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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
The manufacturer is distributing a different pen/pencil set than the one illustrated and described. Cosmetically the pens are a flat black -- could be mistaken for grey; but more importantly the "pencil" is not the typical cross .05mm pencil. It is a pen/pencil combo -- you can put either an ink cartridge in it (for 2 pens, who knows why) or a special .07mm lead cartridge -- not individual leads, but a self contained cartridge physically similar to an ink cartrdige -- to use it as a pencil. Of course, you can't tell them apart when you pull one out of your pocket. One has to twist it and see what comes out - the pen or the pencil (or other pen if you go that way).

This happened to me at another large retailer (large web, lots of physical stores) so it looks like Cross is doing a number on people. Major, major disappointment.

Good luck!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
The Classic Centry set in this advertisement is not as represented. Specifically, the pencil is not the 5mm mechanical pencil as shown, but some odd sort of 7mm thing called "SwitchpIt", which allows a pen to be coverted to a pencil. When I received it I assumed that the set was mis-packaged.

Gross misrepresentation. Do not buy this unless you really want a pencil that looks like a pen with a previously unknown sort of inserts. Oh, and try buying erasers......
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2010
I've loved having a Cross pen and pencil set for many years. My 13 yr old son always liked the feel of them and I just bought him a Classic Century set. Right out of the box, the pencil won't advance the lead. Oddly, my husband was given a similar set a few months ago by his employer and it had the exact same problem, right out of the box. I was about to pay the $10 to have the first one replaced by Cross, but now I'm suspicious of the brand not being worth anything anymore. Any suggestions?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2012
Bought five sets to give as gifts and am a little disappointed. The pens / pencils kind of look cheap and the quality of the packaging is not what it used to be, even a few years ago. This is definitely not the presentation quality I remember or was hoping for. Another great brand becomes mediocre chinese crap.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2011
As other reviewers have noted, Cross has switched the pencil in this set from their classic 0.5 mm to a new 0.7 mm model, but for some mysterious reason, they have kept the old model number, which causes a lot of confusion. I wanted the 0.5 mm, not an 0.7, so I requested a refund. Amazon was very obliging. So this negative review applies only to Cross's incorrect information, not to Amazon as a merchant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2008
I've been using Cross products since a long time ago, even when I've had a set of Montblanc Pen and Mechanic Pencils, and as a gift for Xmas season, it was a very good choice. Affordable and good quality writing device.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2013
Hmmm, How to say this, I have own the 0.5mm pencil for years, the time for replacement came and I wanted it back, after some research, checking the Cross main website, I noticed certain irregularities as a result of a change in the mechanism and other characteristics as being 0.7mm one of them. Having known that, I wanted to find the 0.5mm that I had, I found this sale from Shoplet, with the image of the 0.5mm pencil, the delivered product is for 0.7mm, with a black dot at the top of it, as the Pen from the previous version.... The pencil didn't have such dot in the past... Recomendation, if you want to buy the 0.5mm like me, keep searching or give up already... If you don't mind all this about the previous Cross and the New Cross designed in USA but made in China, then buy a plastic Pen and Pencil Set, you might get a better product...

But overall, Cross have thrown out of the window the quality which had gained through years.... A shame...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2011
Cross stopped making the .5mm pencil, which I loved. I could fill it with 15-20 leads, and would be set to go for a long time. Now they only make the .7mm pencil, which comes with an expensive $8 lead holding tube, that only holds 3 leads, before needing to be replaced. I can replace the 3 leads without buying a replacement tube, but getting the pencil to operate properly again is a time consuming endeavor. If you don't put it back together just right, the tip of the pencil keeps slipping back into the pencil body, so that no lead is exposed for writing.

When I saw this add on Amazon for the .5mm pen and pencil set, I was willing to pay for the whole set, even though I don't need the pen. Instead, they sent me the .7mm pencil, which is a pain to use. Even though I am unhappy with the pencil I received, I will not be sending it back, as it is still better to write with than the cheaper pencils found in most drug store. I just wish Cross had not discontinued the .5mm pencil
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2011
i ordered this product a few months ago, and the pen and pencil are great, however the eraser refills are hard to find in stores (in fact im still looking), when i was looking for the erasers at office depot i noticed what appears to be the same pen pencil set for 20 dollars cheaper.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Rec'd this Pen as an Xmas present from my daughter. Writing w/ this Pen is smooth as silk, the grip is great. Never had a better Pen.
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