It was only years later, as my interest in writing instruments was rekindled, that I learned about the maintenance needed to ensure a functional fountain pen.
Perhaps the Cross Century should be considered a false start; while my interest in fountain pens remained I had not yet found the correct combination to make me want to use use one every day.
The reboot of my interest and awareness of pens began with a couple of postings in a technology blog I follow daily from Shawn Blanc and his excellent site Tools and Toys, which talks about well designed gadgets and software.
It was Shawn's blog about the Signo DX that had me ordering the first pen I consciously wanted to try. A few weeks later, Brad Dowdy's guest post expanded my interest by suggesting a few more gel pens; Pilot Hi-Tec-C and Zebra Sarasa Clip. It also introduced me to Jet Pens, a US-based web reseller specializing in Japanese pens and paper products.
I re-entered the fountain pen waters with Brad's Pen Addict review of the Platinum Preppy, in April 2012. The coup de grace was another Tools and Toy's guest post by Brad where he provided recommendations for three levels of fountain pen users; Lamy Safari, TWSBI Diamond 580 and Pilot Vanishing Point - The Tools & Toys Guide to Fountain Pens
An entire world of writing was opened up to me. I had a place to begin, with helpful friendly experts and web stores that carried these recommended pens (and more) - things would never be the same ....