TO EXTEND / ADVANCE THE LEAD:
IMPORTANT - Be sure to keep the pencil point down when extending the lead and turn the cap once to the right and proceed with one of the following:
WITH CAP ON AND PENCIL POINT DOWN:
Hold the pencil barrel and TWIST the cap clockwise until the lead and the lead protector are exposed. The pencil is now in the writing position.
WITH CAP OFF AND PENCIL POINT DOWN:
Press down on the eraser several times (12 - 20 times) to extend the lead. The pencil is now in the writing position.
TO RETRACT THE LEAD:
Twist the cap counter clockwise until you hear it click. Push the lead inside by pressing the exposed lead against any surface or the tip of your finger. Lock the lead in place by twisting the cap to the right or clockwise until you hear a click again.
TO REPLENISH THE LEAD:
Note: Cross has two different models of mechanical pencils: Cassette and Cassetteless.
In order to determine which pencil you have, remove the cap and examine the top of the lead storage area.
If the band at the base of the eraser is black, (Cassette) Insert a new cassette as follows: Grip the black acrylic eraser holder and pull gently. Once out, Shake the cassette to make sure that it is empty. Push a new Cross 0.5mm lead cassette into the pencil barrel until a click is heard. Turn the cap clockwise to put the pencil into the writing position. Follow the Extend/Advance Lead Instructions to activate.
If the band at the base of the eraser is chrome, (no black showing), (Cassetteless) remove the eraser and insert nine pieces of 0.5mm leads into the storage cavity. Return the eraser to seal the top and follow the Extend/Advance Lead Instructions to activate.