Review: Cross Bailey

The Numbers:
Weight: 22.4g
Length (capped): 136mm
Length (uncapped): 125mm
Price: USD$24.95 from Goldspot Pens Body Material: Metal
Nib Material: Stainless steel
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / converter
Colours: Various

Intro:
My thanks to Goldspot Pens for sending me the Lamy Nexx for review.

This is my first experience using and reviewing a Cross fountain pen. Cross is one of those brands that has been around a long time and is more known for its more stately and business like pens. And the Cross Bailey doesn’t disappoint. It comes in a variety of colours and it even has a ballpoint version if you are looking for a matched set.

Packaging:
This is where it falls down. The packaging is a simple clear plastic box. It looks cheap and it is probably cheap to manufacture too. I know this is an entry level Cross fountain pen but even entry level pens from other brands that costs less than the Cross Bailey is able to provide a better presentation than this plastic box.

For a pen I expect to be purchased as a corporate gift, this packaging just doesn’t do the job. Just saying.

Performance:
The Cross Bailey looks like it is a fountain pen very much made for corporate gifts or in a the pocket of a business shirt. I got the red lacquer version. It is a dark maroon with silver accents. The weight is comfortable in my hand. It can be a little back heavy because of the metal housing.

The Cross Bailey is a torpedo shaped fountain pen. The widest point is where the cap meets the barrel. And it tapers down to narrower end on both sides. The clip is a simple one, with the Cross brand logo stamped into it. The tension on the clip is strong but not overly so. Both ends of the finials are a high polished silver while the centre band is textured

The cap opens with a firm tug and closes with a satisfying click. It can also be posted as well. The grip section is a smooth black lacquered texture, similar to the barrel. It tapers to a narrower end towards the nib and has a metal lip. There is no step between the barrel and the grip, making the section longer than usual if you have larger hands.

The Cross Bailey takes a cartridge and converter system. Though technically it sort of takes an international cartridge and converter do not be fooled, it doesn’t. Cross have their own converters and cartridges so be sure you have the right ones.

The Cross Bailey comes only in a stainless steel medium nib. It writes very well. More so than I am really used to, or am able to handle, especially if I filled it with a very wet ink. Lefties do take note of this. Also, I am not sure if I got a lemon. The Cross Bailey scratches across the paper when I write at my usual angle. It writes smoothly when I correct my angle to a lower one. The difference in angle isn’t too great but unnatural for my hand. When I look at the nib through the loupe the tipping off centre. I think this contributed to the problem as well.

Conclusion:
The Cross Bailey is a serviceable fountain pen. At the price point, it seemed aimed at students but the design looked like it was meant for the working adult. As an entry level fountain pen for someone trying out the hobby, the Cross Bailey does the job well.

The odd tipping issues I found in my pen could well be a one off problem. I can’t really say one way or another since I have limited experience with Cross fountain pen.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Smooth and wet nib

Cons:

  • Odd tipping issue
Posted on September 28, 2018 and filed under Fountain Pen, review.