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Cross Pen Refill Guide (Step-by-Step Instructions)

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Need a Cross Pen Refill?


Do you want to write like a president? Then put a Cross pen in your hand. 

A.T. Cross is the long-term supplier of engraved U.S presidential writing pens. Used to sign legislation from 1974, Cross manufactures the quintessential writing implements for pen enthusiasts. 

Cross pens are an American staple and a favorite for both corporate and personal use.

You may have received an elegant fountain or ballpoint pen as a gift - or perhaps you’ve invested in one for yourself. 

But what happens when the pen ink runs out? With prices up to $150 for a higher-end ballpoint pen, there’s no way you’re throwing it out

The solution? Find a Cross pen refill that matches the ballpoint pen. 

It might sound easy, but with different sizes and types, you must choose the correct refills. This will ensure the highest writing quality and keep your pen in the best condition. 

Let’s guide you through the different types of pen refills, and the process of refilling the pen correctly

From Cross ballpoint pen refills to Cross fountain pen refills, keep reading to get in the know before your next refill. 

Do I Need My Own Cross Pens?


Well, yeah! If you don't have one yet, check out our wide selection of Cross pens.

These writing instruments are a favorite for pen enthusiasts and provide luxury writing. 

They are known for being balanced, with smooth ink flow. They can also improve your writing style, making it neater. 

These writing instruments have a lifetime quality warranty, meaning you will need a consistent supply of ink, depending on your usage. 

You may use a ballpoint pen daily and a fountain pen for special occasions.

Alternatively, you could give a rollerball pen as a gift, along with the ink refill. They are easily customizable so they’re the perfect corporate or family gift. 

Whatever your usage, refills are a necessity for every Cross pen owner.  

How Do I Open and Refill a Cross Pen?


Luckily, every Cross pen—from the Calais Chrome ballpoint pen to the Century II Black and Gold Rollerball—opens the same way. Whichever type you own - ballpoint pen, fountain pen, or rollerball - these simple steps will help you open the pen safely and easily:

  1. Hold the pen half an inch from both ends. 
  2. Pull gently to remove the top half of the pen. 
  3. If it seems stuck, twist the two halves while pulling.
  4. Hold the pen straight with the pen tip facing downwards. 
  5. Turn the old refill counterclockwise to release it. 
  6. Pull the bottom half up to remove the refill from the barrel. 
  7. Make sure you have the correct refill by comparing it to the old refill.
  8. Insert the refill with the pen tip first. 
  9. Turn the refill lid clockwise to secure it. 
  10. Align the top of the pen with the bottom at the midsection.
  11. Turn the top half clockwise for half a turn.
  12. The refill should come out of the barrel of the pen.
  13. Confirm the pen is working by scribbling on a piece of paper. 

    By following these steps, you can open and refill your pen without difficulty. 

    Now, what's next? Let’s look at the different types of refills.

    Cross Refill Size Guide


    To be sure you have the correct refill, you may need to confirm the dimensions. 

    Use the simple guide below to check pen ink refills.


    Pen Type
    Pen Ink Refill Length
    Pen Ink Refill Width
    Tip Length
    Cross Ballpoint Pen Refill 116mm 5.5mm 9.8mm
    Cross Fountain Pen Refill 42mm 7.6mm 5.1mm
    Cross Rollerball Pen Refill 111mm 6.4mm 21.7mm

    Cross Ballpoint Pens Refill


    Cross ballpoint pens, like the Classic Century pen, are high-quality pens and reliable and the best for daily usage. 

    The ballpoint is one of the most popular types of pens, so a ballpoint pen refill is usually in high demand. 



    Some of the pros of the ballpoint pen include:

    • No mess 
    • Low maintenance 
    • Affordable 
    • Lightweight 




    A few of the ballpoint pen cons include:

    • Messy ink blobs
    • Not good for long writing sessions

    So how do you go about a ballpoint pen refill? Simply make an order online for a ballpoint refill and wait for quick delivery.

    This Cross Ballpoint Pen Refill fits any ballpoint pen and can be inserted using the steps above. The ballpoint pen ink color refill comes in either blue or black medium.


    Cori in irmo customer review

    Cross Fountain Pen Refill


    A Cross fountain pen is the ultimate connoisseur’s pen. Take, for instance, the Cross Townsend Fountain Pen - the ‘pen of presidents’. It has a well-made nib, and the fountain pen ink is easy to refill.


    Cross Townsend Fountain Pen
    Cross Townsend Fountain Pen



    The pros of using a fountain include:

    • Dynamic, smooth lines 
    • High-quality & stylish 
    • Platinum-plated 




    Some cons however are:

    • Requires maintenance 
    • May leak ink on the paper

    To refill this pen, separate the two sections as above and insert a universal fountain pen ink refill. This refill pen ink cartridge should work for most types of Cross fountain pens, in a blue and black medium.


    Donald J customer review
    Customer review



    Cross Rollerball Pen Refill


    Rollerballs are a combination of a fountain pen’s smooth ink and the tip of a ballpoint pen. They are equipped with a lid instead of a click mechanism. 

    One of the most popular rollerballs is the Cross Classic Century Ballpoint Pen. A timeless pen, it is both lightweight and solid, exhibiting unrivaled quality. 



    Here are the pros of a rollerball pen:

    • Allows for fast & neat writing
    • Comfortable to use
    • Requires less pressure to write




    The cons of this pen are:

    • May cause smudging (especially for left-handers)
    • Releases a lot of ink so will run out quickly
    • If uncapped, may bleed ink onto clothes

    By following the insertion procedure, you can use generic rollerball refills that fit most pens. If you buy a pack of two, you will have a backup refill in case your ink suddenly runs out.

    Ray H customer review

    Customer review


    These Cross pens refills are offered in blue and black; plus, you can get a discount on bulk orders at Dayspring Pens.


    Cross Brand Selectip Rollerball Refills

    Cross Brand Selectip Rollerball Refills

    Find the Correct Cross Pens Refill


    A Cross is an investment that lasts you a lifetime - if well taken care of. If you try to force an incorrect refill in your pen, you may cause irreparable damage. 

    Take some time to find the correct Cross pen refill and keep your pen flowing smoothly.

    You may be wondering, where do I find the correct refill

    We at Dayspring Pens offer a Cross pen refill with quick delivery and discounts on bulk purchases. 

    If you have not yet taken the step to buy your own Cross, look at our high-quality options, along with the opportunity for free engraving. 

    Our writing instruments have made our legions of clients very happy. Why not join the club?

    Nancy H customer review


    Shop online and order your pen refill today.

    And let us know about where you found the best Cross pen refill in the comments section below!

    • I have a Cross Bailey, cross ball point pen, black lacquer ATO455-7, I need a fill for it but I can’t find out how to order one, can you help me?

      Donald R. Cook on
    • Hi,
      I have a cross pen and the refill says 0.7mm 0512. I cannot find that number anywhere for a new refill as my old one dried up on me.
      Can you tell me which refill I would need please and also what my options are? Thank you!

      Brian A. on
    • I’m also looking for the cap part for both my Silver Striped & Gold Stripe Century Pens. I’ve been looking in the various resale apps & either the piece has a horrendous logo from some company I’ve never heard of (& these logos don’t pop off I found out; surely there must be a way to remove them as they’re probably Monkey-Glued on & not soldered!) attached to the pen pocket clip or the Seller wants more for just the cap part (& it still has a logo on it!) than I could pay for an entire Century Stripe pen/pencil set.

      There is one that is promising, but the Seller & I don’t know if this would work. He has the cap part to the matching mechanical pencil & says “they both work the same way; you have to twist the cap to advance the lead or ink,” but he doesn’t have a Century pen to try that out on. Do any of you know if this arrangement would work or not?

      I did call Cross about purchasing just the ends to these pens but was (very rudely & snottily) told “We don’t sell half pens!” with no recommendations as to whether any stores in my city, who carry Cross Pens would be able to accommodate me. I was hopeful when I found out Paradise Pen Company carried Cross Pens & they offered to put my half-pens on display asking customers if they had complimentary pieces they were willing to sell to the owner of the half-pens,, but after 5 years & no help from their other customers, they asked me to come pick them up.

      & Now, just so ALL of you know, Paradise Pen Company has gone out of business across the entire U.S. (I think), possibly the entire world if they had stores in other countries; please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m heartbroken as I no longer know who sells Cross Pens in my City. Do you think a jeweler would be a good place to ask?

      Do any of you collectors have pieces your willing to part with at a reasonable price? IDK if I’m allowed to ask that question in this forum or not, so I will say “Mea culpa.” ahead of time if the answer is “No.”

      Any suggestions for any of the subjects I brought up would be appreciated. Thank you to the Forum Moderator & to anyone that knows the answers to my questions.

      Pamela on
    • I have some really old Cross pens from the late 70s & 80s, possibly early 90s as well. I don’t have the boxes for them anymore & have even lost the pencil half of some sets. The Blue Refills look like they say “1009,” though one newer pen looks like it says “9805.” The Silver striped Century pen has a number on the Front Section around the chrome silver writing end, but it’s too small to make out with my old eyes, even with a strong light & magnifying glass. A decorated middle piece gray pen has the # “5995.”

      The Solid Black & Gold Striped Century Pen Refills say “Medium 1000,” while I actually have the box for one that’s probably a newer pen (the Cross Care & Instructions has the latest address, but still has the old phone # that started with +1 (401) instead of +1 (800) & it’s Refill # is “3502” per the box.

      They’re all Medium Point Pens & really, I could care less about Blue Refills, preferring them to be all Black. Can anyone tell me if these pens have a universal Black Refill, since they’re all going to be Medium/Black Refills, or if no Universal Refill will do, what # Refills I need to order?

      But going by the Care & Instructions booklet & what I’m not finding online, I don’t know if 1) they’re roller ball or ball point

      Pamela on
    • Hi Kim,

      Happy to help! The porous or felt tip refills are the same shape and size as the Cross Rollerball refills. Try searching for Cross Felt Tip Refills and just make sure the are the same style as the rollerball and your refill should fit.

      Samantha Di Nardo on

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