After my review of the Lamy Pico a few readers have requested a comparison between the Fisher Space Pen Bullet and Lamy Pico. Well, here it is! Both pens are excellent options.
Let's begin with the Fisher Space Pen Bullet.
The Fisher Space Pen was the first anti-gravity pen developed by Paul Fisher in 1965. The pen was also the first pen capable of being used in outer space. So how does the Fisher Space Pen differ from other ballpoint pens? The cartridge is pressurized with nitrogen gas so that it does not rely on gravity to work. It can be used in freezing cold, extreme heat, underwater, and upside down.
The Bullet provides excellent durability so that it can survive daily use and abuse. It offers style and portability all in one package. The pen's barrel is made of chrome-plated brass giving it a high-quality look and feel in the hand. The etched grip provides limited slippage when writing.
The Fisher Space Pen Bullet is the ultimate everyday carry option and one of my favorite pocket pens. The writing experience is smooth and lays down a dark line. I bought this pen to carry in my pocket while on the job. It is so compact that I forget it's in my pocket most of the time. Oh, I can't forget to mention, its made in the good ol' USA too!
Now let's discuss the Lamy Pico.
I’ve been using the Lamy Pico for the past few months and I’m absolutely impressed! The Pico is not only unique and well designed but writes extremely well for a ballpoint pen. For years, the Fisher Space Pen Bullet has been my favorite pocket pen, but that has changed. The Pico’s ability to retract and extend to a full-size pen has given it an edge over its competitors.
The Pico, like other Lamy pens, has elements of Bauhaus design. One of the first things you’ll notice is its modern, simplistic, and sophisticated styling. It comes in an array of colors, but I decided to choose the black model because it was most attractive to me. This particular model has a metal body with plastic internals; however, some colors are made of plastic. I prefer the heftier metal as it provides more durability. Also, the matte black finish allows me to have a better grip on the pen. The Lamy logo is tastefully placed on the side of the barrel in silver.
Most of you are probably curious about how this pen works. To deploy the Pico, gently press the knock all the way down, and then release it. As you press downward you see the refill deploying. As you release, the knock will extend making the pen comfortable for writing. The pen extends from 9 cm to 12 cm which is almost a full-size pen. The motion is very quiet and smooth.
The Lamy Pico provides a stellar writing experience for a ballpoint pen. Its M22 refill is very smooth and does not blot. It writes similar to the M16 refill in the Lamy 2000 ballpoint. The refill is much smaller than the M16, so it may need to be replaced more often. I’ve been using the same refill for four months without needing to replace it and I’ve written a lot.
Weighing in at 1.4 ounces, the Pico is very lightweight. It feels well balanced and comfortable in the hand for extended writing sessions. It is amazingly comfortable for its small size.
Penman's Final Remark
I enjoy both the Fisher Space Pen Bullet and Lamy Pico. The Lamy Pico is one of the most comfortable pocket pens I’ve used to date; however, it is not as versatile as the Bullet. The Bullet has the ability to be used in freezing cold, extreme heat, underwater, and upside down. Under most circumstances, I’d chose the Lamy Pico’s more comfortable writing experience, but the Fisher Space Pen Bullet clearly has the better refill. Which do you prefer?