In my last blog entry, Pen Junkie, I asked, “What’s cooler than that??” of the Uni-Ball Signo Bit 0.18 pen. A pen that can write legibly on a grain of rice is going to be mighty hard to top, but I think I’ve found a contender in the Fisher Space Pen. My friend, Pax, visited the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas a few months ago and brought one of these pens home for me. Good man. He knows my penchant to all things stationery.
The cartridge of the Space Pen is pressurized with nitrogen, which means it doesn’t rely on gravity to make it work. It is dependable in freezing cold and desert heat, and it can write underwater and upside down. Just as I don’t have a need for writing on a grain of rice with the Signo Bit, I’m not sure I have an actual need for writing underwater. I also somehow doubt I’ll be visiting the Russian Vostok Station in Antarctica (-129 degrees F on July 21, 1983) or El Azizia, Libya (136 degrees F on Sept 13, 1922). But I do live in Florida, which feels like Africa hot to me since I was raised in Germany.
As I said, I have no need for writing underwater but I did it anyway to test this gem of a pen. Anything to avoid working is always a good thing. And getting a co-worker involved in not working is even better. So Pax played camera man as I folded up two sheets of everyday paper that I had at my desk, placed them on top of a CD case and submerged the whole thing into water.
I worried that the ink might not start flowing right away, but I was proven wrong. The ink flowed without having to scribble on the page first. As you can see from the video, the writing looks fine. It might not have the greatest quality (a bit choppy), but it is legible. No bleeding of the ink, and no smearing.
One thing that did strike me as odd is that the ink changed color when writing underwater (the top two lines in the image below were written under water). Instead of black ink , I ended up with a dark blue ink. And isn’t that just spiffy??