Space Pen

By: maxine greco

What's the best pen to carry in your pocket? This pen also fits easily inside those personal organizers or in a woman's small purse. It's the pen by Fisher Space Pen Company called the "space pen." This pen is 3.75 inches (95mm) closed and opens to a full 5.25 inches (133mm). Besides the handy size, it's what inside that makes this pen so special and so admired. It doesn't matter how hot or cold it becomes. It will write in -30 degrees to +250 degrees Fahrenheit. It will also write at different angles, whether lying in bed, or driving in the car and leaning up against the dashboard. It will even write upside down. It writes over grease and on photographs. It will even write on wet surfaces. The cartridge is pressurized at nearly 35 pounds per square inch and the ink is fed continuously to the carbide ball. This carbide ball is made of tungsten, and it allows the user to write in any position. The stainless steel precision socket prevents leaking. The problem of evaporation and wasted ink along with back leakage has been eliminated. This pen is perfect to throw in your lightweight luggage when traveling or to take along on board in your carryon. It will write on coated stock golf scorecards and can be used to mark a map when navigating. You can write outdoors in all weather conditions, whether it's snowing or raining. This makes its perfect for boaters, campers, fishermen and hikers. Snowboarders, white water rafters and skiers will love it also. You don't have to be into extreme sports, just sit around on a beach chair and do your crossword puzzle. It will write easily from any position.

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Fisher invented the pen in 1965. He sent his pen design to Houston Space Center and NASA began testing it. Prior to this invention, astronauts had to use pencils for note taking and the graphite used could break off and float around the cabin. This was a very serious hazard, as the lead could become lodged in electrical switches and jeopardize personal safety as well as the mission. NASA put the pen through 18 months of testing. It was subsequently approved for use on a trial mission in outer space. In 1968 the pen was issued to astronauts on all manned space flights, and is still in use today by the American and Russian space program. The space pen has been featured on The Tonight Show when Carl Reiner presented the pen to Johnny Carson on the air. Most everyone on the Seinfeld episode "The Pen" also saw it. MoMA has the pen in their permanent collection in New York for years. They have cited the pen as an example of "exquisite industrial design." The pen has been one of the most popular corporate gifts for many years. It can be laser engraved or silk-screened with a company logo or name. It can also be engraved with an individual's name or initials. They are made in the U.S.A. and their novelty and dependability makes it appreciated by men and women alike.

You'll find that many emergency personnel use this pen because of the reliability. The pen is not affected by grease, dirt, or adverse weather conditions. The FBI, U.S. Navy Seals, U.S. Armed Forces, and the U.S. Thunderbirds pilots, the Canadian Snowbirds and the 431AD Squadron, use it. It has even been used during the Everest North Face Ski Expedition. The pen will also write on carbonless paper and through fingerprints. It also writes on rubber, leather and many dark surfaces. This makes it ideal for contractors, carpenters, electricians and all construction and inspection personnel. The Jacques Cousteau Society as well as many other professional scuba divers also used the Space Pen. Don't be afraid to keep this pen inside your discount luggage. You'll find a million and one reasons to use it on vacation and business trips. If nothing else, it gives you a great story to tell about the difference between a Space Pen and any other ballpoint pen.

Remember the Space Pen will fit comfortable inside a wallet or pocket. Doctors and Nurses value the pen because of its reliability and ease in writing over any surface. It is also available with a neck chain for women. The pen became popular because of its use in outer space, but it's dependability is what keeps people using it over and over again. In critical application, this pen is unsurpassed. It will write on X-ray film and on the glossy records in hospitals. You can also use it on latex gloves without tearing them. It's easy to see why the Space Pen will become one of your favorite travel accessories. Whether you are flying to the moon or just going on a short trip, you'll want to take this pen along with you. The timeless design and unparalleled dependability will accompany you anywhere you care to go.

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