I'd have to agree, here. Years ago, I bought and used to buy Cross pens all the time, but I kept losing them, and they were always slipping through my fingers, as well, which made them uncomfortable. They're beautiful, but not very practical, for me; and in my humble opinion, they don't write any more smoothly than a Zebra F-402; and, for me, utility trumps aesthetics, every time, when it comes to writing instruments. I've never been a fan of fountain pens, but maybe I'll try one out again, to see if my feelings about them have changed. That happens from time to time. As for being able to write on multiple surfaces, I love an ultra fine point Sharpie, but I only ever use them when I have to write on something that can't be written on, with an ordinary ball point pen - like my CD-Rs,or my rechargeable batteries.