Because of its performance, the Retro 51 Tornado with its Schmidt P8127 refill was my "go-to" rollerball and my standard for reviewing other rollerball pens. The Tornado was the only non-fountain pen I had in my rotation before I discovered the Cross Bailey and Affinity. Throughout my testing, the Cross Bailey outperformed the Tornado in every aspect and has since replaced the Tornado as my rollerball pen of choice.
The Cross Bailey comes packaged in an elegant green box with the Cross logo printed on top in silver trim. The pen is secured in the box with elastic and ribbon. There are no instructions or additional refills included in the box. For just $20, the beautiful presentation makes the Bailey a great inexpensive gift.
The Cross Bailey is very classic and fits nicely into a corporate setting. The pen offers a high-end look that typically comes with a more expensive price tag. Unlike the Cross Affinity, the Bailey has a metal barrel and cap with the option of lacquered or matte finish. The metal barrel makes it very durable so it can withstand daily wear and tear. I enjoy the plastic grip as it prevents slippage and creates a more comfortable writing experience. The grooved center band and engraved clip give the Bailey a corporate appeal.
The performance of the Bailey's gel refill really stands out! Typically, I get the most enjoyment from writing with fountain pens, but I find this pen to be just as enjoyable. Writing is very smooth and the point glides across the page with minimal effort while also producing clean dark lines. The grip is extremely comfortable and does not slip when writing, so I have not experienced any fatigue. The pen feels balanced both posted and unposted; however, those looking to post may be disappointed as the cap tends to fall off after a few minutes of writing.
Penman's Final Remark
The Cross Bailey Rollerball is an absolute joy to use and will fit well into any professional environment. For just $20, you'll receive a well-performing pen that you'll enjoy for years to come!