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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; Length-5.375"
- Each Fisher Space Pen is precision assembled and hand tested in the USA. Each carries an unconditional lifetime guarantee
- All Brass and steel construction
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From the manufacturer
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.
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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.
Originally created in the 1940s and sent to space with the NASA Apollo missions, the Fisher Space Pen is designed to be compact enough to fit in a pocket, yet perfectly balanced while writing. The pressurized ink cartridge writes at any angle, upside down, and in extreme hot and cold temperatures. Spring-lock release with pocket clip.
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B001E103CY
- Item model number: M4B
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2004
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1. Does it write well?
It certainly does. If you're running into skipping problems, press a little harder. That seems to fix that issue.
2. Does it leak?
If the nib gets pressed into your pocket, absolutely.
3. Is there a way to circumvent the leaking?
Not that I've found. Other than checking it periodically to make sure that the nib is still retracted.
The clip is ridiculously tight, so it's not very practical to use every time, but you can rest assured that if you do clip it to your pocket, it's not gonna go anywhere.
When I got it, the clip was stuck to the body of the pen with a bit of paint, but it didn't chip or mar the paint upon unsticking it.
Is it the best pen I've ever used? No. It's not the smoothest writing implement, but it works. When you need to write something, it writes the first time. That's why I carry it.
I haven't had the problem of the cap sticking when trying to click it, but my guess is the paint is a little too thick on the barrel under the cap. If you're having that issue, maybe try unscrewing the cap and sanding it a little.
Hopefully this helps!
Bottom line, I'd love to put the cartridge into a different pen body.
Only concern is I've noticed some metal shavings when screwing the pen together/apart to replace cartridges. Still works perfectly though!
I would absolutely love to see this made in twist cap form. It would be the only pen I would ever buy for the rest of my life.