Fisher Space Pen rose to prominence when founder Paul Fisher invented a retractable, pressurized pen called the Anti-Gravity 7 (#AG7) that worked flawlessly in zero gravity aboard the first manned Apollo mission in 1968. Five decades later the company continues to thrive with pens still flown aboard every manned space flight.
After Paul Fisher earned NASA as a customer for his revolutionary Space Pen, he continued to focus his efforts on developing unique, quality products. All Fisher Space Pens are handcrafted and able to write underwater, over grease, at any angle, upside down, 3-times longer than the average pen, in extreme temperatures ranging from (-30°F to +250°F), and in zero gravity.
"People find that our technology is by far the most reliable from both a shelf-life and environmental standpoint." says Cary Fisher, now co-owner and Paul's son.
One of Paul Fisher's first ideas was for the iconic Bullet Pen, named for its sleek rounded ends. This particular Space Pen is in The Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection as a symbol of American industrial design. This mid-century modern pen is still available today in 16 colors and finishes and remains one of Fisher Space Pen's most popular gift items.
"The stick pen is a consumer-industrial product," Cary says. "The Space Pen is a gift item."
Fisher's varieties of pens - such as the Trekker Space Pen comes with a breakaway lanyard, making it easily attachable to a belt loop, backpack, purse or climbing gear - are manufactured and assembled in the company's 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Boulder City, Nevada.
Approximately 65 employees create the company’s unique line of high-quality writing instruments. “Our whole culture is to treat people with respect and dignity. I know everybody by first and last name. Every job is valuable to the company,” Fisher says. Today, Cary runs the company with Donald “Dock” Wong, who has been at Fisher Space Pen for almost 50 years.
Cesar Reveles one of their plant managers and loyal employee for 27 years notes, "We're a small company, but we're all focused on one thing: making a great product. We’re upholding the whole notion of 'Made in America,' which, I think, still counts."
- Inventor and Pen Manufacturer, Paul C. Fisher, founds Fisher Pen Company.
- Paul Fisher invents the “Universal Refill Cartridge” to fit most brand name pens.
- This invention solves a big problem for stationers because, until a quality replacement refill came along, the stationers had to carry two point sizes and four colors of ink for each pen brand/model they carried.
- Paul Fisher develops (Patent #3,285,228) The Sealed and Pressurized Fisher Space Pen® Ink Cartridge for the original AG7 Anti-Gravity Pen.
- The AG7 Fisher Space Pen® is used on Apollo 7 Mission after 18 months of rigorous testing by NASA.
- Fisher Pen Company moves into its 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Boulder City, Nevada from Van Nuys, California.
- Paul Fisher is selected as “Small Business Person of the Year” for the State of Nevada.
- A Fisher Space Pen is used by President Ronald Reagan to sign the Proclamation inaugurating the Air and Space Bicentennial Year to celebrate Man’s First Flight in a Hot Air Balloon near Paris, France.
- Fisher Pen Company produces the Stowaway “Atocha” Pen Line to commemorate the finding of the Atocha by the American treasure hunter, Mel Fisher, in 1985. These pens were filled with genuine gold and silver from the treasure recovered from the 1622 Spanish Galleon ‐ Nuestra Señora De Atocha.
- Former astronaut, Senator Jake Garn donates his AG7 Fisher Space Pen used during his flight on the STS-51-D Space Shuttle to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.
- Paul Fisher runs for Congress in the Nevada primary, converts the operating side of Fisher Pen Co. of Nevada to a proprietorship and files a dba as Fisher Space Pen Co. This company reincorporates in Nevada as Fisher Pen Company dba Fisher Space Pen Co.
- The Fisher Space Pen® Chrome Bullet is showcased in the Seinfeld Season 3 Episode “The Pen” on October 2nd.
- Fisher Space Pen Co. receives the Nevada Governor’s Industrial Appreciation Award as “Exporter of the Year”.
- Good Morning America names the Fisher Space Pen® the “Best Stocking Stuffer”.
- Fisher Space Pen Co. is licensed to produce the 150th Anniversary Pens for the Smithsonian.
- The Fisher Space Pen® is used during the Everest North Face Sky Expedition.
- The Fisher Space Pen® becomes the first product sold from space. Two Russian Astronauts aboard the Mir Space Station use the Fisher Space Pen® to write the letters “QVC” on a pad while appearing live on the QVC Shopping Network.
- Paul C. Fisher, the inventor who had a dream and created the atmosphere-breaking pressurized refill that makes the Fisher Space Pen® possible, died at the age of 93. His spirit and values are carried on by his son Cary Fisher, his Plant Manager Donald ‘Dock’ Wong along with his faithful employees, 26% of whom have been with Fisher Space Pen Co. for more than 20 years.
- ‘How It's Made’, a documentary television series that premiered on January 6th, 2001 on the Discovery Channel, shoots segment in the factory of Fisher Space Pen Co. and episode airs July 19th, 2012.
- ‘The Fisher Space Pen Boldly Writes Where No Man Has Written Before’. Smithsonian.com article - Arts & Culture
- Nevada Business Magazine does a story on Cary Fisher and Fisher Space Pen Co. as part of its ‘Made in Nevada ‐ What Happens Here Goes Everywhere’ cover story.
- Las Vegas Review Journal interviews Fisher Space Pen Co. President, Cary Fisher, as part of its ‘Nevadan at Work’ series.
- AOL in partnership with Ford Motor Company chooses Fisher Space Pen Co. to represent manufacturing in Nevada on THIS BUILT AMERICA. This multi-platform series showcases the rejuvenation of manufacturing in America. Each segment tells the incredible story of a company, one from each of the 50 states, committed to American Manufacturing.
- Carl Reiner presents Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, a chrome Fisher Space Pen Bullet, the same pen he gave to Johnny Carson during his first appearance on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.
- 50TH Anniversary of the Fisher Space Pen® Ink Cartridge.