Paul C. Fisher & The REAL Fisher Space Pen® Story:
When the astronauts began to fly, like the Russians, they used pencils. But the lead sometimes broke and became a hazard by floating in the capsule's atmosphere where there was no gravity. It could float into an eye or nose, or cause a short in the thousands of exposed electrical connections in the spacecraft. Since the fire on Apollo 1, which three Astronauts died, NASA required a writing instrument that would not burn in a 100% oxygen atmosphere. In the early sixties, NASA approached Paul C. Fisher, who was President for Fisher Pen Co. and has been in the ball point pen industry since 1948, the year in which he conceived the idea for and produced his famous Bullet pen. In addition, he was familiar with the problems of the early ballpoint pens leaking and drying out. NASA approached him to develop a pen that would not have any of these problems. Fisher did not think that this could be done and told them so. Soon afterward, he had a dream which led him to start working on a pressurized pen with a sealed cartridge. After several years and many experiments, he successfully developed the first pressurized pen. Paul C. Fisher estimates that he spent over one million dollars of his own money. By July 1965, when NASA approached him again, he was ready. Fisher sent the first samples to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Director of the Houston Space Center at the time. The sample Space Pens were thoroughly tested by NASA, and passed all tests. In December 1967 he sold the first Fisher Space Pens to NASA for $2.95 each. NASA began using the Fisher AG-7 ‘Anti-Gravity’ Space Pen on the October 1968 Apollo 7 mission. Soon after, the Russians adopted the Space Pen. Now the Space Pen® goes wherever life takes you! Unconditionally guaranteed to write at any angle even upside down. Our Space Pens are perfect for corporate gifts, law enforcement, search and rescue, fire fighters, the outdoorsman, military, etc. etc. Anyone who demands the highest quality and reliability will find it in our pens. Fisher Space Pen – "Goes Anywhere, Writes Everywhere."
For a little more in depth look at Fisher Space Pen Co. and its history, click below for the beautiful ad campaign done by ‘This Built America’.