Fisher Space Pen
One key concept of GTD is to clear your "psychic RAM," meaning that you need to get things out of your head and onto a to-do list. It's important to have a PDA or notepad or Hipster PDA with you at all times. If you go the non-electronic route, you're going to need a pen. So, what's not to love about a small, elegant pen that can write on nearly any surface and can write upside down?
The original bullet Space Pen is also available with a PDA stylus and pocket clip on the lid so you can clip it to your Moleskine or Hipster PDA.
I bought a space pen with a medium black point and I was completely disappointed. They write okay (as good as any other medium tip ballpoint) but the ink refuses to dry! 10 minutes after I wrote something, I tried smearing it with my finger (a bit sweaty because its hot where I am) and it got all over my fingers and the paper. I refuse to believe these can be used outdoors. As far as I'm concerned the entire 'space pen' thing is a complete marketing scam. I'd much rather use a $.50 bic than this smeary piece of junk. --mdora
I have two Space Pens, the Explorer, which is a wonderful pen. It is tiny when closed, and quite comfortable in a pants pocket if you don't have a shirt pocket. When you open it and move the cap it's got a nice heft and good balance. I also have a Black Futura, which is a nice match if you have a PowerMac G5. :)
I used penwa.com to order them. They had good prices and I received the pens promptly.
--Todd Dailey 22:53, 26 Jan 2005 (EST)
My first Bullet was delivered yesterday from [Amazon] and I'm already in love. Besides the fact that it will write anywhere, through anything, its extremely small size nearly doubles to the length and feel of a full-sized pen when the cap is replaced at the back. Thanks, Merlin Mann, for turning me onto this pen!
--Murdaugh 06:33, 22 Mar 2005 (EST)
A dissenting note - I bought a space pen at the National Air and Space Museum in Washinton DC, which has the Fisher pressurised cartridge. I've found this pen near unusable, as the ink is very thick and clogs at the tip, giving an uneven line. YMMV.
--Jakob 09:17, 2 May 2005 (EDT)
On the fence - I've had my bullet space pen for six months. I got rid of the clip since it wouldn't stay on in a consistent manner to the point of it becoming a distraction. I am also unsatisfied with the ink, it can be quite uneven at the begining of strokes and is terrible for writing in small areas (like in my moleskin agenda). Having said that, it is exceptionaly convenient and I always have it on me. I've also been told it is possible to buy cartridges through a german company that use a finer ink.
--furtive 23:00, 31 July 2005 (EDT)
I modded my wallet with an elastic band to hold my Space Pen so that it wasn't just rattling around in my pocket.
--Bshort 12:00, 21 Sep 2005 (EDT)
I prefer the $6.99/2 pack of fine-point Zebra pens instead. Nice writing; I don't need to scribble upside down underwater in space.
--TheWayOfTheGun 15:25, 21 Sep 2006 (PDT)
After reading all the hype, I picked up a Fisher and was disappointed. My bullet space pen tends to balk when writing on lower quality paper. It is fine in a Moleskine, but has trouble with el cheapo index cards, which I use quite a bit. I emailed Fisher about this twice asking if my pen was defective, I needed different ink, etc., but never received a response.
On the upside, the quality of the design is undeniable. The pen has a nice heft, and the way the cap doubles as an extension is very clever. It's one of those objects that just oozes good design when you pick it up.
In practical use, there aren't many situations where I have space for a bullet pen but not a regular pen. Sure, a regular pen is double the size of a bullet pen, but double a very small volume is still pretty small. My bullet space pen does see a bit of use, but for the most part I stick with my trusty Uniball Vision micros.
Myself, I've been happily using a 4-colour Bic (DON'T BOTHER WITH IMITATIONS!) for a few years now and find colour options invaluable in organizing information on the page: using Buzan's 'Mind-Map' techniques usually, deciphering them later and cramming more onto a card than previously possible (you can write over the top) ;D
My own system is as follows:
RED - Physical (meals, exercise, laundry, toiletries...) BLUE - Mental (things to learn, university work, attitudes to adopt...) GREEN - Spiritual (friends, loves, parties, meditation, music, hobbies...) BLACK - Financial/whatever (work, account balances, budgets, transport times, insurance, paperwork, bureaucracy...)