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This item: Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Orange Body - $10.00
|Model Number||TOMBOW BC-AP54|
|Body Material||Rubber, Plastic|
|Design Style||Pressurized Ink|
|Diameter - Grip||13 mm|
|Diameter - Max||13 mm|
|Grip Material||Rubber, Plastic|
|Length - Extended||11.8 cm|
|Length - Retracted||12.2 cm|
|Pre-Installed Ink Color||Black|
|Tip Length||3 mm|
|Tip Size||0.7 mm|
November 17, 2011
Great pen. Writes very...
Great pen. Writes very smoothly and is comfortable in the hand. I think I know why the one reviewer says that the pen leaks at the tip -- if you are one of those folks who fidgit by clicking their pen open and closed alot while thinking about what to write next, you are probably activating the air pressure mechanism and eventually ink will build up on the tip and smear on the page.
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April 16, 2014
I don't care whether...
I don't care whether a pen will work in the weightless vacuum of outer space, or at 300 degrees, or standing on my head at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. I don't care because if I find myself in those conditions I have more to worry about than whether my pen works.
However, I do care quite a lot whether a pen works outdoors at 30 to 40 degrees f. Such conditions, if you have to work out in them all day, only make you WISH you could die. While I'm out there in the cold I need something to write with, and a standard ballpoint won't do it. The ball locks up in cold temperatures. It will tear a hole in the paper before it will leave a mark.
The Fisher Space Pen does work in the cold, which is why I always carry one. I thought the Tombow Airpress might be a good substitute for the Fisher. Not a chance. It freezes up in moderate cold just like a standard ballpoint does.
It also writes like a standard fine ballpoint pen; scratchy weak line, but perfectly adequate for utility grade work. Provided it's warm enough, of course.
Other than that, the pen is short yet fat, an uncomfortable shape. On one side is a clip that digs unpleasantly into the web of my hand if I hold the pen that way, on the other a lanyard loop molded in which does the same, so there is no really comfortable way to hold it. It uses a short refill that doesn't contain much ink, so I don't expect it to last too long.
This pen is OK for utility writing under mild weather conditions, but for me it offers no advantages over disposable stick pens that cost much less and contain a larger ink supply.
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July 1, 2012
I ordered this pen to...
I ordered this pen to join my Uni PowerTank to use at my job which requires outside work in all weather. Compared to the Power Tank this one seems to write a tad darker. I think this is because the pressure that remains in the ink cartridge is topped off when you click the pen to use it again. This probably results in more pressure than the constant pressure of the Power Tank. I get a glob of ink on the tip once in a while, but I've trained myself to not click this pen. The pen body is easy to hold onto. I can't recommend it though over the PowerTank other than on aesthetics. It costs much more and does practically the same as the PowerTank.
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January 17, 2015
This is great as an "extreme...
This is great as an "extreme conditions" pen. Even though the body is plastic, it feels solid, and I'm a big fan of the clip. The ink isn't going to make you forget about your expensive rollerball/gel ink pen, but it's designed to work in less than ideal conditions, which is why I bought it. It's not my primary everyday pen, but I carry it when I work through hot, cold, sometimes wet/rainy conditions, and it works as advertised.
The Fisher Space Pen is the grandfather of these type pens, but the lighter plastic body and unique clip on the AirPress make these a winner.
November 5, 2014
This is a handy write-anywhere...
This is a handy write-anywhere type pen, but I like it more now that I fit a Jetstream (multi) 1.0 mm refill - better inkflow, and bolder smoother lines.