It's no news to anybody that I'm a fan of fountain pens, reading through any of the posts on this blog will show you just how passionately I am about the writing tool. But it's just not practical - for me - to use them for everything. And I'm just as big of a fan of other pen types, I mostly use gel or ballpoint (sacrilege some might say), although as with most of my stationery I'm fussy with what I use. For ballpoints I always grab for a Fisher Space Pen.
I got my first FSP around 8/9 years ago and I've been using them ever since. And it's a testament to how long the ink refills can last without drying out, there was a period of around 2 years without much use but after picking it up it always wrote like a dream immediately. I'm still yet to replace a refill because of one running out!
They're mainly known for the pressurized refills that have a few unique features which I will go through later in the post, but apart from those it's just a really great ballpoint pen that's never a let down.
FSP offer many styles and design of pen to house the pressurized refills, but my personal favourite is the more 'iconic' bullet. It's a pocket sized pen that, when capped, fits in the hand comfortably just like a full sized pen.
Made in the USA, this particular model is available in a huge array of colours and styles, from the original chrome and matte black to solid bright colours and even one with a mesmerizing rainbow lacquered finish.
Although, a lot of the coloured models have a chrome grip section and don't offer matching pocket clips. So I guess thats why I tend to stick to the more classic versions. But that's just personal preference.
Its not uncommon to find other brands having their logo put on a FSP, such as the matte black Field Notes model I have. I'm a huge fan/collector of Field Notes so had to pick this one up, but to my surprise the matte texture just didn't sit well with me. I find the regular/glossier versions more comfortable to write with. But the shinier texture doesn't cause any issues with grip since there are ridges around the grip section that help give a firm and steady grasp during use.
Now on to that renowned pressurized ink cartridge. I won't go into full depth on the mechanism behind this masterpiece because there are plenty of other people to do that for me (but if you are interested in learning what goes into a good ballpoint pen, this should give you all the info you need!). Instead I will give you the TV guide synopsis. Its similar to a regular ballpoint ink cartridge except where the ink ends instead of empty space there's a sliding float and on the other side, pressurized nitrogen. This fills the empty space and pushes the float against the ink so there is always pressure on the ink making it available to be written with at all times. As ink is used up the float will slide within the cartridge by force of the nitrogen and the ink will remain pressurized.
All of which add up to give this pen a ton of neat features. Without relying on gravity to draw ink to the paper this pen can be written with at any angle, at any level of gravity (for those budding astronauts out there) and even underwater. Even the ink has been jacked up on steroids and can withstand tremendous heats without affecting the writing quality. Not to mention the ink is available in different colours with varying nib widths.
My newest Fisher Space Pen is a beautiful 'Black Titanium Nitride' bullet which is really a nice alternative to the matte black but without the matte texture. This model and many others are available from Pen Chalet, as always at a discounted price!
Even if you won't be writing notes in space during freezing temperatures, it's pretty cool to have a pen that could! Simply put the Fisher Space Pen is just a well rounded and reliable pen that's 'EDC' worthy and will be found in my pocket for years to come.
Thanks for reading!