This is my second pen review, but before I review it, some thoughts on pens in general. I think what constitutes a great pen involves subjectivity. A pen that one person loves, may be disliked by another. Like bed pillows! I like a firm and thick pillow, while someone I know likes a feather pillow where your head sinks down into it. A feather pillow is useless to me – no support at all.
My first pen review was of Pilot Dr. Grip Center of Gravity, and it remains my favorite pen. It is a combination of factors about this pen, for me. It is ergonomically designed (approved by the Arthritis Foundation), with a rubberized grip, and has hybrid ink. It is both comfortable to hold and writes very smoothly. That doesn’t mean other pens can’t write smoothly too. That doesn’t mean other pens can’t be ergonomic too. Etc.
If you have a favorite pen, feel free to share which one it is and why you like it so much.
Okay, finally to the pen review. This is a special pen, designed for unique writing situations. Years ago I’d heard of this type of pen, and was pleased to recently acquire one as a gift. The one I received is similar to this model on amazon. For a history of Fisher pens, see here.
“The founder Paul Fisher invented a retractable, pressurized pen called the Anti-Gravity 7 (#AG7) that worked flawlessly in zero gravity aboard the first manned Apollo mission in 1968.”
So, why would anyone else want such a pen?
“All Fisher Space Pens are handcrafted and able to write underwater, over grease, at any angle, upside down, 3-times longer than the average pen, in extreme temperatures ranging from (-30°F to +250°F), and in zero gravity.”
If you think you’ll need a pen to work in unusual situations, this pen is for you!
I am not one to do “experiments” but I did try using my pen at different angles and while writing on a paper on the wall – it worked well. As for everyday use, the ink comes out smoothly and easily. For longer episodes of writing, such as writing a letter or taking notes for a class, I don’t think it would remain comfortable in my hand. It is a bit “slippery” and I felt like I needed something wrapped around the lower part of the barrel to get a proper grip. Perhaps I’ve become so accustomed to the rubberized grip on my Pilot Dr Grip, that without it, a pen isn’t the same.
However, for brief times of writing, the Fisher space pen will be fine to use. Plus it is good to know I have such a pen on hand for any unusual situations in the future! I was appreciative to receive this unique pen.