Long time company A.T. Cross, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island announced that it sold its pen division to Clarion Capital Partners for 60 million dollars. As one of the few American companies to design and manufacture pens, it came as a bit of a shock to those collectors who put Cross at the top of their want list. However, the sale of the company doesn’t mean the end of the world famous pens and although there is no word from Clarion on the direction they will take with their new writing instrument division, you can expect they will work hard to keep the Cross name in the categories associated with quality and excellence, since quality and excellence are exactly what this company has been known for since their founding in 1846.
Founded by Richard Cross, the company initially made silver and gold pencil casings – a skill passed down through a family that made their way through the world as jewelers. After a successful stint with these products, the company was passed down to Alonzo T. Cross, which is where the ‘A.T.’ comes from in the companies name. Alonzo grew the company by developing a new array of products that included some of the first mechanical pencils and stylographic pens.
Throughout its history, the A.T. Cross Company manufactured and sold ballpoint pens, fountain pens and rollerball pens in addition to mechanical pencils. They also pushed forward into personal, branded business accessories, which included reading glasses, sunglasses, and other executive gear. Their following in this category grew with each year until Cross became well-known around the world for elegant products built to last. Ultimately, Cross became known as a quality product with writing instruments priced in the mid-range.
The Spire Collection is all about style. With these slender, attractive pens you are sure to turn heads and garner a few questions. Each pen in this collection has a toothpick body that still carries a bit of heft to the hand. They come adorned in black, gold and silver with diamond appointments. Not to garish, but just enough pizzazz to make sure people notice. Each comes with a deluxe gift box and refills. Take one of these high-society writing instruments for a spin across some parchment and you will never write the same.
Cross pushed the envelope on multi-function pens when it introduced its Tech 4 Multi-Function Pen series to the world The simple barrel, designed with a Townsend-style profile puts it head and shoulders above most other multi-function pens. The four-function multi- writer’s smooth revolving mechanism makes switching from blue, red, and black ballpoints or 0.7mm pencil quick and easy. A color-coded inset on the front lets you know at a glance which point you have selected. An innovative auto-propelled pencil eraser automatically pops up out of the pen’s top when the pencil is activated. The Smooth Touch finish is comfortable in the hand, highly durable and slip resistant. The Tech 4 makes multitasking easy and reliable.
Cross has a penchant for slim and attractive. Not one to dwell on the girth of their pens, they have no problem giving their collectors a pen that you have to wrap your hand around to use. With the Century II collection, they have created a pen that combines an enlarged barrel and single-band cap. It even adopts the Classic Century’s famous conical top. However, the Century II stands out from the rest with its popular medium-diameter design. This popular finish of the striking two-tone metal is guaranteed to please. It combines polished chrome and 23-karat gold plating.
The Cross Apogee illustrates what truly fine pen design can accomplish; a grand writing instrument that pen aficionados and dedicated Cross owners will covet. At first, the Apogee seems clean and simple, but look closer and you notice a strong resemblance to something traditional, refined, and romantic. Each pen is hand polished and protected by multiple coats of water clear lacquer. The Apogee Collection is a great pen for everyday use, with the looks of the boardroom lifestyle.