The Ultimate Guide to Cross Pen & Pencil Refills

Are you unsure which refill you need for your Cross pen or pencil?

This ultimate Cross refill guide shows you every refill that Cross makes for their pens and pencils, which pens they fit and alternatives from other brands where available.

This includes ballpoint pen refills, rollerball pen refills, fountain pen ink cartridges, bottled ink, ink converters, erasers for mechanical pencils, and pencil lead refills.

The Ultimate Guide to Cross Refills

Table of Contents

1. Cross Ballpoint Pen Refills

Cross makes three different types of refills for their ballpoint pens. These are their standard ballpoint refill which fits most of their ball pens and is sometimes referred to as the Cross Classic ballpoint pen refill.

Then there is the Cross Mini ballpoint pen refill, a standard D1 refill used in their multipens.

And last but not least, the Cross Slim ballpoint pen refill will only fit Cross Click & Spire ballpoint pens.

Check out our Complete Guide to Cross Ballpoint Pens for more info on the different pens.

2. Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refill

Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refills

Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refills are their standard refill that fits most of their ballpoint pens.

The refill is available with a fine or medium tip and a choice of black, blue, or red ink.

Cross ballpoint pen refills are a bespoke size designed explicitly for their ballpoint pens and therefore do not fit any other brand of pen.

At the end of the refill is a color-coded plastic adapter with a screw thread to secure the refill in place. The advantage of this refill mechanism is that you are not dealing with any springs that could fall out.

2.1. Cross Classic Ballpoint Refill Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Fine – Black – Cross Product Code 8514
  • Fine – Blue – Cross Product Code 8512
  • Fine – Red – Cross Product Code 8515
  • Medium – Black – Cross Product Code 8513
  • Medium – Blue – Cross Product Code 8511
  • Medium – Red – Cross Product Code 8515
  • Broad – Black – Cross Product Code 8101
  • Broad – Blue – Cross Product Code 8100

2.2. Cross Classic Ballpoint Refill Pen Compatibility

Cross Classic ballpoint pen refills can be used to refill the following ballpoint pens:

  • Cross Classic Century Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Century II Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Townsend Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross ATX Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Peerless 125 Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Bailey Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Calais Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Beverly Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Tech 2 Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Coventry Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Nile Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Stratford Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Aventura Ballpoint Pens

2.3. How to Replace a Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refill

Replace Cross Ballpoint Pen Refill

Simply follow these six simple steps to quickly and easily replace a standard Cross ballpoint pen refill.

  1. Retract the pen tip by holding the barrel and twisting the cap.
  2. Then pull the pen cap away from the barrel to reveal the end of the refill.
  3. Twist the plastic adapter anticlockwise to unscrew the refill from inside the barrel of the pen.
  4. Remove the old refill and insert the new refill.
  5. Twist the plastic adapter clockwise to screw the refill into the barrel.
  6. Then push the cap back on the barrel.

2.4. Alternative Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refills

If you are looking for an alternative refill to use instead of the Cross Classic ballpoint pen refills, then there are a couple of options,

These are made by the U.S based manufacturer Monteverde and the German specialist refill manufacturing company Schmidt and Fisher Space Pens supply a pressurized Cross refill.

Monteverde Alternative Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refills

Monteverde Cross Ballpoint Pen Refill

Monteverde makes a medium and broad alternative refill for Cross ballpoint pens. It is a metal refill with a color-coded screw-threaded plastic adapter that screws into the barrel of the ballpoint in exactly the same way that genuine Cross refills do.

Monteverde refills use “Soft Roll Ink Technology,” a very low viscosity ink sometimes known as hybrid ink. This type of ink is very smooth flowing and glides more easily across the paper than traditional ballpoint pen inks.

Check out our guide, Ballpoint Rollerball or Gel Pen, for more information on the different types of pens and inks.

Monteverde Compatible Cross Ballpoint Pen Refills Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Medium C13 Refill – black, blue, blue-black, brown, green, orange, pink, purple, red.
  • Broad C14 Refill – black, blue.

Schmidt Alternative Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refills

Schmidt C600 Cross Ballpoint Pen Refills

The German-made Schmidt C600 ballpoint pen refill is the other alternative that will fit Cross ballpoint pens. It has a medium tip and is available in either black or blue ink.

Schmidt white labels their refills, meaning they will sell them branded with another manufacturer’s name and supply refills to many big pen manufacturers.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Schmidt Pen Refills for more information.

It is unlikely that you will find anyone selling a Cross alternative refill with Branded with Schmidt C600, but if you look on Amazon, you will find companies such as Europens and Jaymo selling Cross-compatible ballpoint pen refills.

These are, without a doubt, manufactured by Schmidt, and sometimes they hint at the refill’s origins in their descriptions by referring to high-quality German ink.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Pen Refills for more information.

Fisher Space Pens Alternative Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refills

Fisher Pressurized Cross Style C Refills

Made specifically to fit Cross pens that take the classic refill, this pressurized refill by fisher gives you all the benefits of writing with a space pen.

The refill is only available in black or blue ink; check out our Ultimate Guide To Fisher Space Pen Refills for more information.

Schneider Alternative Cross Classic Ballpoint Pen Refills

Schneider Express 785 Ballpoint Pen Refill

 

The Schneider Express 785 ballpoint pen refill is another refill that is compatible with Cross pens that use their Classic ballpoint pen refills. It has a medium tip and is available with black or blue ink.

Check out our Complete Guide to Schneider Pen Refills for more information.

3. Cross Mini Ballpoint Pen Refill

Cross Mini Ballpoint Pen Refill 1

The Cross mini ballpoint pen refill is a standard D1 refill that can be used in any brand of pens that take a D1 refill.

To find out more about this type of refill, check out our Ultimate Guide to D1 pen refills.

The Cross mini ballpoint pen refill has a medium tip and is available with black or blue ink.

3.1. Cross Mini Ballpoint Refill Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Medium – Black – Cross Product Code 8518-4
  • Medium – Blue – Cross Product Code 8518-6
  • Medium – Red – Cross Product Code 8518-5

3.2. Cross Mini Ballpoint Pen Refill Pen Compatibility

Cross Mini ballpoint pen refills can be used to refill the following pens:

  • Cross Autocross Mini Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Tech3 Multifunction Pens
  • Cross Tech4 Multifunction Pens
  • Cross TrackR Trackable Ballpoint Pens

3.3. How to Replace a Cross Mini Ballpoint Pen Refill

Replace Cross Mini Ballpoint Pen Refill

  1. Hold the barrel and the cap, and then pull the barrel away from the cap
  2. This reveals the refills that are held in place by the cap refill selector mechanism
  3. Choose the color or refill you want to replace and pull it from its holder in the cap.
  4. Insert a new refill into where you have just removed the old refill from.
  5. Push the cap back on the barrel.

4. Cross Slim Ballpoint Pen Refill

Cross Slim Ballpoint Pen Refill

The Cross Slim ballpoint pen refill is a bespoke size designed explicitly for Cross Click ballpoint pens and therefore does not fit any other Cross ballpoint or a different brand of pen.

The Slim Ballpoint pen refill has a medium tip and is available with black or blue ink.

4.1. Cross Slim Ballpoint Refill Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Medium – Black – Cross Product Code 8783-2
  • Medium – Blue – Cross Product Code 8783-5

4.2. Cross Slim Ballpoint Pen Refill Pen Compatibility

Cross Slim ballpoint pen refills can be used to refill the following pens:

  • Cross Click Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Spire Ballpoint Pens

4.3. How to Replace a Cross Slim Ballpoint Pen Refill

  1. Hold the barrel and the cap, and then pull the barrel away from the cap
  2. This reveals the refill, which can be removed from the barrel.
  3. Insert a new refill into where you have just removed the old refill from.
  4. Push the cap back on the barrel.

5. Cross Rollerball Pen Refills

Cross Selectip gel rollerball refills use Cross Selectip technology which is just a fancy way of saying that the refill can be swapped out for a different type of Selectip refill.

At the time of writing this, Cross makes three different Selectip refills, a gel rollerball, jumbo ballpoint, and a porous point fineliner.

The refills are all fitted to Selectip pens in exactly the same way as they are all the same size; they just contain different ink formulations and have different tips.

6. Cross Selectip Gel Rollerball Pen Refills

Cross Selectip Gel Rollerball Pen Refill

The Cross Selectip gel rollerball refills are smooth writing gel ink refills with a medium tip. Its gel ink is of archival quality and is available in four ink colors.

Cross Selectip refills will also fit older Sheaffer pens that used to use the same refill known as the Sheaffer C Style refill.

It is not known if Sheaffer was buying them from Cross and rebranding the refills or vice versa. However, Cross now owns Sheaffer, and you can no longer buy Sheaffer C Style refills.

But if you contact them, they will point you in the direction of the Cross Selectip refills as a direct replacement.

6.1. Cross Selectip Gel Refill Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Medium – Black – Cross Product Code 8523
  • Medium – Blue – Cross Product Code 8521
  • Medium – Red – Cross Product Code 8013
  • Medium – Purple– Cross Product Code 8014

6.2. Cross Selectip Gel Rollerball Refill Pen Compatibility

Cross Selectip gel rollerball pen refills can be used to refill the following pens:

  • Cross ATX Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Bailey Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Beverly Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Botanica Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Calais Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Century II Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Classic Century Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Edge Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Peerless 125 Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Townsend Rollerball Pens
  • Cross X Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Award Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Icon Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Pop Rollerball Pens

6.3. How to Replace a Cross Selectip Gel Rollerball Pen Refill

  1. Remove the cap from the barrel and put it to one side.
  2. Hold the upper part of the barrel in one hand and the lower part with the other, then twist the barrel to unscrew it from the lower front section.
  3. Remove the old pen refill and insert the new refill into the front section.
  4. Then place the barrel over the refill and screw it back into the lower front section.

6.4. Alternative Cross Selectip Gel Rollerball Pen Refills

No alternative Selectip gel, ballpoint or porous point refills are available to buy from any other manufacturer.

7. Cross Selectip Jumbo Ballpoint Pen Refills

Cross Selectip Jumbo Ballpoint Pen Refill

This can be a little confusing as Cross Select tip Jumbo ballpoint pens are designed to fit Cross Selectip rollerball pens and do not fit any Cross ballpoint pen.

The Cross Selectip jumbo ballpoint pen refill has a medium tip and is available in black or blue ink.

To use a Selectip refill, follow the instructions we covered earlier for replacing a Selectip gel refill.

7.1. Cross Selectip Jumbo Ballpoint Refill Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Medium – Black – Cross Product Code 8562-1
  • Medium – Blue – Cross Product Code 8562-3

7.2. Cross Selectip Jumbo Ballpoint Refill Pen Compatibility

Cross Selectip jumbo ballpoint pen refills can be used to refill the following pens:

  • Cross ATX Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Bailey Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Beverly Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Botanica Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Calais Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Century II Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Classic Century Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Edge Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Peerless 125 Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Townsend Rollerball Pens
  • Cross X Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Award Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Icon Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Pop Rollerball Pens

8. Cross Selectip Porus-Point Fineliner Pen Refills

Cross Selectip Porus Point Refill

The great thing about Cross Selectip pens is that even though they have a traditional rollerball fitted, they can be swapped out for a different type of Selectip refill.

If you like fineliners then the Selectip porous point refill is ideal because, as the name suggests, it has a traditional fineliner-style fibre tip.

The refill is available with a fine point or medium tip and a choice of black or blue ink.

8.1. Cross Selectip Porus-Point Refill Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Fine – Black – Cross Product Code 8444
  • Fine – Blue – Cross Product Code 8442
  • Medium – Black – Cross Product Code 8443
  • Medium – Blue – Cross Product Code 8441

8.2. Cross Selectip Porus-Point Refill Pen Compatibility

Cross Selectip Porus-Point pen refills can be used to refill the following pens:

  • Cross ATX Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Bailey Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Beverly Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Botanica Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Calais Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Century II Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Classic Century Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Edge Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Peerless 125 Rollerball Pens
  • Cross Townsend Rollerball Pens
  • Cross X Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Award Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Icon Rollerball Pens
  • Sheaffer Pop Rollerball Pens

9. Cross Slim Gel Pen Refills

Cross Slim Gel Pen Refill

Cross Slim gel pen refills are specifically designed for Cross Click pens and do not fit any other Cross pen or one made by a different manufacturer.

The refill has a medium tip and is available with black or blue ink.

9.1. Cross Slim Gel Pen Refill Ink Colors and Tip Sizes

  • Medium – Black – Cross Product Code 8910-1
  • Medium – Blue – Cross Product Code 8910-2

9.2. Cross Slim Gel Pen Refill Pen Compatibility

Cross Slim gel pen refills can be used to refill the following pens:

  • Cross Click Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Spire Ballpoint Pens

9.3. How to Replace a Cross Slim Gel Pen Refill

Replace Cross Click Ballpoint Pen Refill

  1. Hold the barrel and the cap, and then pull the barrel away from the cap
  2. This reveals the refill, which can be removed from the barrel.
  3. Insert a new refill into where you have just removed the old refill from.
  4. Push the cap back on the barrel.

10. Cross Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges

Cross Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges

Cross make two different-sized ink cartridges, standard & slimline ink cartridges. Standard ink cartridges fit all Cross fountain pens except for two with a slimline profile.

These require a particular slim ink cartridge as the internal diameter of the barrel is too small for the Cross regular-sized cartridges.

10.1. Cross Standard Ink Cartridges

Cross Standard fountain pen ink cartridges are a bespoke size designed only for Cross fountain pens.

Cross standard size ink cartridges can be used in all Cross fountain pens with the exception of Classic Century and Cross Spire Fountain pens.

These can only be refilled with Cross Slim ink cartridges.

Standard ink cartridges are available in black, blue, or blue-black ink, and there is no alternative made by other manufacturers.

Cross Standard Ink Cartridges Ink Colors and Product Codes

  • Standard Black Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge – Code 8921
  • Standard Blue Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge – Code 8920
  • Standard Blue-Black Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge – Code 8924

10.2. Cross Slim Ink Cartridges

Cross Slim ink cartridges are specially designed fountain pen ink cartridges used in Cross Classic Century and Cross Spire Fountain pens.

Note these cartridges do not fit any other Cross fountain pen or a fountain pen manufactured by another brand.

Cross does not make an ink convertor for their Classic Century and Cross Spire Fountain pens. They can only be refilled with Cross Slim fountain pen ink cartridges.

The cartridges are available in black, blue, or blue-black ink, and there is no alternative made by other manufacturers.

Cross Slim Ink Cartridges Ink Colors and Product Codes

  • Slimline Black Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge – Code 8929-1
  • Slimline Blue Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge – Code 8929-2
  • Slimline Blue-Black Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge – Code 8929-3

11. Cross Bottled Ink

Cross Bottled Ink

Cross-bottled fountain pen ink is a watered-based archival ink highly regarded by many fountain pen users.

The ink is supplied in bottles that contain 2fl oz/62.5ml, and there are five colors to choose from, which are:

  • Black
  • Blue-Black
  • Green
  • Red
  • Violet

Cross-fountain pen ink is not harmful to pens and can be used in any fountain pen with an ink convertor fitted that enables bottled ink.

A few years ago, members of the Fountain Pen Network suggested that the German Stationery manufacturer Pelikan make the bottled ink for Cross.

It is possible that this may be true as some companies specialize in making a product and then rebrand them for sale by other companies.

Ultimately, it does not matter who makes their ink or nibs as long as it is of the quality that you associate with Cross’s products.

12. Cross Ink Converters

Cross Fountain Pen Ink Converters

Cross makes two different ink converters for using bottled ink with their fountain pens.

These are not interchangeable, as one pushes into the front-end section of the pen and the other screws into a threaded section of the front end of the pen.

Cross ink converters are a bespoke size and cannot be used in any fountain pen manufactured by another brand.

They can only be used with the fountain pens listed in the next section. If you have an older fountain pen not listed, you will need to contact Cross for advice.

12.1. Cross Fountain Pen Converter Push-in Style

Cross Push in Style Ink Converter

To fit the Cross push-in style fountain pen converter, unscrew the barrel of the pen and, as the name suggests, push the converter firmly into the front-end section that contains the nib.

The converter is a piston fill converter; to use it, simply dip the nib into the bottle of ink and then turn the screw at the end, drawing the ink into the converter’s reservoir.

The Cross Push in Style Ink Converter fits the Following Fountain Pens:

  • Cross Calais Fountain Pens
  • Cross Classic Century Fountain Pens
  • Cross Townsend Fountain Pens
  • Cross Fountain Pen Converter Screw-in Style

12.2. Cross Fountain Pen Converter Screw-in Style

Cross Screw in Style Ink Converter

To fit the Cross screw-in style fountain pen converter, unscrew the barrel of the pen, insert the converter into the front-end section containing the nib, and turn the converter clockwise to screw it into place.

The converter is a piston fill converter; to use it, simply dip the nib into the bottle of ink and then turn the screw at the end, drawing the ink into the converter’s reservoir.

The Cross Screw-in Style Ink Converter fits the Following Fountain Pens:

  • Cross ATX Fountain Pens
  • Cross Bailey Fountain Pens
  • Cross Beverly Fountain Pens
  • Cross Botanica Fountain Pens
  • Cross Century II Fountain Pens
  • Cross Peerless 125 Fountain Pens

13. Cross Lead Refills

Cross Lead Refills

Cross 0.5mm Lead Refills – 8710

Cross 0.5mm lead refills are a good quality replacement pencil lead that is 0.5mm in diameter.

They can be used to refill any 0.5mm mechanical pencil and are supplied in a tube containing 15 leads.

Cross 0.7mm Lead Refills – 8742

Cross 0.7mm lead refills are a good quality replacement pencil lead that is 0.7mm in diameter.

They can be used to refill any 0.7mm mechanical pencil and are supplied in a tube containing 15 leads.

Cross 0.9mm Lead Refills – 8402

Cross 0.9mm lead refills are a good quality replacement pencil lead that is 0.9mm in diameter.

They can be used to refill any 0.9mm mechanical pencil and are supplied in a tube containing 12 leads.

14. Cross Switch it 0.7mm Pencil Converter

Cross Switch it 07mm Pencil Converter

The Cross Switch it pencil converter is a neat little gadget that can turn a Cross ballpoint pen fitted with a Cross Classic refill into a mechanical pencil.

Simply remove the cap of the pen, unscrew the Classic refill, insert the Switch It refill and replace the cap.

Check out this video on how to use the Cross Switch It Mechanical Pencil Refill

The Cross Switch It fits the Following Pens:

  • Cross Classic Century Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Century II Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Townsend Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross ATX Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Peerless 125 Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Bailey Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Calais Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Beverly Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Coventry Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Nile Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Stratford Ballpoint Pens
  • Cross Aventura Ballpoint Pens

15. Cross Eraser Refills

Cross make several different sizes of replaceable erasers for their mechanical pencil. usually, the refill required is determined by the lead diameter, but not always. In the next section, we explain which erasers fit Cross mechanical pencils.

15.1. Cross Eraser Refill – 8403

Cross Eraser Refill 8403

The Cross Eraser Refill 8403 is compatible with the following Cross Mechanical Pencils:

  • Cross Classic Century 0.9mm Pencil
  • All Cross 0.9mm loose lead Pencils

15.2. Cross Eraser Refill – 8406

Cross Eraser Refill 8406

The Cross Eraser Refill 8406 is compatible with the following Cross Mechanical Pencils:

  • Cross Tech 3+ 0.5mm Pencil
  • Cross 0.5mm Cassette Pencils

15.3. Cross Eraser Refill – 8748

Cross Eraser Refill 8748

The Cross Eraser Refill 8748 is compatible with the following Cross Mechanical Pencils:

  • All Cross 0.7mm loose lead Pencils

15.4. Cross Eraser Refill – 8753

Cross Eraser Refill 8753

The Cross Eraser Refill 8753 is compatible with the following Cross Mechanical Pencils:

  • Cross ATX 0.7mm Pencil
  • Cross Century II 0.7mm Pencil
  • Cross Classic Century 0.7mm Pencil
  • All Cross 0.7mm loose lead Pencils

15.5. Cross Eraser Refill – 8781

Cross Eraser Refill 8781

The Cross Eraser Refill 8781 is compatible with the following Cross Mechanical Pencils:

  • Cross Switch It 0.8mm Pencil Converter

16. Cross & Sheaffer Refill Compatibility

AT Cross bought Sheaffer in August 2014 for a cheeky little 15 million US Dollars, so it is natural that over the years, there has been some crossover in making and using refills.

It appears that some Cross refills are rebranded as Sheaffer and not the other way round; as in the Sheaffer catalogs, the product codes start with an 8 and are appended SH.

Nearly all Cross manufactured products have codes that start with an 8, and nearly all Sheaffer manufactured products have codes that start with a 9.

The refills are as follows:

  • Cross Selectip Jumbo ballpoint pen refill
  • Cross Classic ballpoint pen refill
  • Cross Mini Ballpoint Pen Refill
  • Cross Selectip Gel Refill

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Sheaffer Pen & Pencil Refills to see which Sheaffer pens are using the rebranded Cross refills.

17. Where Can I Buy Cheap Cross Refills

You can buy Cross refills directly from the Cross website, but obviously, you will be paying the full retail price. If you want to save money and buy cheap Cross refills, then Amazon is probably as good as anywhere. Many other online stores will sell them, but they struggle to compete with Amazon on prices and postal costs.

Buy Cross Refill on Amazon

If you also have a different brand of pen, check out Pen Refill Guides, where there is a complete list of our in-depth refill guides for each manufacturer.

5 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Cross Pen & Pencil Refills”

  1. Not sure if this will help you, but I own a Cross mechanical pencil with the same print on the inside and I have found that 0.9mm lead (60mm length), any brand, works very well.

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  2. How can I tell what diameter lead my cross pencil is? There is an indication on the inside that simply says 2-3/4″ Thin Lead.

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  3. Cross pen refill black medium point ballpoint #8513 has been unavailable for most of this year. Do you have any way of finding out when they will be available again? I’m getting very low on them as I stocked up on what I could find at the time. I can’t get a response from the company of what is going on. Thanks!

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