Fisher Space Pen - Bullet

This is a brand that I have heard mentioned by name many times but have to hold my hands up and say I know very little about.

For me, the two unique features of this pen are the size and in particular, the refill.

Lets start off with the size, it is advertised as a pocket pen and it definitely lives up to that! 

The best way to describe the barrel shape is to think of a thin bullet that has been stretched out, which about three-quarters of the way up the barrel has a smooth ridge that hints that something can move or be separated from this point forward. In this specific case, pulling on the barrel from either ends causes this pen to come apart (intentionally). As both parts of the barrel separate, it really does make a wonderful popping sound.

Once the pen is in two parts (the smaller section contains the refill), it is a simple case of posing the longer hallow barrel to the back of the smaller section.

For a pretty small pen, it is very comfortable to hold and write with for long periods of time. I did actually try to write by just using the refill section but this was way to small. The balance is pretty good if not just a tab bit top heavy. 

The finished I received is a matt black that has a textured finished which meant that during the writing process, it didn’t feel slippery at all to write with. It has the right about of grip.

Lets get onto the refill, this is not your standard refill….. it writes at any angle and even upside down!  It states it will still write underwater (which I haven’t tried). This is due to the refill using pressurised technology

I have actually found that I enjoyed the writing experience it provided and it didn’t skip once for me. While writing, I have noticed that the odd time that the ink lays down like a dark grey rather than black.

What do I think about this pen now that I have had it for nearly a month. Given the fact that my first choice is to use fountain pens, I have actually been really surprised at how much I have been using this pen. There has been one down side to this though. Turns out I did a very good job of talking it up to my wife as she has now taken “ownership” of it, as it will come in handy for her job as a midwife… looks like if I want to keep the Fisher Space Pen journey going for me, I’ll have to buy myself one! 

* I received this pen to review and all thoughts and opinions are my own

Stipula Splash Fountain Pen in Bordeaux

This pen review is brought to you by the very kind Ron from Pen Chalet.

Design and Quality

I think this is one of the most unique looking fountain pens I have ever owned! The cap and nib section are a solid colour, barrel is clear (demonstrator) and at the bottom there is a chrome knob which is used to control the piston filler mechanism. 

With regards to the cap there is a chrome top, clip and band towards to bottom (slightly off the bottom). The clip has a little bit of spring and at the end of the clip there is a chrome ball which means that these two things combined, it is easy to clip the pen into a shirt pocket/pen case but you are confident it will stay there. The cap is screwed into place and posted over the chrome knob. It actually makes a strangely satisfying ‘click’ sound when posted….

The nib section is a smooth material if not a little too smooth. I found that over long uses, my grip felt a tad bit loose. Nothing so bad that I couldn’t use this pen but enough that it did become more noticeable over time.

Weight and Dimensions

It is pretty well balanced if not a tad bit heavy towards the back but at no stage did it ever become uncomfortable to hold when using for long periods of time. I found that for the most comfortable writing experience for me, I had to post the cap. When the cap is not posted, the Stipula is just a tad bit to small to be comfortable on its own.

  • Closed it comes in at 12.7cm in length. 
  • Posted it comes in at 13.9cm in length.

Filling System

Its uses a piston filler system which is a smart move given the demonstrator barrel. It has created something of a challenge for me as now I must find a ink to match the cap colour! Closest match so far has been ‘Sailor Jentle Ink Oku-Yama’.

Nib and Performance

Based on the looks of this pen alone, they couldn’t have just went for any old/standard nib…. which they haven’t. What you get with the Stipula Splash is a stainless steel flexible nib. This pretty much means you can lay down various line widths. I found this to be the case and I was able to achieve a fairly good range of various line widths. Like any flex nib there is a point were it will rail-road (Its way of saying you have pushed it too far).

I did find that if the Stipula wasn’t used for a few days, it did suffer from skipping. Priming the feed sorted this out very quickly and once it got going, it didn’t skip a beat.

The Cost and is it worth it?

You can pick a Stipula Splash from Pen Chalet for rough $70-$80 and overall I have really enjoyed using mine. It is a really unique looking fountain pen that offers a pretty decent flexible nib.