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NASA programs previously used pencils[7] (for example a 1965 order of mechanical pencils[8]) but because of the substantial dangers that broken pencil tips and graphite dust pose to electronics in zero gravity, the flammable nature of wood present in pencils,[8] and the inadequate quality documentation produced by non-permanent or smeared recordkeeping, a better solution was needed. Russian cosmonauts used pencils, and grease pencils on plastic slates until also adopting a space pen in 1969 with a purchase of 100 units for use on all future missions.[9] NASA never approached Paul Fisher to develop a pen, nor did Fisher receive any government funding for the pen's development.[8] Fisher invented it independently and then, in 1965, asked NASA to try it. After extensive testing, NASA decided to use the pens in future Apollo missions.[7][9][10] Subsequently, in 1967 it was reported that NASA purchased approximately 400 pens for $2.95 apiece (equivalent to $24 each in 2021).[9][11]

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Since then I've tried other versions of the space pen like the Shuttle Series, the matte black Zero Gravity series, a vintage space pen called the Futura, and a couple of others. They all work off of the same replaceable Fisher cartridge that is an all-weather, all-condition ballpoint that stands up to almost anything.

Fisher came out with a pen called the Infinium which seemed pretty fancy and turns out to be the highest priced (short of some commemorative sets) pen in their lineup. Coming in at $150 retail, whoa, what a price jump! This, my friends, is a curiosity post at its finest and I want to thank Pen Chalet for working with me to acquire one at a reasonable price. They have a good selection of various bullet space pens at great prices, so check them out.

The Infinium comes in a few different finishes from a flashy gold plated version, black titanium nitride, or standard chrome finish. I went with the titanium nitride which is a shiny, black/grey finish and looks pretty cool. In retrospect, I probably should have gone with the chrome finish version as it would match all of my other space pens... oh well. Like any shiny pen, this one is a fingerprint magnet.

When you buy a standard space pen brand new it usually comes with the Fisher cartridge in a black, medium tip. Personally I prefer the blue, fine tip which is what I've always swapped into my other space pens. Unfortunately, the Infinium can only be ordered in medium of either blue or black and, again, is not replaceable via refill. Choose wisely... I got blue.

I don't really enjoy how the cone piece connects aesthetically. It seems a bit unfinished and smashed together which leaves a strange lip right where you hold it. Overall I think (unsure though) I'm cool with the aesthetic and shape of the pen. It is very "spacey" and kind of looks like a rocket or space ship of some kind.

The end of the pen is adorned with what appears to be a little rubber/acrylic sticker type of insert that has the Fisher Space Pen logo on it. Honestly, this looks super cheap. I would have much preferred another piece of titanium nitride coated metal to fill that space instead, or at least I nicely engraved metal logo. This is the piece that sticks out of your pocket for the world to see for goodness sake. Around the barrel of the pen there is a tasteful engraving that says 2010 Space Pen by Fisher - USA. This could have easily been enough branding that wouldn't start drifting into unnecessary.

Now, if you are familiar with and a huge fan of the space pen series and find the Infinium to be breathtaking, I don't think you'd be displeased with it. Personally, I would recommend an AG-7 any day (or three of them at this price) if someone is looking for a unique piece from Fisher.

During this time period, Paul C. Fisher of the Fisher Pen Co. designed a ballpoint pen that would operate better in the unique environment of space. His new pen, with a pressurized ink cartridge, functioned in a weightless environment, underwater, in other liquids, and in temperature extremes ranging from -50 F to +400 F.

The Soviet Union also purchased 100 of the Fisher pens, and 1,000 ink cartridges, in February 1969, for use on its Soyuz space flights. Previously, its cosmonauts had been using grease pencils to write in orbit.

The Fisher Space Pen Company was started in 1953 by Paul Fisher when he invented the universal ball point pen refill. Then, he went on to develop the world's first anti-gravity pen. Since these early innovations Fisher Pens have been used in space by NASA, on Mount Everest, in the White House, and all over the world. For more great pens be sure to check out our Best EDC Pens article.

The Fisher Space Pen range was designed for use in Space when astronauts began to explore the reaches of outer space. Paul Fisher realised that there was no existing pen which could perform in its freezing cold, boiling hot vacuum. Countless experiments and a common-sense approach to findings resulted in the invention of the sealed and pressurised Fisher Space Pen cartridges and in 1967 the Space Pen was selected for use by astronauts. Explore our range of Stationery and Ballpoint Pens, add a personalised touch with our range of Engravable.

By 1966, the Pen was ready and took its first trip to space on the Apollo 7 mission. These days there are 80 different models of Space Pen, but only two of them are NASA-approved: the original AG-7 (anti-gravity) which is used in flight, and the Shuttle model, dozens of which are floating around the ISS for general use.

Inside a spacecraft you have a completely controlled environment. Therefore I would also expect, that humidity is controlled as necessary. There is also the question, if the danger by graphite is more a theoretical one or a has a high probability.

This is because they are longer than a space pen refill; however, Fisher PR4 refills have a plastic adapter approximately 10mm in length, allowing them to be used in most pens that can take a Parker G2 refill.

Fisher Space Pens are rugged pens, advertised to write in any conditions: At any angle, even upside down, underwater, at any temperature from -30F to +250F, on most surfaces and even in outer space. They work in those conditions because they use a pressurized cartridge.

According to NASA history, Paul C. Fisher of Fisher Pen Co. developed this pen, that would write in the unique environment of space without any NASA funding. Then he offered the pens to NASA for $6 per unit for the Apollo Program in 1967. They bought it.

While I haven't tested all of those claims, I can confirm the Fisher Space Pen writes at every imaginable angle. I probably won't test if it writes underwater and it outer space ... unless ... Scotty?

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This pen was designed for use in space and because of this, it is naturally ideal for this scenario. It works in zero gravity and can comfortably function in temperatures between -1C and 121C. All angles are covered, too.

When NASA started sending astronauts into space, they quicklyDiscovered that ball-point pens would not work in zeroGravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent aDecade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zeroGravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glassAnd at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

There is a charming anecdote that roams from e-mail box to e-mail box around the world about how, at the height of the space race, the Americans and Soviets approached the same problem: how an astronaut (or cosmonaut) could use a pen to write in zero gravity.

The lesson of the infamous "space pen" anecdote related above, about NASA's spending a small fortune to develop a ballpoint pen that astronauts could use in outer space while completely overlooking the simple and elegant solution adopted by the Soviet space program (give cosmonauts pencils instead), is a valid one: sometimes we expend a great deal of time, effort, and money to create a "high-tech" solution to a problem, when a perfectly good, cheap, and simple answer is right before our eyes.

Both U.S. astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts initially used pencils on space flights, but those writing instruments were not ideal: pencil tips can flake and break off, and having such objects floating around space capsules in near-zero gravity posed a potential harm to astronauts and equipment. (As well, after the fatal Apollo 1 fire in 1967, NASA was anxious to avoid having astronauts carry flammable objects such as pencils onboard with them.)

When the solution of providing astronauts with a ballpoint pen that would work under weightless conditions and extreme temperatures came about, though, it wasn't because NASA had thrown hundreds of thousands of dollars (inflated to $12 billion in the latest iterations of this tale) in research and development money at the problem. The "space pen" that has since become famous through its use by astronauts was developed independently by Paul C. Fisher of the Fisher Pen Co., who spent his own money on the project and, once he perfected his AG-7 "Anti-Gravity" Space Pen, offered it to NASA. After that agency tested and approved the pen's suitability for use in space flights, they purchased a number of the instruments from Fisher for a modest price.

Fisher sent the first samples to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Director of the Houston Space Center. The pens were all metal except for the ink, which had a flash point above 200C. The sample Space Pens were thoroughly tested by NASA. They passed all the tests and have been used ever since on all manned space flights, American and Russian. All research and development costs were paid by Paul Fisher. No development costs have ever been charged to the government. Because of the fire in Apollo 1, in which three Astronauts died, NASA required a writing instrument that would not burn in a 100% oxygen atmosphere. It also had to work in the extreme conditions of outer space: 041b061a72


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