|Brand||Fisher Space Pen|
|Item Weight||2.08 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.09 x 0.38 x 0.38 inches|
|Item model number||AG7|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Grip Type||Plastic plain grip|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AG7|
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Fisher Space AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen
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|Item Weight||2.08 Ounces|
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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- 5.0 inch. Diameter- 0.375 inch
- Each Fisher Space Pen is precision assembled, hand tested, and carries a lifetime guarantee against all manufacturing defects
- Sold in original box from the manufacturer
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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.
AG7 Chrome Plated Astronaut Space Pen
Chrome Plated Astronaut Space Pen. This is the original Fisher Space Pen that was used on the Apollo 7 space mission in 1968 after 2 years of testing by NASA and has been used on all manned space flights since then.
The design and construction of this pen has not changed in 36 years. The pen you buy today is exactly the same as the one taken to the moon in 1969. It is a heavy pen and the weight rests reassuringly in your hand as you write. The AG7 is made from solid brass with an extremely hard Chrome plating. It has a very positive and substantial feeling click mechanism. You press down on the top to extend the refill and press the side button to retract the refill. It's special design assures you that you'll always retract the point before you slide it in your pocket. It's constructed of all brass and steel components of the highest quality and is made in the USA.
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. 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.
Chrome Plated Astronaut Space Pen. This is the original Fisher Space Pen that was used on the Apollo 7 space mission in 1968 after 2 years of testing by NASA and has been used on all manned space flights since then. The design and construction of this pen has not changed in 36 years. The pen you buy today is exactly the same as the one taken to the moon in 1969. It is a heavy pen and the weight rests reassuringly in your hand as you write. The AG7 is made from solid brass with an extremely hard Chrome plating. It has a very positive and substantial feeling click mechanism. You press down on the top to extend the refill and press the side button to retract the refill. It's special design assures you that you'll always retract the point before you slide it in your pocket. It's constructed of all brass and steel components of the highest quality and is made in the USA. All Astronaut Pens are attractively packaged in heavy duty gift boxes with flock lining and come with a pamphlet describing the history of the Fisher Space Pen. Used on all NASA Apollo and Shuttle missions, ISS International Space Station, Russian Soyuz and MIR space flights, French ARIANE Space Program, Everest North Face Ski Expedition. This item come in a original box from the manufacturer.
This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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I bought this because I needed a ballpoint and the history of this pen is just fascinating. It's still made in the USA, on the same machines, with ZERO changes, as the original ones that went into space. I dig that. The ballpoints are spectacular with one exception (if you're an artist that sketches or a lefty that has a really oblique hand hold, the pressurized nature of the cartridges means they can sometimes leave a speck of ink that doesn't dry instantly and will smear. Alternatively, parker cartridges fit this pen.) and smooth and consistent and will never dry out, unlike a cheaper ballpoint.
You can get a lot of different colors and finer points of cartridge for the pen too.
The pen is noticeably back-heavy, and quite heavy overall, but it winds up being really balanced in the hand. The grip is textured wonderfully and even the sweatiest paw will not slip, it's very rotring-like in that regard. I can write for hours without issue.
The clip is well designed and has perfect tension.
my favorite thing about the pen is the retraction mechanism. It's just a fidgeter's dream. Press down on the back like a traditional click pen, but the button stays down, and they designed it to not flop around, a nice design touch. To retract, you press the button on the side, which causes the tip to snap back in with satisfying feeling of sliding the bolt on a well made rifle.
Chrome has been spectacularly durable, not a scratch on it after several months.
If you need a ballpoint and aren't prone to losing your pens, an AG-7 will last you the rest of your life.
As promised, I'm updating my original review of the Fisher AG7. The Pen I received in February had it's problems. The clip wasn't engraved and the spring mechanism was weak, causing the pen to click itself open all the time.
BUT..... Fisher Customer Service came through for me. They were excellent. Heidi from Fisher had me send my AG7 in for repair once the engraving machine was working again. Fisher replaced my clip with the "Fisher AG7" logo shown in the marketing material and replaced the spring in the pen. They returned the pen back to me within just a couple weeks.
Now, after these repairs this pen is excellent! I write with it every day at work and at home. The upgraded spring is strong. My AG7 now has a positive click when opening and retracting. It no longer clicks itself open when in my pocket or bag. The engraved "Fisher AG7" clip is tasteful and classy. I understand that this is just visual, but I bought this pen because I wanted a replica of the original.
Now my AG7 behaves and looks like it should have when I originally ordered it. I understand Fisher is a big company that can't simply halt the supply chain or stop fulfilling orders when an engraving machine breaks. I also understand that only certain discerning customers would ever notice an non-engraved clip.
From a Quality Management/Control perspective I recommend Fisher take a solid look at the springs they're using. I don't know if use of the weak springs are caused by a problem in the supply chain or by a corporate decision to reduce cost/save money. Either way, the spring that originally shipped with my pen was defective, and Customer Service was already aware that there was a spring issue. I'm glad the repair center upgraded it for me. In my opinion, the AG7 pens should ship with the upgraded spring in the first place.
Thank you Heidi and Fisher for making everything right. I enjoy your products to include this AG7 and bullet pens that I also own. So much so that I'm thinking about gifting everybody in my family a bullet pen for the holidays. The best Overall Rating I can do for the AG7 on Amazon is 3 stars because new AG7 pens are shipped with the known weak spring issue, which means future buyers will also have to send their new pens in for repair. Shipping to repair isn't that expensive, but it did cost me about 8 bucks extra. Fisher also had to ship the pen back to me, which probably cost them a couple bucks too. (probably 10x more than the cost of installing the proper spring the first time)
Original Post February 2019:
I received my AG7 on 2/22/19 from Amazon. The pen delivered is not as described. The packaging is authentic, but the pen’s clip is not engraved Fisher AG7, and the spring operation is weak, making the pen unintentionally click open.
I was concerned that I received a fake, but wanted to confirm before returning the item.
I called Fisher customer service on 2/25.
702-293-3011 and spoke with a nice person named Heidi.
Heidi told me that the clip engraving machine has been down for 3 months, and that newer pens don’t have the engraved clip featured in the pictures.
I also asked about the weak spring feel when clicking the pen. Heidi says they have been trying a new spring.
I expressed that I am not pleased with the product as it claims to be the exact design and construction as the pen used in 1969, which is not what I received.
Heidi took my email info and told me that I will be notified when the clip engraving machine is working. At that time, they will replace my pen with a new engraved clip pen with a stronger spring installed.
I look forward to hearing from Fisher in the near future.
I will update this review when I receive the replacement pen.
2nd purchased early this year, 2017, same thing happen, someone ask to borrow it and ran away with it, basically stole it, and I could never get it back..
just order the 3rd one and no "YOU CAN NOT BORROW MY PEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
In order words this, IMO, is the best of the best when it comes to pens...
and if someone gets their hands on it, borrow, you have a very good chance they will keep it and never give it back..
still going strong... just order more of them. xmas coming up, giving as gifts....
you should buy this pen...
My only minor complaint is the spring... It is weak and does not provide a satisfying click. I've been in contact with the company directly. They are very helpful, by the way. I've asked about the spring situation. Several years ago, the spring was changed to a spring that was not quite so strong. It is not as strong as the original spring. However, if you prefer a stronger spring they will replace the spring at no charge! I have sent them two of my pens in the mail. Not only will they install a stiffer, original spring... They will send you a complimentary ink refill for the inconvenience. The company is really focused on customer satisfaction and it shows in their product! This product deserves a resounding 5 STARS!
Top reviews from other countries
Naturally its history is a big part of its allure, but apart from this it is steady and strong. Perhaps a bit smaller than what one would imagine, but grows on you upon using it.
Beautiful silver/steel look and feel
Its refill pen writes a bit too narrow for my taste and a shame the default colour is black. Luckily you can buy blue and broad and then it is perfect.