In 1846, the Cross Pen Company emerged as the leader in fine writing instrument manufacturing. From their first elegantly crafted silver and gold cased wooden pencils to the world’s first 21-carat solid gold pen, Cross has demonstrated their ambition to offer the best and most innovative writing tools to makers, artists and musicians worldwide. Their commitment to quality is most recognisable in their business practices; for instance, when the ballpoint pen was first developed in 1945, Cross chose to wait another 8 years to launch their own version with better paste ink. The company is constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to pens, pencils and ink and their ingenuity is tangible in their products. We’ve chosen Cross as a BuyMeOnce brand not only for their commitment to quality, but also for their lifetime guarantee. Their warranty protects your writing instrument from manufacture and mechanical failures regardless of its age, and they also offer plenty of replacement parts to keep your pen or pencil in tip-top shape. The Townsend lustrous chrome fountain pen is the quintessential statement of style and confidence. For those who value individuality and impeccable style, Townsend embodies classic American elegance and finesse. Inspired by the graceful lines of 1930’s Art Deco design, with distinctive finishes, precious metals and the signature double band, Townsend delivers a lifetime of smooth, effortless writing. No wonder it’s the pen of choice for several American Presidents! This pen features a highly polished chrome finish with 23 Karat gold-plated appointments.