How to Open Your Cross Fountain Pen

So you just bought your first A.T. Cross fountain pen, and you’re about to unbox it. This is so great! If you’re like me, unboxing can be a really exciting moment. It’s especially exciting for someone new to Cross pens. If you’re not like me, and unboxing means nothing to you, then enjoy some helpful tips about Cross fountain pens contained in this article. 

Here are some things to remember before getting started:

Every Cross pen product comes with three things:

  1. 1. Your pen
  2. 2. A Cross gift box
  3. 3. An outer protective sleeve

A quick note on box styles

Cross Basic Gift BoxBasically, the fancier the pen you ordered, the fancier the box that comes with it. If you ordered a ballpoint made of chrome or something similar, chances are your pen will arrive in a small case (2 ⅝- x 6 ¾-inches) with a fully removable top.

Luxury Gift BoxIf you bought a ballpoint in 10K or 14K gold, black lacquer, or pearlescent white, it may arrive in a bigger box (4 ⅛ x 7 ¼-inches, only a little smaller than a cigar box) with a hinge top. These larger boxes also come with a foam protector on the inside and a neat little booklet on the Cross brand. But let’s get back to the fun part.

Unboxing

Start by removing the protective outer sleeve by sliding the box out of its open side. Now, you’ll get to see Cross’s signature branding style: a black and gold color palette which really makes their iconic lion logo stand out (marketing and graphic design nerds take note!).

Once you’ve got the protective sleeve off, go ahead and open the gift box. Inside, you’ll find your very own Cross fountain pen held in place by a fancy ribbon (but really by conveniently hidden elastic strings)


Take it in

Definitely don’t waste any time checking out your new fountain pen and getting a feel for it. Remove it from beneath the elastic and test it out. The ink cartridge is located beneath the cushion; just look for the yellow ribbon at the bottom right corner, and lift it up. 

Take a moment to examine your pen. What makes it different from other pens you’ve used? What stands out in its design? How does it feel in your hand?

Now, I hope you’ve got paper nearby, because one really frustrating experience is having a new fountain pen and no paper for trying it out. Cross fountain pens use water-based ink which means it doesn’t require a whole lot of pressure to make a line. Get used to how the pen behaves on the page, and be careful not to press too hard or else ink may bleed through the page. 

Now that you’ve unboxed your new Cross fountain pen, enjoy! A new fountain pen, whether it’s your first or a new addition to a grand collection, is sure to bring you or someone you know a small measure of joy. Getting your pen personally engraved by Dayspring Pens might just bring a little bit more.