If you skipped ahead to the photo, you may be wondering what makes this small and very shiny pen so … tactical? It’s not really tactical in appearance at all, but I still think it’s worth your consideration as serious carry gear.
The Fisher Space Pen Company was founded by Paul Fisher, the inventor of the universal refill for ballpoint pens. Not content with refill technology in the 1960s, Mr. Fisher invented a nitrogen pressurized refill that used thixotropic ink that was semi-solid until liquefied by the shearing action of the rolling ball. This combination of technology allowed ink to flow without the assistance of gravity, and without regard to extremes of heat or cold.
Timing is everything, and Mr. Fisher perfected this technology during the peak of the space race. NASA adopted the new ink delivery technology to replace the pencils that Mercury and Gemini astronauts had been using because standard ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. The Fisher Space Pen was born, and has been standard equipment on every manned spaceflight since Apollo 7 in 1968.
I have always liked the Space Pen, even for more terrestrial, Earth-bound use. The pens write anywhere on anything, even if the surface is wet or the pen is upside down. This offers a nice versatility that you may not appreciate until you really need it.
The Space Pen, however, has been taken to the next level with the Infinium. This new pen is similar in size and shape to the traditional Bullet Space Pen series, but adds an amazing feature; the pen is guaranteed not to run out of ink in your lifetime. Space Pens always last much longer than ordinary ballpoint pens, but the Infinium will last even longer. So long, in fact, that the Fisher Space Pen Company is betting you won’t ever run dry. If you do, the company will refill or replace your pen for free. I don’t know of another pen manufacturer who will guarantee you a lifetime of writing!
A pen is a useful tool in both your everyday life and in an emergency.
As you might guess, the Infinium Space Pen carries a premium price tag. While a traditional Bullet Space Pen can be had for less than $30, the Infinium retails for $120 to $150, depending upon the style chosen. There are several colors available, including the black titanium and chrome finish of my sample pen. You can view the available Infinium styles, and all the other Fisher Space Pens, at www.spacepen.com.
A pen is a useful tool in both your everyday life and in an emergency. The ability to jot down crucial details (like an emergency phone number, a description of a suspect, a license plate number, or even the time a tourniquet was applied) on any surface and under any conditions could be invaluable. A Fisher Space Pen should be on your basic equipment list, and if you are willing to invest a little extra, the Infinium may be the last pen you ever need to buy.
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