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There aren't many ball-point pens which will happily write upside-down for hours on end - but the 'Fisher Space Pen' isn't a normal pen. Designed for use in zero gravity environments, the pen features a replaceable pressurised ink container which ensures a constant flow whether you're holding it horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Impressed? Perhaps you will be when you find out it will also write underwater. Now I don't normally feel the urge to jot down notes whilst in the bath, but I've tested the claims, and can verify their validity - the Fisher Space Pen will indeed scribe sub-aqua. Still not impressed? What more do you want!? It would probably come as no surprise that the pen will perform in temperatures as hot as 200C and as cold as -20C.
* did I mention the fact that it will also write on greasy paper?...
Price & Availability
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This particular style of Space Pen is available to buy for around £20 online - see www.fisherspacepen.co.uk, where you'll find this and a range of other variants available, some cheaper, some more expensive - you can also get the refills from here too (more on those in the next paragraph; they can be bought in 'fine' or 'medium' nibs, and I usually opt for the latter). The pen is also available on eBay for slightly less, although beware of sellers dealing in fake Fisher pens.
Design & Appearance
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In terms of its appearance, the pen looks good with its shiny chrome finish (a range of other colours options are available), making it appear rather executive in tone. It's generally comfortable to hold, although I probably wouldn't want to use it for hours on end, as there isn't a rubberized grip section to soften the end. The ink container runs internally down the centre of the pen and is accessed by unscrewing the centre section - it's very easy to do. From a value for money perspective, the Space Pen is really good - each refill lasts roughly three times longer than a similar sized regular ballpoint refill, and they're available to buy for only £2.50.
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So, does the Fisher Space Pen have any downsides? Well, the only minor niggle is the fact that some users don't like the quality of line that the pen produces, I personally don't have any issues with it, but I've read other opinions which suggest it's a bit 'scratchy' - again, it's not something I've encountered. Overall, I would highly recommend the Fisher Space Pen as an excellent writing implement which really delivers the goods - personally, I don't use a Space Pen because of its ability to write underwater, upside-down, or in extremes of heat - I use it because it's very reliable, and pretty cool.
The fisher Space Pen is the most formidable pen in my opinion. It writes with supreme comfort and quality and looks superb. It can be purchased in good stores such as Selfridges along with other good pen shops. It comes in a black plastic box with a card label coated in polythene to give it a tough feel. The front label shows the fisher Space Pen logo with an image of an astronaut floating above the earth. 'The most advanced writing instrument in the world' pretty much sums up the pen - it really is out of this world.
The top lid of the box just lifts off to reveal a leaflet with information on fisher Space Pens. It reveals the secrets behind the pen and what makes it so effective. The pen has a pressurised and sealed ink cartridge, which enables it to be used in extreme conditions such as blazing hot weather and ice-cold conditions. The gas pressure of 35psi forces the ink against the ball, allowing the pen to write a smooth, reliable line. It can even do so upside down and underwater, so this pen is useful everywhere. You could be diving or marking something whilst building and this pen will do the trick nicely.
Beneath the leaflet is where the pen lies in a plastic fitted holder, coated in a suede-like material. The pen I bought is silver and has a real shine to it. It looks unique, cool, modern and out of this world. It looks somewhat futuristic, but it's still a modern day pen. The main body of the pen blends in smoothly with the lid that fits on the top. The lid is the same colour on the silver version and it has the fisher logo carefully engraved onto the lower lid, which isn't obviously visible.
Opening the lid, which can be put back on the end of the pen or on a surface, the actual nib is revealed. It sticks out enough to be used with ease. There are silver lines of grip where you hold the pen, which contrasts with the rest of the smooth design. A black rubber strip is there to give a smooth feeling when closing the lid and it also is where the pen unwinds to reveal the cartridge. You simply unscrew the pen, which takes longer than other pens to reveal the metal cartridge. It is a special Space Pen cartridge, which fits perfectly within the shell. It's solid metal and not too small either, despite the pens size.
I find this pen super to use as it's very small, compact, looks great and gives lovely smooth writing. It can write on most surfaces and in all conditions - not like you will be in the Antarctic everyday, but it's ideal if you are going there! Besides this, it looks quite amazing, shaped rather like a missile or elongated comet, which resembles its name - the space pen. Mine cost me £15.74 but the RRP was £18.75. This isn't a bad price as the pen is of great quality and will last you a life time. It writes superbly and is a joy to use, so I highly recommend it!
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The Space Pen is made by fisher and is available to buy at certain retailers for around £24, depending on the type you get. Made by Fisher, they are of excellent quality and are very reliable pens. More so, they can write in the most extreme conditions including in the freezing cold, blazing heat, in water, upside down and in zero gravity! They also can write on a variety of different surfaces.
You can buy them with clips or without clips. I have a silver one without a clip as it looks a lot better and more modern. It is shaped rather like a missile and has a smooth shape when you have the lid on, as it smoothly fits together. With the lid off, the actual pen is quite small but is easy to write with. The pen writes in black ink and you can buy refill cartridges once they run out from the stores that you buy them at (e.g. Selfridges or any good shop).
The pens are very strong so will not be damaged if they are dropped or in extreme conditions. The insides are simple - there is a spring to maintain the position of the nib and the cartridge sits on this - opened up once you unscrew the pen. The actual nib writes like a biro so can not be erased using an ink eraser (Tip-Ex must be used).
They are excellent pens overall - very reliable, modern and unique. I would recommend you at least try one out when you next happen to past somewhere that sells them! They make great gifts for people too.
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The Fisher Space Pen is said to be the best pen on earth. It is capable of writing in any conditions - even the extreme. It can write in zero gravity (on your daily trip to the moon), upside down, underwater, on wet paper and in boiling/freezing temperatures (not like you will be writing in a blast furnace). By the slight sarcasm, I am saying this pen is a bit pointless in some situations (such as being able to write in zero gravity) as it's not everyday that we go to the moon.
On the other hand, it is an excellent quality pen, which is durable and does write pretty well. The one I picked up was just over £20 and came with a black ink cartridge. After some testing, I found it does write in some unusual circumstances. It does write upside down and even on damp paper. I also tried it on a variety of surfaces and after a bit of scratching, it began to write.
The pen is silver and very small and compact. It has a shiny surface and looks sleek and modern. The lid slides off the top, and is shaped to fit on the pen without sticking out to maintain a smooth shape. There are small ridges where you hold the pen for extra grip but it does get harder to grip when your hand sweats as the grip is metal (not rubber). However, it is a very durable and strong pen. The ink cartridges are widely available to buy in London at places like Selfridges (along with the pen). I would recommend you try one out and see how you like it.
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Writes in freezing cold, blazing heat, underwater and upside down!