Believe it or not, on this day in 1971 the Apollo 14 Spacecraft returned to Earth after a successful moon landing, NASA's third. Put another way, on this day in 1971 a Fisher AG7 pen made a happy return to Earth after it's third visit to the moon.
Fisher Space pens have been on every manned space flight and recorded some amazing stuff. And they really are a big deal. I mean, a pen is essentially a fairly humble thing nowadays but this is no ordinary pen.
The Ag7 Original Astronaut Pen does all of that amazing extraterrestrial stuff. It writes upside down, at any angle, underwater and within a narrow temperature range of -34 to +121 degrees Celsius. TIME Magazine has it in it's All TIME Top 100 Gadgets and any field worker, paramedic, nurse or traveller who has ever put one in their pocket basically never takes it out.
I don't do any of that stuff but i do write and i do like to try new stuff. There's nothing new about the Original Astronaut, it has that name because it is unchanged since 1968, but each time i use one i do get a kick out of it. I know it's gonna be smooth and I know it's going to feel nice and it really is like a novelty each time...like it's new.
It is a super fast writer. I mean it just glides over the paper, not unlike a really nice fountain pen. Glide is a good word...i recommend the AG7 pen for people with neat writing or who need to write fast. There's no real feedback so you can find your hand getting away from you. What i really like about it is the balance. It is small, light and elegant but the balance is great. Normally a thin pen is a problem for me. I find myself really putting pressure on at the grip and this wears my little fingers out. But the weight on the AG7 is right where i want it, nestled in between my thumb and first finger.
Effectively, my fingers dont have to do anything but those little, precise oscillations that guide the tip to make the letters on my paper...there is no need for pressure. Relaxed fingers, weight in the hand, smooth ink...it just glides, it's ridiculously relaxed.
To celebrate the majesty of the Fisher AG7 Astronaut pen and their storied life of space travel, we thought we'd get some new Fisher pens! Not Original Astronauts....as you'll remember, these are unchanged since 1968, but Fishers all the same!
Check out the New Arrivals of Fisher Bullet pens. You get all of that smoothness in a compact traveller format. These aren't quite in the NASA Museum like the AG7, but they are in the New York Museum of Modern Art, acknowledged as an icon of timeless design.