chrome (steel nib), $95|
|Medalist (steel nib), $120|
|Royal Blue (steel nib), $110|
|10k Gold (18k nib), $310|
|Sterling Silver (18k nib), $320|
The Century II is on the thin side, identical in the grip to the Cross Botanica. The pen is metal except for the grip which is plastic and fluted in texture, which gives it an interesting feel that will be a matter of personal preference whether you like or not.
It weighs around 22g give or take a couple of grams depending on the finish, with about 8g in the cap. This makes the pen pretty light when unposed, and when you post it the pen feels slightly backlighted due to the lighter plastic grip near the nib and metal cap. Honestly though, it's not that significant, I didn't find it to be troublesome.
Nib options are both stainless steel and 18k gold, depending on the finish you're buying. Both nibs are offered in fine and medium, and they actually write fairly similarly to each other. The Cross Townsend that I reviewed previously had a much wetter 18k nib, but these 18k nibs on the Century II are slightly smaller than the Townsend's, similar in size and writing width to the steel nibs on the Century II. Both nibs are fairly generous with ink flow, and will write consistent to most other wet European nibs like you'd see from Parker, Waterman, and Lamy. I didn't feel a lot of spring in the 18k nibs, they're fairly stiff, and all of the nibs are quite smooth with just a touch of feedback.
The cap is a snap cap, push to post. There's a bit of a stopping point you hit when capping the pen, it needs just a little extra "oomph" to get it on all the way. It's not hard to do, just something a tad unexpected. After doing it once or twice I got used to it right away.
The Century II takes Cross proprietary cartridges or a Cross screw-in converter. Cross does not normally include a converter with any of their pens, but we just felt that a pen in this price range should have one, so we're including it at no charge at our store.
The prices vary a bit for these pens due to the difference in cost of the steel and gold nibs, and the variety of finishes. You'll pay $95-120 for finishes with stainless steel nibs and $310-320 for 18k nibs. You can find all of these available at GouletPens.com, along with additional pictures, technical specs, and product reviews.
Thanks for checking out the Cross Century II, I'd love to hear your feedback and questions in the comments below!