Why Fisher Space/Bullet Pens?

Dec 3, 2000
While reading the "EDC" thread, I noticed a lot of folks listed the Fisher Space Pen and Fisher Bullet Pen.

Why? Obviously it is something worth carrying, but could someone enlighten me as to why they are carried more than something else? And is there a special use for them?


If you find yourself upside down, underwater, in outer space, attempting to write on grease, the Fisher nitrogen pressurized ink cartridge is just the ticket!
My Fischer space pens have always fallen apart! I will never buy another one.
I' ve carried and used Fisher pens for a few years now. My favorite is the Telescoping model that is compact and always dependable. I' ve snapped on a pocket clip that is sold from Fisher and it has ridden in my Mission wallet for years now. I think there is also the first pen "in space" history behind it that makes it a good selling product. Fisher refills can be purchased seperately thruout Staples and other art supply stores. There are several that will fit Parker brands and others. So if you want an "anti- gravity, writes in freezing cold, under water, over grease, upsidedown pen, then Fisher is for you. :)

I've got a bullet that I keep in a pocket. It's small and I never notice I've got it, unless my son needs to fill in a puzzle on his Happy Meal box...:thumbup:
I too don't get them. I tried owning them twice. And both have let me down, They glopped ink all over my papper when writing in any condition. I just get a throw away they have worked better for me.
I've been carrying the same Fisher Bullet for almost ten years now.

No other pen I've ever had will write reliably in the cold like this one. No other pen will write reliably on wet paper like this one. No other pen will write reliably at odd angles like this one. What that means to me is that when I'm ticked off enough to write a summons in the bitter cold or driving rain (and that has to be pretty ticked off) the pen won't let me down and leave me even more agitated.

That's why I have mine. -And it's why I bought an Astronaut model too, which I also like. But the Bullet is just a classic, its size makes it easy to carry, its shape is aesthetically pleasing, and it works. Can't ask for much more than that.
they dont write very well really, they tend to skip along glopping ink.

convenient to carry, i wouldnt wanna do a lot of writing with one by any means.

imho a parker jotter w/a gel refill is a lot better pen, cheaper too.

why does the ink not come out smoothly on any of them?? i bet i have had a dozen refills and none will right smoothly without skips. if they could fix that it would be an improvement for sure.
I've owned several Fisher Space Pens, but have encountered many of the same problems related here.

I now EDC an Inka pen and, while it has all the same advantages of the Fisher, it seems to be much more reliable and well made.


They make them in both titanium and stainless steel versions. Admittedly the gadget factor is high with the ti model, but my advice would be to go with the stainless. It costs a fraction of the ti pen, and the stainless steel barrel is hardened to the point that it's extremely scratch resistant, even when attached to a mess of keys.
why does the ink not come out smoothly on any of them??

It's purely conjecture on my part, but I would imagine the thicker ink makes it easier to hold the pressure within the ink cartridge.
Zebra in black ink. It doesn't smudge, gloop or streak and I can buy a 10-pack at Sam's Club for a good price.
I haven't had much trouble with the Fisher refills. Maybe it's the climate, maybe it's the atmospheric pressure in different areas. Maybe my pens are just afraid of me. :)

The Bullet is convenient if you like to drop a pen in a jacket pocket, but it's harder to hold for writing at any length. I like the Zero Gravity for the grip and durability of the pen itself. If you want a compact pen, like for a checkbook or even a wallet pen, get the Stowaway. The Cap-O-Matic is a great full-size cheap pen. The black version was the original, designed for the military.
I got in the habit of carrying a Fischer bullet pen because I do a lot of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles and you can write in a vertical position or even upside down while in bed. Every now and then I might get a blob of ink but I just wipe it off on the paper - I'm going to toss it when I complete the puzzle anyway.
I used to have a (very beautiful) Montblanc Starwalker and a Fisher space pen. Sold the Montblanc and kept the Fisher.
It is small, easy to carry, doesn't break, works all the time and you don't have to rely on gravity to make the ink flow ;) :thumbup:
I keep a Fisher bullet pen in my truck, but it doesn't write very well. I also have a "Rite in the Rain" pen that works much better and is supposed to be the same pressurized ink, etc. The Rite in the Rain has a fine point, so maybe that has something to do with it. They are cheap, too.
I use a pencil.

Ditto. I carry a 2 1/2 inch wood pencil stub with eraser in my pocket. Always writes, weighs nothing.

I was always curious as to why someone would carry a pen all the time exept for a police officer or lawyer.
I was always curious as to why someone would carry a pen all the time exept for a police officer or lawyer.

You're serious?

Any office clerk will need to write permanently, filling forms, making notes or memos, or signing documents, for which pencil is inappropriate. An executive on any level, not just a lawyer, would need a pen for this even more than the clerk.

I carry a pocket notepad and pen routinely, for notes that a pencil would not write nearly as well, given the small size of the pages.

I get together with Collucci about every week at a local diner, and one of the first things he does after we settle in and order our food is turn the paper placemat over, pull out his bullet pen, and sketch something -- generally a knife idea. :)

Literacy. What a concept.