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Fisher Chrome/TiNi Infinium Space Pen

Fisher Chrome/TiNi Infinium Space Pen

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What's special about this, other than the "space pen" aspect of it? I see a $30-40 pen here...including the coated ones.
"The Astronaut-Tested Pen That Writes for Life" or you can just buy a pencil or many many pencils for that money
I wish Fisher would make a legitimate titanium pen - not just this plated stuff...
Cool. I don't think I've ever seen the original Fisher AG-7 pop up here though, which is surprising. I thought it'd be more popular considering it was the pen that was actually procured by NASA, and also has a unique and satisfying click mechanism.
Nice option to be able to choose black ink, but do they come with a fine point? The Medium point refill for the regular Bullet blotch, while the Fine is ...fine. Have replaced the refills in all my Bullets to Fine, so if there is no refill in these I would need an option to choose the point size.
Didn't go through the thread, so I don't know if anyone else has said this, but....

This pen is massive compared to the regular space pen. I got one of these for my wife and we both immediately disliked it. Despite the fact that this might be one of the best flowing ball points we've ever used. The size was just too off for us to enjoy. Went back to Amazon after three weeks off hemming and hawing about it. Which was a bit of a shame cause whoever was selling them was only selling for $50 bucks! Guess it was mistake cause after I returned it, it was back up to 150. Oh well. Would have just sat here gathering dust....guess maybe I should have sold it on ebay...anyhoo...yeah, big. unruly.

enero
wow that is a big difference..i guess if you didnt want a bullet style it would be nice. but then it would be too small for a full size carry. too bad.
I’m not seeing 4x more value than a $20 Bullet.
72.44 on sears.com and free shipping.
Definitely just a gimmick advantage over a regular Fisher Space Pen for many users, but a pretty crazy one at that! Does it come with a guarantee to supply a replacement for free if you manage to run out of ink within 50y or something?
nameless
Well, here's the spacepen site's info about the lifetime guarantee for Repair or Replacement: http://www.spacepen.com/return-policy.aspx

I've used the service twice and paying for the shipping is the one part you have to cover, fwiw. So, for this instance - I'm not sure if the vendor is Fisher or some distributor, however, when you want to get some issue taken care of, you'd contact Fisher and let them know the details, and they should say that it's covered. It's been a no-questions-asked policy as far as my experiences have been. I tell 'em the reasons why there's an issue though, just for kicks.

And the text of that page:
"

REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT

At Fisher Space Pen Co. we stand behind our products and our pens are guaranteed against all manufacturing defects.

If your Fisher Space Pen or your Fisher Space Pen Cartridge malfunctions, please send your item and all of the parts to us for repair or replacement via USPS 1st Class Mail. (Please be advised that USPS postal equipment tears an ordinary envelope and unprotected items are lost).
Upon receipt, your Fisher Space Pen product will be thoroughly inspected by our Quality Control Department to determine the cause of the malfunction and your repair or replacement will ship via standard shipping within three weeks at no cost to you.  (During the holiday season from Thanksgiving through the New Year, this time period may be extended to four weeks from date of receipt)

We cannot be responsible for an item that is lost or damaged due to inadequate packaging and recommend that you insure your shipment in case of loss in transit.

To return your item, please follow the instructions below:

1. Securely package the item in a small box
2. Include your Order Number (if you have one), Name, Mailing Address,Telephone Number and Email Address  3. Send to: 

Attention: Consumer Services Fisher Space Pen Co. 711 Yucca Street Boulder City NV 89005

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please email our Consumer Service department at weborders@spacepen.com or call 702-293-3011 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

At Fisher Space Pen Co. we seek to continually improve our products. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to correct the issue with your Fisher Space Pen product."
nameless
hey its titanium.....kind of.
Just to be clear, the $150 MSRP listed is for the TiNi model which costs extra on the drop, so it should be $89/$120 MSRP or $119/$150 MSRP.

Also, although the lifetime claim is a bit iffy depending on how much you write, Fisher's lifetime *guarantee* is pretty serious. We had a very, very old Bullet (about 30 years old) and it got beaten up and left in a damp environment uncapped, so it corroded a bit. I contacted Fisher and asked about purchasing a replacement part to get it in working order. Despite explaining that this was most certainly not *normal* wear and tear, they shipped us a brand-new pen after we sent it in. This is a company that stands behind their products.
justinmrkva
My dad gave me a normal blue one like 20 years ago. Still writes and I haven't changed out the pen. Case is still solid too actually. :) Best pen ever.
justinmrkva
good to know...most dont understand customer service and standing behind a product.....getting rarer and rarer in this disposable generation.
Are these still brass coated with Chrome or TiNi like the standard space pens are?

Wish they would just make a 100% copper or 100% titanium.
anonomous
I would imagine that they're still made with a shell of brass, and then either a chrome finish or the color of TiNi (or combo of TiNi and chrome) which you select is the coating.
Soooo, mentioned earlier that the Infinium was pretty much just a newer-named version of the Magnum Bullet/Millennium/2010/Mars spacepens, but I rediscovered (an old email with) another response from Fisher, when I had asked them about it - apparently they did have an interesting difference initially:

"For the most part yes – There was a brief period of time several years back where we changed how these pens were made from having their barrels filled with ink & pressurized to instead having a large ink refill cartridge inside that was non-removable by the end user, however that change only lasted a couple of years and we have since switched back to filling the barrels themselves and pressurizing the entire pen. The primary differences between the former Mars/Milleniums and the current Infiniums is that the Infiniums all feature a new emblem on the back and they all say ‘Infinium’ down the front of the pocket clip."

I forgot that they said they had a large replaceable ink refill cartridge at one time that wasn't removable by the end user - wonder if many of those are out in the wild? And then, I figure it was a deal where you'd send it back to Fisher for a replacement cartridge. And wonder if they still use the large refill cartridges in other pens or if that idea for a refill was scrapped? Just thinkin' visibly - I could probably ask 'em if I really wanted answers/insight.

Also, I found the references to how long the ink supply was supposed to last - my memory was fuzzy and messed up what the values were. Instead of thinking the ink supply lasted 80 times longer than the average refill, or about 50 years for the average writer, I believe this (cached archive of a webpage) was where I got the idea way back when: http://web.archive.org/web/20031002061317/http:/www.thewritersedge.com/fisher.millennium.cfm "They will each write a continuous line over 30 miles long which is enough ink to last the average person over 80 YEARS!" Now, if you take that distance value with the idea from the company's owner (quoted in a separate comment) that they quote the lower part of the range though they've had linear write-outs of longer distances, then 80 years for an average writer could be a conservative estimate, which is pretty impressive. When my second Millennium finally was sent back, it could've been because I knew that the Millennium had such a large supply of ink that I liked doodling and drawing the diz character Goofy's portrait so much (which used a lot of black ink), which helped the pen to actually run out of ink quicker than usual...

Plus, from that page, I was reminded of the Millennium II pens as well (they had different finishes), and you can see the Magnum Bullet spacepen name - see? I wasn't makin' it up, lol. And separately, here's the cache of the specific page where I got my Magnum (though I got it for $1 less - maybe they lowered the price a year later?): http://web.archive.org/web/19971012224155/http:/www.elitescribe.com/p15a.htm

So at one time, they wanted to call it the Magnum Bullet, yet it was referred to as the Millennium as a name which stuck for a while, even though that name's not actually on the barrel. The name which IS on the various incarnations (even on the Infinium)? The 2010 Fisher Spacepen. Or actually, "2010 Space Pen by Fisher", though it seems I'm used to combining the words 'space' and 'pen', apparently. Just fyi. :D

Well, I'm havin' fun lookin' back at the history of the Millennium pens - how 'bout a screencap of a cache of the What's New page from Fisher, the way it looked back in Jun '97 (& which archive is now not displaying properly anymore - funny that even caches or archives are also temporary)? Got that image/'cap added of the now-defunct page: http://web.archive.org/web/19970601150025/http://www.spacepen.com/page1.htm
Later emails to Fisher Space Pen folks who didn't work there back then said they didn't know the history of the Millennium Space Pen, and that they never saw any images where the Millennium was shown clipless. Whatcha notice from the page? Just curious what ya might pick up on - fun times for webpages back then, huh? Well, not sure how long this comment page'll be around, but thought I'd add a bunch of background info about the Infinium and its predecessors which probably haven't been all in one place online before. Just for the fun o' it.

And forgot to mention that the Infiniums have the emblem on back. Well, as ya were...
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Hope it all helps! Happened to have info about this drop which I thought I could share of which others might not be aware, in case they were interested.

Also, that "What's New" Fisher Space Pen page I uploaded got resized to where folks might not be able to read it, and I saw that it's probably an automatically-generated deal. Looking at the url, I removed the sizing parameters, so I think that, if they click on the following url, it'll let folks see the page at the original resolution.

Actually, not sure if I'm allowed to link to the larger version of the file, however, you can see it there, fwiw: http://j.mp/FisherSpacePenWhatIsNew_1Jun97 :)
okester
thanks for the insight and story. good read.