There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.
William Makepeace Thackeray
There comes a time in one’s life when one must use a fountain pen; whether it was during your school days or adult life, using a fountain pen is pure joy.
In most cases, using a fountain pen is to discover your personal handwriting. A technique that takes time to master. Even myself, I have a lot to learn. Thus, I envy other people’s handwriting. How do they keep the consistency? The simple answer I guess is Practice! “Practice makes perfect!” The most used, yet somewhat annoying phrase of a person’s life.
When I get the time to write, I love using my fountain pen, especially when it comes to writing in my journal. So for my first fountain pen review, I would like to share with you one of my favourite pens, the Cross Affinity (Crimson).
Wrapped in gloss and Hollywood glamour, Affinity masters the mix of vintage looks and a lightweight modern feel. Dashing, distinctive, and brilliantly bold. Cross
Cross Affinity is a beautifully designed fountain pen, made entirely out of Crystalline Resin. There are three types of colours to choose from: Opalescent Black, Crimson Red and Jewel Blue. As a person who hates making decisions, choosing a colour fountain pen took a long time indeed. In the end, it was between the Crimson Red and Jewel Blue. Being a female, I ended in choosing Crimson Red. Although the Jewel Blue looked slightly more tempting. The Crimson Red is a gorgeous dark red fountain pen, that now lies upon my desk, waiting to be picked up and written.
The Cross Affinity also features a twist-off cap. So a simple pull would not do the fountain pen any good. In fact you could damage it.
Another design disadvantage is the material. Although the fountain pen is light, the Crystalline Resin on the pen looks too thin, which may cause the pen to crack in certain places.
When it comes to comfort, a lightweight fountain pen is definitely considered. The Cross Affinity, without a doubt is light. With the cap posted, the pen does add more weight, but doesn’t lose the overall balance. Thus, you could easily write more, without tiring the hand.
Considering that I have smaller hands than the average European person, the Cross Affinity fits perfectly. In actual fact, it is a lot harder to find gloves that fit me, than it is to find a fountain pen.
One of the most important features of a fountain pen is the nib. The nib comes in all different sizes, but the main sizes are: Fine, Medium and Broad. I have always preferred a Fine nib myself. The nib size would also depend on your handwriting style and font size. The Cross Affinity fountain pen comes with a stainless steel nib. A simple, yet elegant style nib; although not as beautiful as other nibs I have seen in the past.
The Fine nib is somewhat smooth. However, it is fairly scratchy at times, which you do comes across with using Fine nibs than the standard Medium. Additionally, the nib is not as smooth as a traditional gold nib, i.e. a Sailor fountain pen.
There are two ways to fill a fountain pen with ink. You could use ink cartridges, which Cross has supplied; providing you with the main primary colours: black or blue. Or, which I prefer, you can use the converter. Therefore, you will be needing bottled ink. A simple twist of the converter suctions up the ink from the bottle. A not so messy task, providing that you have paper towels (not tissue) to clean your fountain pen of excess ink.
One of the main advantages of using a converter, is that you can use any coloured ink that is available. There are a wide variety available for fountain pen fanatics. However, you will need to clean your converter before using different coloured inks. This is to stop your pen from blockages and supply a maximum flow of ink to the paper.
Fountain pen offers a range of prices, ranging from the extremely cheap to the shockingly rare and expensive. As a result, a fountain pen collector could spend a lot of money on purchasing their favourite pens.
The Cross Affinity fountain pen costs £66 (RRP). Although you can purchase it for a lot less online. I believe I bought it for around £40. Is it worth the price? For the writing performance, yes indeed it is! For the materials that was used to make it, perhaps not.
If you would like to buy the Cross Affinity fountain pen, then I would suggest this UK website: PenFountain. However, most fountain pen stores should stock the Cross Affinity.
This is a beautiful fountain pen that writes very fine. If you are looking for a fountain pen under £100, then I would consider purchasing a Cross Affinity. However, there are many better fountain pens out there for a more reasonable price and probably better material.