How Much Are Cross Pens Worth in 2023?

By Daniel Whitehouse

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How Much Are Cross Pens Worth in 2023?

By Daniel Whitehouse

If you've been in search of a luxury pen,  you've come definitely come across the brand name Cross Pens. There are some of the best-selling pens in the world. However, you must have wondered about the Cross Pens price.

We're going to answer that question.

Why are we asking this question? Because it seems that there's either too much or too little talk around the pen brand. On one hand, purist pen lovers often look down their noses at Cross. On the other, big name vendors over-exaggerate the value of Cross writing instruments.

Some readers might not consider luxury pens worth it in general. However, instead of answering the big general question, we want to focus on Cross in particular.

So without further ado...

How much do Cross Pens usually cost? 

Cross Pens price range by pen model, writing tip style, and construction material.

Cross pens have many different lines of pen designs. These range from luxury pens like the Peerless 125 to economy lines of high-quality metal pens like the Calais.

As far as writing styles are concerned, fountain pens tend to be more expensive than ballpoints. However, rollerballs tend to split the difference.

Finally, construction materials: sterling silver or 10k gold pens are obviously going to run much higher than a chrome plated pen.

All that said, here's a short list of some of the best Cross pens and each of their price ranges from ranked from lowest to highest:

  1. The Coventry: $27.49-$44.09
  2. The Calais: $28.34-$73.49
  3. The Classic Century: $37.79-$199.49 (The Classic Century has the most variations of style so its worth exploring all your options here).
  4. The Bailey: $46.19-$104.99
  5. The Tech2: $36.74-$38.49
  6. The Tech3+: $59.84-$68.19
  7. The Century II: $77.69-$151.79
  8. The Townsend: $104.99-$482.99
  9. The Peerless 125: $188.99-$657.29

"Why are Cross pens so expensive?"

man holding engraved Bailey Medalist Ballpoint pen with engraving

$657.29 for the most expensive cross pen, huh? Besides Jeff Bezos, who even has the cash to blow on a pen like that?

Well, clearly a great many people find luxury pens at that price well worth it.

Consider the fact that Montblanc, one of the most well-respected luxury pen brands in the world, doesn't offer a fountain pen cheaper than $500. In that light, a $40 pen obviously isn't even in the same universe.

We're talking about two different strata of luxury pens, one of "luxury" in the full, Montblanc-esque sense and one of luxury in a more qualified sense.

Cross pen lines span both sorts of pens, but they principally land in the second. One might call these kinds of pens "professional pens" or merely "high-quality pens" if "luxury pens" feels like an exaggeration.

But, to answer the question, the Cross Pens price is as high as it is precisely because of their design, writing tip style, and construction materials which we mentioned previously. And the most expensive are going to be gold fountain pens.

Are Cross pens real gold?

Yes! 10k and 23k gold pens from Cross are plated in real gold. Almost all, however, naturally make use of other sorts of metals and plastics; some (particularly, the Peerless) have more gold than others.

So... Are they really worth the money?

The short answer is yes.

The long answer really has to do with what you, the shopper, need from a pen manufacturer like Cross.

If you're looking for something in the Montblanc range of luxury pens... well, there's Montblanc (While the Peerless is a great pen, there's just a thousand more options out there to consider before going with a Cross pen).

However, if you're looking for a high-quality writing experience with a lifetime mechanical guarantee for an affordable price, then Cross is a fantastic option for a pen company.

Plus, you can get very close to the fine Montblanc experience without paying the $500 price tag for it.

Top 3 Cross Pens Worth Your Money

To the above point, here's three different options from the A.T. Cross company that we think are worth buying.

They aren't ranked from worst to best; rather, I mean to set them out as three separate options for different sorts of pen buyers.

3.) The All-Around: The Classic Century Ballpoint Pen 

hand holding engraved Classic Century black ballpoint pen

The Classic Century collection from Cross has the widest variety of quality pens for a spectrum of writing experience. This wide range makes it appealing to pen buyers of all kinds, making it our #2 most popular pen and one of the best Cross ballpoint pens out there.

The slim, solid barrel design makes it seem unobtrusive, subtle, but still elegant. It's a pen that means business without being shouty or obnoxious.

The Classic Century chrome ballpoint pens price start at just $37.79 while the 23k gold version of the pen cost around $160.

Be sure to also shop the pen's other writing tip and nib styles, and check out the other color options including the black and gold rollerball. 

2.) The Professional Economy Line: The Calais Chrome Ballpoint Pen

 

engraved Calais Blue and Chrome Ballpoint Set on top of binder

The Calais ballpoint in chrome is our most popular pen by far.

The Calais has one of the lowest Cross Pens price in the line, and the medium barrel makes it both comfortable on the hand but also a grand surface for the eye: it's large enough to engrave a decently visible business logo onto it making it perfect for bulk business gifting.

The reflective, silver sheen of chrome makes this pen stand out without giving you buyer's remorse.

1.) The Reasonably Priced Penthouse: The Century II Rollerball

 

engraved Black Century II Rollerball in display case

In design terms, the Century II is closely related to both the Classic Century and the Townsend. It's like the middle ground between them.

In particular, the black lacquer rollerball is one of the best models available in the $100 price range. Also check out my review of the Century II fountain pen model; it rivals a lot of other nib pens in the $300 range.

I hope these buying options present a good place to start, but you can also check out our entire selection of Cross brand pens for more.

Other Frequently Asked Questions...

Are vintage Cross pens worth anything?

One of the most frequently asked questions about Cross pens has to do with the vintage pens from the late-19th and mid-20th century Cross co. pen lines.

Cross was founded circa 1858, and so there are some Cross pens which collectors greatly covet, especially the old stylographic pens that the founder, Alonzo Cross, famously patented.

The online fountain pen community generally considers vintage Cross fountain pens to be extremely rare; it's likely that the earliest one was the Century I, the precursor to the popular Century II.

The company made a pen commonly known as the "Art Deco" pen in the 1930s but set aside the role of manufacturer of the fountain pen until the early 1980s in favor of rollerball and ballpoint pens. There are very few fountain pens available which were not manufactured before 1982.

The value of Cross's older ink pens varies as widely as its contemporary line of pens; seeing as we're not necessarily the authority on old pens, you might instead check out Collectors Weekly or other vintage sellers market.

How do you date an old Cross pen?

Dating a Cross pen can be a bit of an adventure; the simplest way to do it is to check the user manual and see if the year of manufacture is printed somewhere within it. These are often kept under the satin lining in the pen box.

On the actual pen, however, you can check the top of the pen cap, right above the clip, and there maybe be some markers like a manufacturer number which can give some indication.

The same can be said of the pen nib if it's a fountain pen, but as we said, if you find a fountain pen, it's likely not from between 1930s and 1970s.

Another way to get a good grasp on the date is to find a book on vintage pens and compare your pen to ones you may find within.

Conclusion

 

Deluxe Cross Pen Box exchanges hands

 

 

Clearly, Cross pens are far from being the Aurora Diamante, but no one is pretending otherwise‚ÄĒespecially not Cross. The brand presents an affordable entry into the world of luxury pens. But how much Cross pens are worth really depends on the kind of buyer you are; that's why you should check out our guide to choosing a luxury gift pen.¬†The purists simply do not have the final word on Cross.

That said, be sure to also shop Parker and Waterman brands for other high-quality and luxury writing instruments.

Now it's your turn: What's your opinion on Cross company pens? Which pen do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

daniel

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.

16 Comments

I have several both ones and pencils and a couple are not operating well. I know they are not heirlooms but do sappreciate their quality and wish to keep them in working order. How do I get them restored to working order. I also have a fountain pen (my favorite) that seems to want to underperform it’s original quality. It stops up almost immediately after replacing an ink supply.
Can you help me ?

Tom Conway

@PETER MORRISON Unfortunately, I think that Cross is currently not manufacturing the Cross Slim Gel Rollerball Refill needed for the Cross Click pen. I know a few years back they stopped making the Click as a Gel and exclusively made it into a Click ballpoint. I am not sure if manufacturing of the Slim Gel refill will begin again anytime soon (or ever), but you might be able to find a generic version of this refill!
The pen will take the Cross Slim Ballpoint refill which should still be in stock/more easily available.

Samantha Di Nardo

Need a clickpen gel refils Black or Blue, seem to be unavailable in my area, Leeds,England and seem to be out of stock online too, there are no specialist pen shops or suppliers at all for Cross products

Peter Morrison

I have what appears to be a 60’s era felt tip marker/pen. I am having difficulty finding a refill. Any Ideas?

Michael Smegielski

I have 2 cross pens, how do i find out what they are worth

Samantha d

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