7 Best Cross Ballpoint Pens

By Daniel Whitehouse

Cross ballpoint pen personalized pen

7 Best Cross Ballpoint Pens

By Daniel Whitehouse

If you're in search of a Cross ballpoint pen, but don't know which one is best for you, we want to help!

Cross is a popular, high-quality pen products brand with a number of classic pen designs. We, at the Dayspring Pens shop, are the largest vendor of Cross pens, and our service goal is to help every customer find the best ballpoint pen for them.

Cross's ballpoints are a lot more popular than their pens with other writing tip models like fountain pens and rollerballs. So in order to assist each customer shopping for Cross ballpoints, we've compiled a list of the top 7 ballpoint pens based on popularity, price, and key design features.

In addition, be sure to explore our other ranking lists for the overall best Cross pens and Cross gold pens.

Here's the short version for the ballpoint pens:


Let's take a closer look; in this list, I'll offer some helpful information on each pen, one by one.

7.) The Townsend Cross Ballpoint in Black Lacquer and 23k Gold Appointments

Townsend Black Lacquer Pen with Gold Plated Trim

Number 7 in our list of the cross ballpoint pens is Townsend.

The black Townsend is a fine Cross ballpoint pen. Despite its steep price tag, the high-quality construction materials and iconic design paired with the signature Cross ballpoint refill results in the pen-of-choice for numerous Presidents of the United States.

It's the type of pen that says, "I've got the money; I've got the time."

Here's a short list of the Townsend's main features:
  • Twist-action ballpoint
  • High gloss black lacquer barrel and 23 kt gold appointments with black ink
  • Ships in a deluxe Cross gift box
  • Personalization appears gold
  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
  • Perfect for career milestones, birthdays, anniversaries, and promotions

6.) The Bailey Medalist

Bailey Medalist Pen

Number 6 in the list of Cross ballpoint pens is the Bailey Medalist ballpoint pen.

The Bailey medalist is one of the more recognizable Cross pens in chrome and gold; you can probably even find one of these pens in Office Depot.

A medium Cross ballpoint pen like this is one of the bang for your buck buys: it's got a lot of class for not too much cash.

What's more, these pens not only make great personal daily writing pens, but also make fine promotional items.

See if the Bailey is right for you with some information on its main features:
  • Twist-action medium-sized pen barrel with ballpoint tip
  • oil-based black ink
  • Takes standard Cross ballpoint refills
  • Polished chrome body and 23 kt gold-plated appointments with black ink
  • Ships in a premium Cross black gift box
  • Engraving shows brass
  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
  • Perfect for colleagues, corporate logos, birthdays, and congratulations
Learn More: How to Get a Ballpoint Pen to Start Writing Again

5.) The Tech3+—Translucent Red

Cross Tech3+ Translucent Red Multifunction Pen Custom Engraved

Next, the 5th best Cross ballpoint pen is the Tech3+ in translucent red.

The Tech3+ isn't strictly a ballpoint; it's a multi-functional pen featuring two different ballpoint tips—one black, one red—along with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil tip.

With a twist of the barrel, the different writing tips retract in and out consecutively.

Above all the other Cross ballpoint pens, the Tech3+ is the type of writing instrument crafted with innovators and progress-oriented thinkers in mind.

Additionally, it's a staff favorite at Dayspring Pens and my personal pen of choice for my crossword puzzle, especially because of its fine tip ballpoint.

I give this multi-functional pen 5 stars!
Here's the breakdown:
  • Black ink ballpoint, red ink editing pen, 0.5 mm pencil with eraser, and stylus tip all in one finely crafted design
  • Twist-action, medium-sized barrel in translucent red finish
  • Ships ready to give in a Cross pen gift box
  • Laser engraving shows silver
  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
  • Also available in blue and chrome
  • Gift for student, graduate, editor, educator, or crossword puzzle enthusiasts 

4.) The Coventry Blue Ballpoint Pen


 Cross Coventry Blue Ballpoint Custom Engraved

Coming in fourth in our list of Cross ballpoint pens is the Coventry ballpoint pen.

Different from any other brand, Cross ballpoint pens span a wide price range from below $30 to well above $600.

The Coventry ballpoint is at the lower extreme of that spectrum; it offers the most accessible entry point into the world of fine luxury pens.

Only available as a ballpoint pen or a ballpoint and mechanical pencil set in Chrome, this item has the feel of a reliable, expensive pen without the sometimes ludicrous cost.

It is best for corporate gifting to your professionals.

The Coventry has:
  • Medium sized twist-action Cross ballpoint pen
  • Compatible with standard Cross ballpoint refills and 0.7mm lead
  • Available in Black, Red, or Blue finishes with chrome appointments
  • Comes in a basic two-piece Cross brand gift box 
  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty by Cross 
  • Popular gift for women, men, graduation, administrative assistants, and corporate orders with a logo
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3.) The Classic Century in 23k Gold

Lustrous Chrome Cross Classic Century Pen & Pencil Set

The number three Cross ballpoint pen is the exquisite Classic Century 23k Gold Ballpoint Pen.

The most iconic of all the Cross ballpoint pens, the Classic Century offers a slim barrel, low profile, and textured ribbing along the barrel, all covered in the luxury of 23k gold.

Its a small pen jam packed with some classic style.

The feel of the medium point tip writes as delightfully smoothly as the twist mechanism slides into place.

This pen offers a huge variety of color finishes and writing styles from which to select. See it with gold appointments, satin black finishes, translucent blue lacquer, shining shimmering chrome splendor...Heck, there is more variety than an episode of the Gong Show.

In addition, Cross offers a Chrome Classic Century pen and pencil set. It comes with 0.7 mm lead and an eraser under the cap. The ballpoint pen is compatible with the standard Cross ink refill. Click here for more on Cross pen and pencil sets.

What makes the Classic Century a classic:
  • Twist-action ballpoint
  • Lustrous chrome finish with black ink
  • Ships in a premium Cross gift box
  • Custom engraving shows light brass
  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty by Cross
  • The traditional gift for graduations with styles and finishes from budget-friendly to highest of fancy pens

2.) The Calais in Chrome

Engraved Cross Calais Chrome Ballpoint Pen

Next, the #2 Cross ballpoint pen is the chrome Calais ballpoint pen

This is far and away the best selling pen we have at Dayspring.

Why? Because this Cross ballpoint pen was made to be a perfect middle of the road pen - the perfect size for text and logo engraving, a perfect medium barrel to fit any hand, and medium point black ink refills for a perfect, consistent line.

Different lacquer finishes from red to black are available at the same affordable price generally coming in the $30s range. Quantity discounts will get an even lower price.

It can be a hard search to find ballpoint pens that are made for everyone, but the Calais has the best results.

Here's some info on the main features of the Calais:
  • Twist action ballpoint
  • Lustrous chrome finish with black writing ink
  • Comes in a Cross pen gift box
  • Personalization appears as a light brass
  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
  • Great gift for men, women, graduation, business, and corporate orders with a logo

1.) The Century II in Black Lacquer and 23k Gold Appointments

Century II Black Lacquer Ballpoint Pen

The #1 pen to close out our list of Cross ballpoint pens is the Cross Century II. This Cross ballpoint pen is about as delightful as you can get.

Somewhere between the Classic Century and the Townsend, the Century II blends the low profile and elegant lines of one with the pronounced cap and professional finishes of the other.

The oil-based ink tip of the ballpoint refill offers almost the same writing experience as the select tip rollerball so every signature and jotted note feels quality.

The timeless, classy Century II has the perfect weight for comfort without feeling hollow or cheap and the finishes are chef's kiss.

Honestly, this Cross ballpoint pen gets you exactly what you pay for...excellence.

Key features of the Century II:
  • Twist-action ballpoint
  • Glossy black lacquer finish and 23 kt gold-plated appointments with black ink
  • Ships in a premium Cross pen gift box
  • Personalized engraving shows gold
  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
  • Great gift for men, women, career milestone, promotion, birthday, and anniversaries


That's our rankings for the best Cross ballpoint pens out there. We at Dayspring Pens spend quite a lot of time with Cross products and are excited to share the information we have learned.

Cross craft historic pens whose classic style and consistent service make them well earn the title of professionalism they built their brand on.

Now it's your turn!

Let us know in the comments which Cross ballpoints you prefer!


Daniel Whitehouse is the President and CEO of Dayspring Pens. He uses his expertise with premium writing utensils to create exceptional, intentional products and craft easy-to-understand articles that help both new and experienced users learn more about their writing tools. He lives in Virginia where he and his wife are raising their four children.

To learn more about him and his insights about custom engraved gift pens, follow Daniel on LinkedIn.


@BelindaBonilla Sorry to hear you are having a hard time getting in touch with Cross. If it is any help, we sell Ballpoint, Rollerball, and Fountain Pen Refills for Cross.

Samantha Di Nardo

I love Cross Pens. Abd have several.

The only problem is you cannot get refills. You cannot even get in contact with the A T. Cross manufacturer.

Belinda Bonilla

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