|Item Weight||1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.8 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches|
|Item model number||400B|
|Number of Items||1|
|Line Size||1.1 millimeters|
|Tip Type||Tungsten Carbide Ball|
|Manufacturer Part Number||400B|
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- Writes at any angle, even in Zero Gravity.
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- Writes in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F
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Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
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.
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.
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 Matte black 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'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.
I've attached some size comparison images of this pen (closed and open) beside a Zebra F-402 pen, a standard Bic lighter, a tube of Carmex chap stick, and a Sandisk Extreme USB 3 flash drive.
The product origin story (developed in 60's for space program) is fun. If the product lives up to its heritage, appearance, and initial tests - I'm going to love it.
• Capped so it won't have a chance to bleed in my pocket
• Rounded edges so it doesn't rip a hole in your pants
• Small and portable
• Has pen-clip option (I chose silver to match the red/silver pen I purchased) which is cheap but effective
• Writes in any orientation and temperature. Even works when writing in front of a fan or ac vent.
I love it. Beautiful color and is super reliable.
Best of all, though, is the writing; it's the most reliable pen I've ever used. I first got one because I was writing in a lab notebook. Ordinary pens would skip when first writing, which is a big problem with lab notes because you're never supposed to go back and write over. The Fisher pen cartridges write without skipping from the very start, even on slick paper that's normally a problem. And they don't have problems if I'm writing while holding them at an odd angle. They just completely remove the most frustrating parts of writing with a pen.
Get one. You won't regret it.