Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Orange Body

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4.3 (12 reviews)
The Tombow AirPress leverages the energy from each push of the cap to inject air pressure into the ink cartridge allowing the pen to write on challenging surfaces. The pen is excellent for construction people or other people working outdoors since it can write at extreme angles, upside down, on wet paper, and in cold weather. It is similar to the Uni-ball Power Tank Ballpoint Pen, except that this pen ingeniously uses the retraction method to create air pressure.

Pen has a strong, wire pocket clip and features a loop that allows you to attach it to lanyards and key chains. Multiple body colors and black refills are available.

Model NumberTOMBOW BC-AP54
Weight0.8 ounces
Body Color Orange
Body Material Plastic, Rubber
Clip Material Metal
Clippable Yes
Design Style Pressurized Ink
Diameter - Grip 13 mm
Diameter - Max 13 mm
Grip Color Orange
Grip Material Plastic, Rubber
Ink Refillable Yes
Length - Extended 11.8 cm
Length - Retracted 12.2 cm
Mechanism Retractable
Pre-Installed Ink Color Black
Tip Length 3 mm
Tip Material Metal
Tip Size 0.7 mm

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Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Orange Body - TOMBOW BC-AP54
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I don't care whether...
April 16, 2014
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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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Great pen. Writes very...
November 17, 2011
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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I ordered this pen to...
July 1, 2012
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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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This pen is super-cool....
February 25, 2015
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This pen is super-cool. It starts with the origami-like packaging, which was so interesting, I didn't want to damage it. Once out of the package, the orange body looks and feels great. The majority of the body has a rubberized feel, with smoother, raised ribs where the fingers would grip. It is very comfortable to write with. I was a bit wary of such a fine point, but the ink flows very smoothly and evenly. The clip on the side is sturdy, but compliant. It doesn't have a death-grip on the side of the pen, so it clips and un-clips nicely. My only ding against this pen is the push-button. It seems a little loose compared to the rest of the pen, but so far it has stood up to the abuse. I would definitely buy again.
Amazing pen! Recommended...
February 12, 2015
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Amazing pen! Recommended by, bought it for my parents to use on their trip to Uganda to do some journaling and it worked spectacularly! They used it daily for a full month in the middle of the wilds of Africa while they helped build an solar powered potable water system for a remote village. No dust or dirt made it skip a beat. The only thing I could complain about is the refills are a little small as with light daily use it only lasted 28 days before it ran dry. I'm ordering a few refills soon.