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