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A true American icon, the classic Space Pen needs no introduction. Since I was already a fan of the Bullet Space Pen, I knew the actual astronaut model would be a great addition to my collection. This is the same pen flown aboard the Apollo missions, and was developed independently by Paul C. Fisher in the late 1960s.
Fit/Finish: Upon opening the gift box and seeing the gleaming chrome of the AG7, you realize that his is about as far from a typical ballpoint you can get. The mechanism is a classic button-on-the-side retractor - and it feels very solid, with a satisfying click upon operation. The clip is plenty tight, with a very "space-age" styled engraving of the pen's make and model. At the middle of the body, the engraving "AG7 SPACE PEN by FISHER ... USA ---" can be seen, and the textured spiral grip etched into the bottom of the pen makes for a controlled writing experience. The pen is quite top-heavy, similar to a woodcase pencil with eraser, so keep that in mind.
Performance: The #PR4 black medium refill which ships with the pen is smooth and lays down a consistent line. Fisher's marketing claims it lasts for 2-3 miles of writing, and it took me about 4 years of use to run the one in my Bullet Space Pen dry. This pen, while thin, has more heft and length than the Bullet Pen and is therefore more suited to long writing sessions. I personally have no issues with the thin diameter and top-heavy build, but that's definitely something to consider when purchasing this pen. Try before you buy!
Overall: This pen is classic, and the build quality ensures that it stays that way. Unlike some other pens/pencils that have fallen from grace (i.e. Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph, Dixon Ticonderoga, Rotring brand), this AG7 is still made in the USA to the high standards that earned it its official NASA pen title. I got mine for $35 from Amazon, and am glad I did.