1. I do on occasion.
2. Ok. Good for an "always on you" pen, but there are many much better writers for a lot less $. If you are looking to do a lot of writing, get a Pilot G2 or similar gel or rollerball.
3. Staples. Might also try Brookstone.
Have one with me at all times (as well as my ARC AAA!) and never had any problems with it (except for the one I lost on a mountain top in Arizona when filling out my tag after a successful mule deer hunt)!
IMHO, complete crap. I've had two of the matte black pocket bullet pens, and they skipped worse than any pen I've ever had. In fact, any cheap pen I've had worked tons better. I finally heard from someone that the no-name generic Space Pen fillers you get at Office Depot work much better than the real Space Pen fillers, and I've found they in fact do. That's all I use in my Bullet Pen now, and it finally works like it's advertised.
Jets22 gave me one of these 3 months ago and I've been very pleased with it.
It writes nice and smooth for me. I can dip the ballpoint in water and then write with it on wax paper or a plastic baggie. That's a pretty convincing test for me.
I was in the tropics in Dec/Jan and the pen would get so hot in my pack that it would be uncomfortable to hold at first. However it didn't leak and wrote and behaved the same as it did in the air conditioning.
Always have one with my carry bag. It is more than 20 years now that I use Fishers. At beginning they were very difficult to find abroad.
I sometimes find that they need a kind of "priming" when not used for very long. Also had a defective one that leaked.
Online, TAD GEAR has all the Fisher models available.
I've used them for a few years. Since I work with food, a lot of paper gets wet and/or greasy. These are the only pens I've found that will still work. Every once in a while I do have one that skips, but not very often. They also make refills that will kinda fit Parker jotter pens (they take a little more effort to get them to retract well, but I've never found Parker jotter pen to be all that wonderful anyway). These are the pens to get if you have to write on paper under less than perfect conditions. They are definitely small enough to almost lose in a pants pocket that has nothing more than change in it. You literally can't tell it's in the pocket -- perfect for always having a pen with you.
I agree. The Fisher Space pens I have had have often leaked just aft of the ball, where the brass end goes into the straight tube. They even slobber inside an unopened bubble-pak refill package. Other ones quit writing early.
I can't imagine how they worked in space. I'd like a pen with a 20 year shelf life, that writes upside-down and over grease, but I have yet to find one.
The little pens in some Swiss Army Knives look like Fisher Space Pens, but they probably are something different. They aren't much of an improvement.
I have carried the bullet model for years. Never had a problem with on. I picked up several extras last year when the local Fry's Electronics store put the swiss army knife/bullet pen combo pack on close out sale for $6.00.
I had a space pen that constantly blobbed up and stopped carrying it. I have switched to the Uniball PowerTank. It has a pressurized cartridge that seems to do just as well as the space pen. However, it is housed in a standard plastic pen; click and cap versions. I haven't bothered to see if the cartridge could be put in a sturdier pen. Walmart has them for around $4 for a two pack.
I just saw a 'Zip pen'. It's about two inches long and you wear it on your finger, similar to those pilot finger lights. They're suppose to be using a Fisher Space Pen refill with enough ink to write half a mile. Anybody try them? Opinions?
The older Fisher refills skipped and blobbed a lot. The newer ones write very well unless you get a bad one. Not quite as quick to start and smooth as a Parker refill, but the best ones are very close. Thre are generic brand space refills that are also quite good.
The bullet pens are very good, but avoid the black model. The chrome model has an aggressive grip texture that really makes it easy to hold vs. the slippery black surface. The pen is a bit too narrow and tapered in the grip area to begin with, so the grip texture is critical.
They make an ideal pocket pen, but there are better choices for a pen that you write with constantly.