It always happens that in the middle of the most important note, sentence, signature, novel, assignment, love note... the pen dies. Cross AT wants you to pay $3.75 for the privilege to refill your snazzy Ion pen. I think not! Not after I saw these Staples Mini Gel Stick pens
. A pack of 12 is only one quarter more and probably were birthed at the same factory in China as the Cross refills.