While the closed shape was a little odd looking but after the cap is pulled the pen expands to a nice full sized pen. Great to carry in your pocket and pull out for a quick note. Plus, it's no ordinary pen! It writes upside down and in the rain (why would I do that? well, police often write tickets in the rain for example.) make it a versatile tool. When paired with a Moleskine notebook you have the geek combo pack for extreme notetaking in any environment.
A little pricey up front, but it the design is worth it.
So it takes a bit to get used to the feel and the size of this bullet version of the famous space pen, but once you take off of cap and put it on the end, it feels pretty much like a regular ball-point pen.
These pens were developed in the 60's and sold to NASA for the astronauts to use in a zero-g environment. Do not believe the urban myth that NASA spent millions of dollars to develop this pen. That is not true.
Anyway, this pen came in a cool little gift box with a guarantee and an order form to get yourself some replacement cartridges. This pen will past forever and is a nice little gift, especially for a pre-teen or Jr. High student just getting into cool novelty items.
4 stars, not 5 only because the price is a bit hefty for a pen.
The pen is great. It writes very nicely (haven't tried underwater or upside down yet) and its tiny size is really convenient. It's also heavy and nicely weighted when writing. In retrospect, I probably should have gotten the black pen with matte finish and a clip, because the chrome one is a little slippery, especially because of its weight. But it sure looks cool.
Great pen that I have been using to write for many many years. It also has a very clean look to it. I also bought a small clip which prevents me from losing the pen. I will continue to buy these over and over again.
Check out the upper limit on temperature for this pen. I hope my motorcycle never approaches it, but other pens have leaked and malfunctioned. Writes on thermal paper such a receipts from gas stations.
I really like this pen. I carry it all the time and never have a problem. It has a reassuring weight and the finger ridges are perfect for holding while writing. The only thing I've done is wrap a rubber band around it so it doesn't slip out of my pocket so easily...otherwise, I find when lying on a couch, or standing on my head, it tends to fall out of my pocket ;)
A lot has already been written about the Fisher Space Pen & I hope this is not redundant. But here goes...
I love this pen for several reasons...
IT'S SMALL. Small enough to stash away in the front zippered compartment of my cellphone case. My phone goes everywhere I go, so my pen comes along for the ride ensuring that I always have a pen on me no matter what.
IT'S COOL! The Fisher Space Pen is not just a pen. It's a novelty item. It's sleek & simple in design; a real eye catcher & it's like owning a small piece of NASA history. I purchased the chrome one, which in my opinion looks the most "futuristic". The chrome finish does not smudge or leave fingerprints, so it retains its nice silver luster.
IT WRITES WELL. I have not tested this pen under water or in zero gravity, but for everyday use, it's a pretty good pen. It definitely writes upside down without fail. No shaking or scribbling first to get the ink flowing. If you're looking for the finest writing instrument in the world, then this pen may not be for you. The main thing is that it writes fine & it's totally reliable under most conditions.
I highly recommend the Fisher Space Pen. It's fun, it's cool and oh yes... it writes... even upside down!!
(P.S. this write up is for the CHROME bullet pen. I also purchased the Black Titanium Nitride finish, which was horrible. Nothing like the chrome. See my review on the Black Titanium Nitride Bullet Pen)