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Fisher Space Pen, Matte Black Bullet Space Pen w/Clip - Gift Boxed
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- Writes at any angle, even in Zero Gravity. Simply the most versatile pen ever made.
- Writes in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F
- Each Fisher Space Pen is precision assembled, hand tested, and carries a lifetime guarantee against all manufacturing defects
- Includes removable clip
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Made In The USA!
When it comes to pens, if you’re anything like us you can’t settle with just any old plastic ballpoint. You expect and deserve more from your pens - much more. Our 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility is located in Boulder City, Nevada, where our products are precision assembled, both hand and machine tested, and carry a lifetime quality guarantee, so you can write confidently with the knowledge that your Fisher Space Pen will never let you down!
- Writes in Extreme Conditions:
- Writes at any angle- even upside down.
- Writes underwater and over wet surfaces.
- Writes in extreme temperatures from -30 F to +250 F
- Writes in the gravity-free vacuum of space.
The Fisher Bullet Pen
The original Bullet Space Pen was conceived in July of 1948 by Paul Fisher, who was soon machining a new pen design shaped from solid aluminum. This became our first Fisher ball point pen, the #400 Bullet Pen, and arguably the most popular pen of the twentieth century. This pen is now composed of all brass with a chrome finish. Cited as an outstanding example of industrial art, the classic design of the Fisher Bullet Pen has been exhibited for years in the New York Museum of Modern Art. The Bullet's timeless styling has been the topic of many art books and magazine articles. Often imitated but never duplicated, the Fisher Bullet Space Pen continues to be our most popular pen.
Fishers Pressurized Cartridges:
The secret behind the unique capabilities of our pens lies in the ink cartridge itself. Our refills are hermetically sealed, pressurized with nitrogen gas, and feature a tungsten carbide ballpoint tip - the same extra hard metal that is used to make armor-piercing ammunition. No longer relying on gravity to write, our pens are able to function at any angle, even upside down! In order to prevent leaks from the gas pressure, our ink has to be thick, thixotropic to be exact. Fisher ink is actually more of a gel than a liquid when it is at rest, with a consistency similar to that of toothpaste. It is only when pressure is applied to the ballpoint that the ink will take on the spreadable properties of a liquid, while still retaining the stickiness needed to adhere to nearly any material.
Facts and History of the Space Pens:
The story of the Space Pen really begins with its inventor, Paul C. Fisher. Before he took to making pens, Paul worked in an airplane propeller factory during World War II. It was there that he gained valuable experience with ball bearings, knowledge that would come in handy down the road for creating ballpoints. He later went on to invent the 'universal refill' ink cartridge, which in turn led him to create the first 'Anti-Gravity' pen, patented in 1966. Although it is a popular misconception that NASA invested millions of dollars developing an anti-gravity writing instrument, the fact of the matter is that Paul had been working on the design for years into the pen's development . Truth be told, in the beginning Fisher didn’t even set out to create a pen specifically for the astronauts; he was simply looking to make a great pen that worked without leaking.
In the end he had developed what he considered to be the perfect pen – a pen with ink that would not be exposed to air, rely on gravity, leak or dry up, and that wrote underwater and in extreme temperatures. His breakthrough happened to be perfectly timed with the space race and he offered the pens to NASA for consideration. Two years of testing later and the Space Pen was approved to accompany the Apollo 7 astronauts into space. Despite the old joke that the Russians solved their anti-gravity writing problem by using pencils, Russian cosmonauts actually began to carry Fisher Space Pens on their missions as well, at about the same time that NASA did.
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As the description explains, this pen was originally designed to write in space. Zero gravity, extreme heat, extreme cold, on wet surfaces, on dry surfaces, etc. the pen had to work all the time. That function combined with the bullet design with a clip make this the ultimate EDC pen. I work in construction. I need to be able to sign a ticket on the spot, mark-up wood, laminate, drywall, whether or not they are laying flat or vertical, wet or dry, I need the pen to be with me at all times and write the first time (no shaking or scribbling first). This pen has never failed me. Since the cartridge is pressurized, I can write anywhere, anytime, on anything.
Now the critiques are this: the ink does not easily flow out like a gel pen would, there is some pressure required to make a dark line, and the medium tip that it comes with is slightly larger than I like. This is not the pen for you if you are looking for the single most satisfying pen to use at a desk all day. Wrong tool for the wrong job.
My rebut: who cares? If you are buying this as an EDC pen to have in case you need to write, you want it to work when you need it. That is the job this tool is designed for. If you want the best writing pen to have at your desk, find the tool that will suite that job.
Perfect EDC (Every Day Carry) pen. At work I carry it in my trouser pocket, at play I carry it in my fifth pocket. It's barely noticeable while carrying and changes to a full size pen when the cap is placed. The pen is thin, like a traditional BIC pen, and the clip keeps it from rolling off desks.
The infamous clip: I've carried the pen everyday since March 16th (now April 8th) and the clip has never moved, doesn't feel like it's going to move nor does it feel like it's going to snap/break. Maybe Fisher slides them on tighter than before during manufacturing, maybe I got lucky, maybe some others got unlucky, who knows. Remember, I use the clip daily. FYI, there are replacement clips available.
The cap: There's some reviews that claim the cap is loose. I've tried violently shaking the pen holding just the cap (thinking forcing ketchup out of a bottle) in it's closed and open position and it didn't move. Either people don't know how to put the pen cap on properly or their rubber o-ring is damaged, compromising the seal it creates when the pen is closed. Here's a tip: when you take off or put on the cap, do it while twisting the cap. It's that much easier to take off the cap and it creates a better seal when closing it.
The ballpoint: The pen writes better than most ballpoint pens but don't try to compare it to a Mont Blanc or something of that nature. I'll order one soon but many have said the fine point ink cartridge writes several steps above the medium ink cartridge, which ships with the pen.
Writeability(?)/clogging: Some reviews mention clogging and skipping. I use the pen every day, several times a day and I've never come across this. When I use my pen for the first time in the morning, it gets right to writing without any delay. I think others have a faulty cartridge; I know someone who's contacted Fisher about this and was sent a replacement cartridge, free of charge. And yes, it works great upside down, on greasy paper (WD-40) and on wet paper (spilled water bottle). It even wrote on a white subway tile (kitchen back-splash).
Portability: This pen defines portability. I saw a complaint about the pen not having a key ring; reviewer should have looked at the Fisher trekker Space Pen.
TIP: Fisher warranties this pen much like Zippo warranties their lighters; if there is anything mechanically wrong with the pen, send it in and they will repair or replace it. The Fisher website has more details.
I've included two pictures for size comparison.
The bright side is it does what it's supposed to do right and it's pretty smooth, and from what I can tell the writing cartridge is the only thing from Fisher..
1. Thanks to the kind seller that took the time to explain this to me
2. If you mistakenly buy the model with the clip, don't worry, it will come off with a bit of muscle.
3. If you are considering buying the model with the clip, but are worried that it might slip off, stop worrying: Although t's not glued on, it is extremely tight, and it will take a lot of force to detach it from the pen.
Love writing with it. I'm a lefty, so ballpoint ink has a tendency to smear, even long after it's been laid down. If I rub hard right after writing, it will smear a bit, but not as much as usual pens.
Also, if the cap is pressed on hard when opening up, it can be a bit hard to un-post, but I haven't needed to use pliers yet (fingers crossed).
So here it is, the ubiquitous pros-cons list.
- Writes anywhere in almost any condition, even outer space.
- Made in the USA.
- Easy to fit in a front pocket or jacket pocket.
- Doubles as a tactical pen, if needed.
- Comes in a really cool looking gift box.
- Balance and weight are spot on.
- Comfortable to write with, despite its small diameter.
- Made of metal, so it doesn't feel cheap or chintzy.
- The clip is either loose to the point where it slips off or tight to the point where removing it causes damage to the pen finish.
- Writing for long stretches of time can cause hand fatigue.
Overall, you can't go wrong with it.