History of the Fisher Space Pen

Fisher Space Pen
Charlie Cooper / Updated: Apr 6th 2020 / Pens

If you asked people what their biggest annoyance is when it comes to pens, one of the most common answers would be when pens burst, and they’re not wrong! Pens bursting is as annoying as someone who plays music out loud on pubic transport, but for a lot of pens it’s a bit of a common occurrence. You put your trusty pen in your pocket and it decides to be angsty and burst ruining your favourite pair of trousers. Yet this problem could be solved, by just investing in a Fisher Space Pen.

The Fisher Space Pen is a unique pen that can be used under water, in zero gravity and at every angle including upside down. Despite the versatility and ability to be used in a variety of unconventional environments, Paul C. Fisher the man behind the pen, actually manufactured it for the sole purpose of not leaking.

Fisher who worked with ball bearings in an airplane propellor factory during World War II, began working in a pen factory where he made a reputation of being an innovator, eventually going on to open his own pen factory where the Space Pen was made. After an investment of 1 million dollars Fisher’s first ‘Anti-Gravity pen’ – the AG7 was made in 1966. The AG7’s ink was released by pressure and not exposed to air which meant it didn’t rely on gravity – thus it wouldn’t leak or have its ink dry up. The first model was also able be used in temperatures between -35oC and +120oC making it a revolutionary pen.

Fishers AG7 would soon be picked up by NASA who, at the time of production, were trying to find a pencil that would be used on space flights. An issue with pencil lead left an opening for Fisher to offer his pen to NASA. After 2 years of testing, NASA purchased 400 to be used on the Apollo 7 and thus earning it the name of Space Pen.