Cross Classic Century Lustrous Chrome Ballpoint Pen

Last updated date: September 28, 2020

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9.0

Cross Classic Century Lustrous Chrome Ballpoint Pen

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Overall Take

This pen has a nice smooth feel that suits its metallic profile. Refills are available and they are very long-lasting. Overall, this is a solid writing implement that looks great on any desk.


In our analysis, the Cross Cross Classic Century Lustrous Chrome Ballpoint Pen placed 3rd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Perhaps our most well-known pen, the Classic Century has been an icon of American design and innovation since 1946. Classic Century symbolizes the spirit of entrepreneurship and the will to succeed.

An Overview On Pens

We’re deep in the information age, and as the name implies, we have more ways to communicate than ever before. We text, we post, we send voicemails and emails — and those of us who use voice assistants may not even have to lift a finger to do any of them.

But if you’re trying to get your thoughts recorded quickly and with style, there’s still no better way to do it than with pen and paper. If you doubt the enduring popularity of the old reliable pen, just look at the range of products out there. Entire aisles of office supply stores are devoted to them, from disposable ballpoints to sleek executive vanity pens.

So what’s the right pen for you? Those who use pens regularly will tell you there’s no “best” type of pen. But there is a best one for your particular writing style.

Ballpoint pens have been around for a while, and they are still among the most popular. That’s largely because of the oil-based ink, which dries quickly on most any type of paper. The tip (or nib) at the business end of these pens is a ball that rolls along you write, creating friction which allows the ink inside the chamber to flow out. While cheaper pens of this type can blotch a bit as the ink chamber empties, decently-made pens are usually fairly consistent. one thing to watch out for is durability: Dropping the pen directly on its tip will damage the ball and render it useless pretty quickly.

Rollerball pens work much the same way but use a water-based rather than oil-based ink. That creates a bolder and darker line, which is great for those who prefer more of an expressive look. On the downside, this ink might bleed through if your paper is thin enough, and tends to dry less quickly. (Left-handed writers, in particular, want to watch out for this, as their hand may drag across their writing and smudge the ink.)

A more recent type of writing implement is the gel pen, which also uses water-based ink. In most pens, it is a thicker formula that goes on smoothly with a certain feel that users swear by. The formula also holds pigment better, so you can find gel pens in a range of different colors. Smudging can be a problem with cheaper pens of this style, and they may run out of ink a bit quicker.

There are also less common pen styles such as the felt-tip pen, which uses water-based ink and a fibrous nib to give an even thicker line. And of course, lovers of boutique writing can still buy old-school fountain pens. The elegant mechanism of these pens and the viscosity of the ink produces a feel that can’t be replicated, but they do require plenty of care and refills.

The Pen Buying Guide

How you write and how often your write might be big factors in determining what kind of pen you use. Where you use them isn’t usually a concern — unless you’re doing it on a plane. Seasoned travelers already know that pens can leak or even explode while in flight. This is due to the change in air pressure, which can push ink out of the pen. The pens most at risk for this are those with water-based ink, especially rollerballs and fountain pens. Gel pens and ballpoint pens are less likely to experience any severe leaks, but it can happen. You can buy pens that are specifically engineered to be airplane-safe, but if you don’t want to shell out the extra dough, you can seal your pens in a plastic bag until you land.