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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 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 ballpoint to fountain and rollerball pens, keep reading to get in the know before your next refill. 

Do I Need My Own 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 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 owner.  

How Do I Open and Refill One?

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

Ballpoints, like the Cross Classic Century Ballpoint pen, are high-quality 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.

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Cross Compatible Ballpoint Pen Refill - Generic

This Cross Compatible 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
Customer review

Cross Fountain Pen Refill

This is the ultimate connoisseur’s pen and results in elegant penmanship. The Cross Townsend Fountain Pen - the ‘pen of presidents’, has a well-made nib and 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: 

  • • Vulnerable, breakable tip 
  • • 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

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

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 refills for Cross pens and keep your pen nearly brand new.

So 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.
Engraved Cross Pens & Sets

Shop online and order your pen refill today.