Cross Aventura review.



This, of course, is the Cross Aventura. This is the worst pen ever made and sold widely. I’ll tell you my story.

So, about 2 weeks ago, I bought two Cross Aventuras from Staples because I found them for $15 in store. Mother of god. Never again. I wrote this out in fifteen minutes before I returned both of them for being the worst pens I’ve ever used of all time ever. I was desperately upset because I’d had Cross rollerballs before and they were very good. I knew Cross didn’t make no crap. Except for this pen. This pen is crap crap.


 Performance: 4/10. It only didn’t scratch if you write right to left, and skipped in the middle of words.

Appearance: 6/10. Looks good from far away. Only.

Build quality: 1/10. Abysmal. I felt like I was holding something at the level of a dollar store pen. I own some Hero pens that cost me less than $3 shipped from eBay. They put this pen to shame.

Refilling: 3/10. No possibility of converter. Technically, no converter works with it, though it can be modified to accept the green push converter.

Value: 3/10. It only cost me $13.50, but retail price I put it up against a close competitor, the Parker Urban, which is using a nib from a $10 pen. The Urban is not a great pen, but it blows this one out of the metaphorical water.

Conclusion: 1.7/10. Don’t buy it. No, that’s not an average. This pen is more than the sum of its parts. It’s drastically bad.

Now, for more detail.

Both of the abominations next to a Parker Urban pen, a pen close in price point.

A size comparison.

The pen in its natural habitat: about to be returned to the store. It came with black carts, and that’s it.

2 Comments on Cross Aventura review.

  1. Renard DellaFave
    June 27, 2014 at 6:50 am (4 years ago)

    The Aventura is a pretty bad example of Cross, although to be fair mine writes just fine. A bit wet for my taste but fine. It does feel very cheaply made. Sure a green piston won’t work with it? Anyway, after hearing Cross densgrated on penaddict I have to say that the Solo (now discontinued) and ATX are very nice sub $100 pens with nibs that may be Namiki made. The original Century (gold nib) was very nice too. Not sure about the $50 chrome Century Classic. The Townsends don’t appeal to me physically (heavy cap) but write well. A flaw of all of them but the Solo (threaded cap), that won’t matter to frequent writers, is that they don’t seal well and dry out if left for a month or more.


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