|Item Weight||0.3 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.8 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches|
|Item model number||400|
|Number of Items||1|
|Line Size||1.1 millimeters|
|Tip Type||Tungsten Carbide Ball|
|Manufacturer Part Number||400|
Fisher Space Pen Bullet Chrome Finish, Gift Boxed (400)
|Price:||$15.90 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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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
- All Brass and steel construction
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From the Manufacturer
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 and had invested roughly $1 million dollars into the pens 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.
Paul Fisher- Circa 1960
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 & 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.
Top Customer Reviews
The only problem I had when purchasing was with the descriptions, there was nothing to put it in context. The closed size is maybe an inch longer than Chapstick and half as thick. The opened size is maybe a quarter inch less than the G2 gel pen.
The ink dries really quick and is a really good companion to my Moleskine notebook. The mini G2's were my first choice but the ink took too long to dry and was always smudging. This is a premium compared to the G2 but you won't regret it.
Then came the Space Pen, the perfect pen, the only writing instrument I'll ever take on the job with me again.
The size is perfect. Closed, it comfortably fits in my pocket and never jabs me, never breaks, never leaves a mess. I've been using my space pen for 3 years and it's not given me a bit of problem. It writes anywhere, anytime.
Opened, the cap fits right on the back and it's a full-sized pen, writes well and looks good. I can hand it to a client and they always look like they want to keep it for themselves.
I'm here to share a tip I've discovered that fixes this problem. Might not be best for everyone, but it's worked REALLY well for me, and it was a cheap/easy thing to do.
I added a rubber grommet around the pen itself. It cost me about a buck at a local hardware store. The rubber "ring" provides a nice amount of grippyness to the inside of the pocket, and the pen ends up not sliding around. It's also positioned where it doesn't get in the way of writing. I'll attach a couple pics.
Now some people might like this. To me it's not actually ugly, but I don't really like the look; it's a matter of taste. The point is that this should have been shown in the pictures, or at least mentioned in the description. [UPDATE] I put up some pictures of my own. Judge for yourself.
The short answer is Yes, I definetly do recommended it! If you are a gadget freak, if you are a 'perfectionist', if you are an engineer, busy-person, doctor, lawyer, soldier, spy, President, or maybe even astronaut, or simply the average person who needs a pen to perform every single time without exception, this pen has its use for you.
I bought my fisher pen online partly because after reading these reviews it swayed me to be more inclined to 'give this a try'. Today I received my very first fisher space pen and my first impression of it was that it was such a tiny, (and 'tiny' is the correct word here) pen! I knew the bullet pen wasn't going to be full size, but honestly I had really expected something a little bit 'larger' and more substantial than that 'little' thing!
I proceeded to test it out. It writes and writes upside-down for as long as you can write upside-down, which is more than I can say for even the most fanciest of other ball point pens. The claim that fisher pens write upside down and at any angle is 100% absolutely true!
I submerged it under a tub of water and it wrote a full page. And I suppose it would have written another page and yet another, as long as the page lasts that long under water. Every other pen I tested stopped writing after about the first 5 words.Read more ›
I've wanted a space pen for a long time just for the fun factor. I hesitated for a long time to purchase it because I was worried about how nicely it would write and how the ink would look. Now that I have it I'm very please and relieved.
It is short enough to sit in any pocket. It writes smoothly and has a nice feel to it. Like others said, I find myself twiddling with it while sitting around because of the nice weight, length, and heft. I think this is a great pen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The matte black space pen is by far the best space pen on the market.Published 13 hours ago by Maricela Riggs
I've never been one for fancy pens. I usually have enough cheap ones laying around from work that I typically have something to write with....while around work. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Lasciel's Toy
I love the minimalist design of this pen. According to a retired NASA astronaut on Quora, people use sharpies, mechanical pencils, and even regular ballpoint pens in space!Published 12 days ago by Anthony S.
Had a space pen for a couple of years and lost it. Ordered it again and this feels a lot lighter. Not sure if Fisher has been skimming on their metal. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Small in the bottom of your pants pocket, never leaks, no accidental ruined shirts and writes on anything. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Honest Abe
My bullet Space Pen must be nearly 20 years old. I found it in a box recently and it worked like it was brand new. Read morePublished 15 days ago by chiefsilverback