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Fisher Space Pen Bullet Chrome Finish, Gift Boxed (400)

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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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Product Description

Color: Chrome

FEATURES Cartridge is sealed & pressurized at nealy 35 pounds per square inch: 1 Tungsten carbide ball: 2 Writes from -30 to +250 degrees F: 3 On wet surfaces: 4 On photographs: 5 Write through grease: 6 Underwater: 7 At any angle: 8 Upside down: 9

Product Information

Color:Chrome

Technical Details

Brand Name Fisher
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.8 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches
Item model number 400
Color Chrome
Grade 0.32
Number of Items 1
Size Medium Point
Point Type medium
Line Size 1.1 millimeters
Ink Color Black
Tip Type Tungsten Carbide Ball
Manufacturer Part Number 400

Additional Information

ASIN B000095K9D
Customer Reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars 1,571 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,174 in Office Products (See top 100)
#442 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pens & Refills
#6,495 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First Available July 19, 2004

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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.

Technical Details

Color: Chrome
  • refillable

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Customer Reviews

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By A. Hook on March 11, 2009
Color: Black Verified Purchase
It is very good pen. Somebody commented before that it's only a pen, whatever. I have a Cross, Waterman and a bunch of random stick pens in between. This is really good, for a "sub-compact" it has really good feel, better than my Cross and the ink flows really well. The only one to compare ink flow and consistency to is the Pilot G2, just as good.

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.
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Color: Chrome
I'm up and down ladders all day long. I'm working in the rain or snow or heat. I was always breaking pens and making a mess or sharpening a pencil every time I needed to write.

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.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
So yeah, problem is these little guys are escape artists if you're carrying them in your pants pocket. They're so smooth-sided they slip out and disappear. Really annoying.

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.
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Color: Red Cherry Verified Purchase
Fisher Space Pens are great, and this bullet style is very convenient. I just got this one and one of another style to go with the all black one I already had. Four stars for the the bullet style pens as a class. What annoyed me about this one is what the picture and description did not show; the front section of this red pen, hidden by the cap, is actually shiny chrome. I'd expected it to be all red, similar to my all black one. One of the customer reviews did mention this, if you happened to read them all, but there was nothing in the sales listing. I opened up this pen and thought that I'd gotten a Frankenfisher, cobbled together from two separate pens. A check of the Fisher site revealed that it really is supposed to be that way.

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.
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Color: Chrome
I've never written a review online before, and I'll probably never write one ever again. But this product "shiny chrome Fisher Bullet Space pen" compelled me to write a review for all those who are currently debating whether or not to spend the money to buy a Fisher Space Pen.

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.
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Color: Chrome
I have been looking for a nice pen to get back into longhand writing for day to day notes and journaling. I was concerned primarily with smoothness and ease of writing. Second was length because I would be carrying it in jeans, dress pants, coat pockets, etc and in dress pants particularly a long pen falls out easily.

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.
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