Cross Violet Ink

A.T. Cross Company was founded in 1846 by Richard Cross in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Cross is the oldest manufacturer of quality writing tools in America. Personally I ws never interested in their pens and inks. However yesterday during Pen Hub in Poland I had a chance to fill a pen with their new blue/black ink. As I had only one solid fill it won’t be review, more my impressions after using 1 ml of ink.

New inks come in  2oz (62.5ml) elegant glass body with a custom cap embossed with the new Cross lion logo. The new squared-off corners of the cap makes for easier gripping when opening and closing the bottle. The new bottle looks interesting.

New inks are available in six colors:

  1. Black
  2. Blue
  3. Blue/Black
  4. Green
  5. Red
  6. Violet

Blue?Black wasn’t bad so I was interested in trying other inks in the line. Some people suggested that Cross Violet ink can be treated as Lamy’s Dark Lilac Substitute. It can’t. It’s nowhere near.

Still the ink is quite ebjoyable. The flow is nice, lubrication acceptable and I would be surprised to hear about it causing problems like clogging the pen of producing feathering. It’s fairly well behaved violet ink that looks nice on most papers. I won’t buy a bottle but if you’re into purples, violets and megentas you can’t go wrong with this one.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Color range

Rhodia, Montegrappa Parola, broad nib

Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

Linen, Montegrappa Parola, broad nib

Water resistance



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