I got a great deal on a Fisher space pen at last year’s National Stationery Show, and have been meaning to post my thoughts about it ever since. Online, I’ve learned they’re great for lab notebooks. Perfect for pockets. I have the “bullet” version, and it lives inside my bag.
The design itself is certainly impressive — smooth, nicely weighted, compact when capped but a comfortable length when opened. The space pen is a joy to hold.
It’s also fun to write with, and based on my own experiments, at least, it’s every bit as versatile as the manufacturer claims. Here are some experiments I did; click through to see larger images…
On Clairefontaine, holding the notebook in various positions:
On a wet piece of printer paper:
And finally, on my hand:
That the pen writes in zero-gravity I’ll have to take on faith. Meanwhile, have you heard that anecdote about how, during the space race, the Americans spent all this time developing a space pen, while the Soviets just used a pencil? Apparently, it’s not true… but a fun story nonetheless.