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View Full Discussion Soooo, mentioned earlier that the Infinium was pretty much just a newer-named version of the Magnum Bullet/Millennium/2010/Mars spacepens, but I rediscovered (an old email with) another response from Fisher, when I had asked them about it - apparently they did have an interesting difference initially:
"For the most part yes – There was a brief period of time several years back where we changed how these pens were made from having their barrels filled with ink & pressurized to instead having a large ink refill cartridge inside that was non-removable by the end user, however that change only lasted a couple of years and we have since switched back to filling the barrels themselves and pressurizing the entire pen. The primary differences between the former Mars/Milleniums and the current Infiniums is that the Infiniums all feature a new emblem on the back and they all say ‘Infinium’ down the front of the pocket clip."
I forgot that they said they had a large replaceable ink refill cartridge at one time that wasn't removable by the end user - wonder if many of those are out in the wild? And then, I figure it was a deal where you'd send it back to Fisher for a replacement cartridge. And wonder if they still use the large refill cartridges in other pens or if that idea for a refill was scrapped? Just thinkin' visibly - I could probably ask 'em if I really wanted answers/insight.
Also, I found the references to how long the ink supply was supposed to last - my memory was fuzzy and messed up what the values were. Instead of thinking the ink supply lasted 80 times longer than the average refill, or about 50 years for the average writer, I believe this (cached archive of a webpage) was where I got the idea way back when: http://web.archive.org/web/20031002061317/http:/www.thewritersedge.com/fisher.millennium.cfm "They will each write a continuous line over 30 miles long which is enough ink to last the average person over 80 YEARS!" Now, if you take that distance value with the idea from the company's owner (quoted in a separate comment) that they quote the lower part of the range though they've had linear write-outs of longer distances, then 80 years for an average writer could be a conservative estimate, which is pretty impressive. When my second Millennium finally was sent back, it could've been because I knew that the Millennium had such a large supply of ink that I liked doodling and drawing the diz character Goofy's portrait so much (which used a lot of black ink), which helped the pen to actually run out of ink quicker than usual...
Plus, from that page, I was reminded of the Millennium II pens as well (they had different finishes), and you can see the Magnum Bullet spacepen name - see? I wasn't makin' it up, lol. And separately, here's the cache of the specific page where I got my Magnum (though I got it for $1 less - maybe they lowered the price a year later?): http://web.archive.org/web/19971012224155/http:/www.elitescribe.com/p15a.htm
So at one time, they wanted to call it the Magnum Bullet, yet it was referred to as the Millennium as a name which stuck for a while, even though that name's not actually on the barrel. The name which IS on the various incarnations (even on the Infinium)? The 2010 Fisher Spacepen. Or actually, "2010 Space Pen by Fisher", though it seems I'm used to combining the words 'space' and 'pen', apparently. Just fyi. :D
Well, I'm havin' fun lookin' back at the history of the Millennium pens - how 'bout a screencap of a cache of the What's New page from Fisher, the way it looked back in Jun '97 (& which archive is now not displaying properly anymore - funny that even caches or archives are also temporary)? Got that image/'cap added of the now-defunct page: http://web.archive.org/web/19970601150025/http://www.spacepen.com/page1.htm
Later emails to Fisher Space Pen folks who didn't work there back then said they didn't know the history of the Millennium Space Pen, and that they never saw any images where the Millennium was shown clipless. Whatcha notice from the page? Just curious what ya might pick up on - fun times for webpages back then, huh? Well, not sure how long this comment page'll be around, but thought I'd add a bunch of background info about the Infinium and its predecessors which probably haven't been all in one place online before. Just for the fun o' it.
And forgot to mention that the Infiniums have the emblem on back. Well, as ya were...
+1 for time spent on product research. Informative and interesting. Thanks!
Wow, yeah +1 more for this epic post and a really nice reply for @Ashmadai as well. Talk about offering a great service to the community, you rock!
Hope it all helps! Happened to have info about this drop which I thought I could share of which others might not be aware, in case they were interested.
Also, that "What's New" Fisher Space Pen page I uploaded got resized to where folks might not be able to read it, and I saw that it's probably an automatically-generated deal. Looking at the url, I removed the sizing parameters, so I think that, if they click on the following url, it'll let folks see the page at the original resolution.
Actually, not sure if I'm allowed to link to the larger version of the file, however, you can see it there, fwiw: http://j.mp/FisherSpacePenWhatIsNew_1Jun97 :)
thanks for the insight and story. good read.