|Item Weight||0.96 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.8 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches|
|Item model number||400RB|
|Number of Items||1|
|Tip Type||Tungsten Carbide Ball|
|Manufacturer Part Number||400RB|
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Fisher Space Bullet Space Pen, Rainbow Titanium Nitride (400RB)
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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
- All Brass and steel construction
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The original Bullet Space Pen was conceived in July of 1948. Paul Fisher was soon machining a new pen design shaped from solid aluminum. It became the first Fisher ball point pen, the #400 Bullet Pen, is arguably the most popular pen of the twentieth century. This pen is now all brass with a Rainbow Titanium Nitride finish.When closed, the Bullet Space Pen is the perfect size to carry in your wallet, pocket, purse, car glove box, organizer or toolbox. When open it's a full sized, evenly balanced writing instrument. The patented ink cartridge was designed by Paul Fisher for NASA in the 1960's enabling it to write in temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees Fahrenheit, under water, in zero gravity, at any angle, even upside down.
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I keep this pen in my pocket so that I _always_ have something to write with. It is not my favourite desk pen, and it is not my favourite note-taking pen. But I keep it with me because when all else fails, I _know_ this pen will write, period. It is especially good for signing those obnoxious thermal NCR credit card slips.
The titanium coating looks like mother-of-pearl, and I have had many people compliment me on the "neat" pen. One reviewer was concerned that the titanium would wear off eventually.
EDIT: I have had worn this pen on my person, daily, for the last FOUR YEARS, and the coating is as good as ever. I had a blue painted space pen which went through the laundry and started to lose its blue paint, but the coating on this titanium pen has really lasted well. It needs refills every once in a while ( Fisher Space Pen Black Ink Medium Point Refill - Six Pack ), but other than that, not maintenance is needed.
Honestly, I feel a bit pretentious with such a fancy pen. When I get it out to sign receipts and such, cashiers will usually hand me a pen with the receipt -- but I'm already holding this, and I feel almost compelled to say "Thank you, fine sir, but I've already got my own pen. Cheerio!" I get it out because I enjoy using it, but then I end up feeling like I'm showing off.
To go with this, I also got a purple ink refill (looks better than black coming out of a rainbow-coated pen) and some tiny paper notebooks to keep in my purse pocket. I recommend the smallest size of Moleskine notebooks (28 pages) or the Paperblanks "micro" series (80 pages and very pretty).
The rainbow coating is titanium nitride, the same stuff they use to coat high-end drill bits. It makes drill bits last several times longer, so I expect the coating to be very durable. My other titanium-nitride-coated items are holding up well, like the Tekut LK5050 "Dapper" rainbow knife I keep on my keychain, and I put this pen through a lot less abuse. I expect I'll be happily writing with this for a long, long time.
As far as writing goes, it doesn't write as well as a typical gel pen. The ink doesn't flow as smoothly or easily so the result is more like a cheap Bic. However, each refill is supposed to last at least 3X as long as a Bic and it's a lot more reliable and more convenient to carry.
If you'd like something a little smaller, the Fisher Stowaway pen is nice. It fits easily into the fold of a wallet so it can be carried unobtrusively and still be ready for use whenever necessary. It's basically just a thin aluminum case around an ink refill, but sometimes that's exactly what one needs. It's also cheaper, much less pretentious, and uses the same refills, but it can be a little narrow to hold during use.
The best part is you don't notice them in a pocket until you reach for them, comfortable & identified by touch! Reflective rainbow make them quick to find in a bag or purse. Quickly be found when needed without getting poked when not. No more surprise 'near vasectomies' from cheap ballpoints. ;)