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Cross Aventura Fountain Pen Black/Chrome (AT0156S-1MS) $19.99 @ Staples B&M only

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Cross® Aventura Fountain Pen Black/Chrome (AT0156S-1MS)
$19.99 @ Staples B&M only

I was in Staples today and picked this up. It wasn't marked as a special sale but it was $14 less than the website. I attached a receipt pic.

It's $34 online @ Staples
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And $27 @ Amazon
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It's a good deal for this pen. However, I found all cross fountain pens to be trash. I have gone through quite a few and have settled on Chinese fountain pen bodies with aftermarket nibs and ink. Jinhao is a very popular product and has served me well. For $8 you can get the pen and for another 10 to Fifteen dollars you can get an aftermarket nib. The end result is a fantastic pen that will last a long time.
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It's a good deal for this pen. However, I found all cross fountain pens to be trash. I have gone through quite a few and have settled on Chinese fountain pen bodies with aftermarket nibs and ink. Jinhao is a very popular product and has served me well. For $8 you can get the pen and for another 10 to Fifteen dollars you can get an aftermarket nib. The end result is a fantastic pen that will last a long time.
Interesting. Can you provide a link for the pen and nib to get us started? And would you recommend disposable cartridges or an adapter?
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Interesting. Can you provide a link for the pen and nib to get us started? And would you recommend disposable cartridges or an adapter?
Absolutely. I have been playing around for a few years and this is my favorite setup.

The nib is everything. You can find a nice pen with a good weight that can't write for crap.

This is a company I have had great success with for nibs:
https://www.gouletpens.com/goulet...nibs/c/121

This is the pen I currently have. Solid brass with a black enamel coating:

Jinhao 159

I tried posting a link to eBay, but doing this from my mobile the link is at least 100 characters. It is under $5 most places.

I also use noodlers ink in a converter, but have recently switched to disposable jinhao cartridges. Noodlers does not come off of paper, but does come off skin. The jinhao will dye skin and can have a light odor. However, I have not had good reliability with converters unless I use the pen every day. The converters seize.

Noodlers Ink:
Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink - Bulletproof,3 ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MVZ...Kzb31V5AF4

The best part is that Chinese pens are cheap and you can swap nibs to your liking. It is easy to build a nice collection that writes well.
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Absolutely. I have been playing around for a few years and this is my favorite setup.

The nib is everything. You can find a nice pen with a good weight that can't write for crap.

This is a company I have had great success with for nibs:
https://www.gouletpens.com/goulet...nibs/c/121

This is the pen I currently have. Solid brass with a black enamel coating:

Jinhao 159

I tried posting a link to eBay, but doing this from my mobile the link is at least 100 characters. It is under $5 most places.

I also use noodlers ink in a converter, but have recently switched to disposable jinhao cartridges. Noodlers does not come off of paper, but does come off skin. The jinhao will dye skin and can have a light odor. However, I have not had good reliability with converters unless I use the pen every day. The converters seize.

Noodlers Ink:
Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink - Bulletproof,3 ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MVZ...Kzb31V5AF4

The best part is that Chinese pens are cheap and you can swap nibs to your liking. It is easy to build a nice collection that writes well.
Terrifically helpful post, repped.

A cheap modular fountain pen system sounds great. I'm a sucker for fountain pens but lose them at work like there's no tomorrow. Because I'm sick and tired of having them disappear, I have tried various low-cost disposable fountain pens, which cost as little as a buck a pen if you buy in quantity [jet.com]. But of course, you get what you pay for. Writing quality is inconsistent. Some write much better than others. And I dislike that I'm contributing to the durable waste problem with pens that can't be refilled once empty. Will definitely check out your system.
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goulet pens also has a series of youtube videos that are quite helpful. I've only just started trying out fountain pens and I really appreciate those videos.
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