The Best Pen Accessories for your New iPhone 5S or 5C

Cross is adding style and functionality to the typical touch screen device accessory with the expansion of their Tech series of writing instruments. Newly available and on sale at our shop, these tech-friendly pens combine the inherent quality of pen and paper writing with the ability to harness the power of modern mobile computing.

Last year, Cross debuted the enhancement of their popular Tech 3 multifunction pen by adding a conductive rubber stylus crown. The dual ballpoint pen inks and mechanical pencil rounds out the other functions. The Tech 3+ is a fantastic multi-tasker for those who have a lot on their to-do list.

The Tech 2, a line of ballpoint pen + conductive stylus instruments, simplifies the pen to one allow for either paper writing or touchscreen jotting. The narrow 6mm conductive stylus allows for precise drawing, writing and selections on your mobile device.

The Tech 1 is a mobile office warrior's dream come true.  The colorful miniature stylus securely attaches to your mobile device through the headphone jack tether attached to the opposite end of the stylus. Other stylus-only devices can cost upwards of $30-$50. Cross' Tech 1 is a reasonable investment to keep your phone fingerprint free at a $10 retail price.

Monteverde, one of the manufacturing pioneers of pen stylus technology, introduces the ultimate in multi-tool pen utility with the One Touch Stylus Tool Pen.

Coming soon, Monteverde will introduce the fountain pen version of the One Touch Stylus Tool. It has all the capabilities of the original Tool Pen, but will have a stainless steel, cartridge-filling fountain pen nib instead of a ballpoint pen tip. Due to arrive in early November.


Fight the Flu with this New Cross Pen

Combat the common cold with the natural, anti-microbial qualities of this new Cross Classic Century Copper ballpoint pen.

Especially with the flu season on the horizon, it is more important to keep your hands clean from any potential pathogens. The slim profile of the professional-style Cross Classic Century is combined with anti-bacterial copper, providing a clean, anti-bacterial surface for the writer's hands.

You may have heard about the anti-microbial qualities of raw brass from the ACME Hatch pen released earlier this year. This Cross Century Copper pen replicates the same clean touch surface with CuVerro Anti-microbial Copper, which contains 91.3% pure copper. The surface is EPA Registered and Laboratory Tested, remaining effective if used as directed.

Uses standard Cross Ballpoint Refills.
Due to ship Mid October, 2013.


Coming this Halloween - Montegrappa Skull Pens

Whether you're into Ed Hardy, Harley Davidsons or the macabre themes of Halloween, the new Montegrappa Fortuna Skull Pen Design should be right up your alley. Due to arrive right around All Hallow's Eve, this Montegrappa pen gets dressed up with a pattern of engraved skulls around the acrylic resin barrel of the pen, and a large skull emblazoned on the top cap portion, positioned 180 degrees from the location of the clip. The cap band, trim and clip are all dark gunmetal colored to match the "black" theme of the pen.

The Montegrappa Fortuna Skulls design will be available in three standard modes : twist-ballpoint pen, screw-off capped rollerball pen and fountain pen fitted with a black, stainless steel nib that fills via cartridge converter.

We were just informed by our Montegrappa US distributor that the prices on these pens will come in significantly less than originally anticipated at the $600 level (fountain pen). Prices are not official yet, but we are being told the price of the fountain will be in the high $300 range, which is far more reasonable.


Sneak Peek at New Parker Pens for Fall 2013

As Summer comes to a close, new colors are usually brought to us by the changing of the leaves.  In the pen world, new colors take the form of new pen designs. Parker has brought to us the first bushel from the harvest with a new extension from their popular and affordable IM and Urban collections.

The Parker IM and Urban collections are known for their contemporary design that honors the prestige of the Parker brand for a new generation of writers. The new Premium extension of the IM and Urban pens accomplish this goal with vibrant color and style. The cap and barrel are finished in anodized aluminum to provide a satin-like tactile feel to the metallic surface. Each color was chosen as an homage to historical Parker Pens.

I'll let our readers guess the names of each of the colors. The hint is each one of them are named after a popular, historical Parker Pen.

These will be available at our store Goldspot.com at the beginning of November. We will begin to add them to the site soon to allow pre-orders.

The Urban Premium will be available as a twist-action ballpoint pen, capped rollerball and fountain pen (in medium point only, stainless steel nib). Prices will range from $37 for the ballpoint, $46 for the rollerball and $60 for the fountain.

The IM Premium will be available as a click-top ballpoint pen, capped rollerball and fountain pen (in medium point only, stainless steel nib). Prices range from $45 for the ballpoint, $57 for the rollerball and $75 for the fountain pen. Prices indicated are MSRP. Final sale prices have yet to be determined.

In case you were wondering, these new finishes engrave fantastically and make great gifts. Below is an example of our laser engraving on the Urban fountain pen.


Goldspot Giveaway Winner for Cross Classic Century 14K Gold Ballpen

Last week, we kicked off our third Social giveaway because our Goldspot Newsletter giveaway prize went unclaimed. We opened up the contest to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers. The Likes and ReTweets were a little slow for this giveaway, with under 30 total eligible, but that only means the folks who entered had a much better chance of winning this beautiful 14KT gold Cross Pen.

...And the Winner is Alan Portman from Facebook. Congrats!

We have contacted the winner via Facebook to arrange shipping this new Cross Classic Century 14KT Gold Ballpoint Pen ($137 retail value).

 Thanks to everyone who entered, tweeted and Liked! We still haven't had a response from our most recent newsletter winner for August's giveaway, so there very well may be another social giveaway in early October. If you would like the first chance at our monthly giveaway, please sign up for our e-mail newsletter.


Sneak Peek at the NEW Pilot Justus 95 Fountain Pen

 The new Pilot Justus 95 adjustable flex fountain pen will be hitting our existential shelves very shortly and we wanted to share our excitement for this unique fountain pen designed for the hardcore writer. The special feature of the Justus 95 is a tension adjuster to change your writing experience from a hard to a semi-flex nib style.

Easily turn the adjuster in the pen's section and find your writing "sweet spot" and vary your writing based upon the task at hand. If you are writing small, technical notes or mathematical equations, go to the firmest setting. If you are writing a thank you note or love letter, dial up the flex to obtain more line variation in each stroke.

For a demonstration, check out this YoutTube video below (in Japanese) to see the Pilot Justus 95 in action.

Excited about the Justus95 as much as we are? Pre-Order it NOW at Goldspot.com for a special first-come, first-serve price. We do have limited inventory coming in from Pilot that we expect shortly (Estimated date of arrival 9/18) and will ship your order as soon as they arrive.


Goldspot's Social Giveaway Cross Century 14K Gold Ballpoint Pen

Lucky for you, July's newsletter giveaway prize went unclaimed!

That means everyone with a twitter or facebook account can now enter this giveaway! The odds are certainly now in your favor to win this Cross Classic Century 14K Rolled Gold Ballpoint Pen ($137 retail value).

 Here is How to Enter (no purchase necessary) :

  1. Click over to our page on Facebook or Twitter
  2. Find the link to this giveaway post.  It should be the most recent link.
  3. "Like" or Re-Tweet the link.
...and that's it! We'll keep track of all the entries and then choose a fan using a random number generator to select one lucky winner. Deadline for Entries is Tuesday, September 17th at 12p ET.

We will contact the winner directly through either Facebook or Twitter to obtain the shipping information and send out your Cross Gold Ballpoint Pen!