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#1 Gregster

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 06:20 AM

Anyone have any ideas which inexpensive pen is best for writing in the cold and wet.
I find that my pens freeze up after being sat in my stab vest / hand after a few mins in the cold.
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:41 AM

Fisher Space Pens are brilliant..........although I think all ink stops flowing near 0........

We have a similar problem with our roadside breath test kits - after about 40-50 minutes outside near 0 they slow down to the point where they just stop.  We did some checks last year when it was minus 10 and they lasted about 20 minutes - at which point I'd stopped feeling my fingers anyway - thankfully our skipper let us warm the kits up in the car for a few minutes and then let us carry on.  Wasn't that kind?  ;)
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:08 AM

Eeeeeh Ah remember, in't days when we used to wear capes in't cad weather, the owld pencil niver froz up when mekin your notes.
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:13 AM

Just a thought, computers run better (faster) when cold. The best speeds have been achieved when the chips are cooled by liquid nitrogen.
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:23 AM

Do old fashioned cardidge pens feeze? I know they can leak something awful, but maybe they don't freeze.
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:36 AM

View PostM&MBM, on 03 February 2012 - 09:23 AM, said:

Do old fashioned cardidge pens feeze? I know they can leak something awful, but maybe they don't freeze.

Have you got one you can stare at for 5 minutes, M? Just to test? ;)
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:21 PM

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:39 PM

View PostM&MBM, on 03 February 2012 - 12:21 PM, said:

I know I have a cold stare but it's not that bad.

But you aren't on the receiving end. :tongue_cheek:
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:53 PM

View PostPenbwlch, on 03 February 2012 - 09:13 AM, said:

Just a thought, computers run better (faster) when cold. The best speeds have been achieved when the chips are cooled by liquid nitrogen.

Try telling that to our work PDA's (electronic notebooks) and bluetooth printers.  Stand out in the cold for more than a few minutes and the battery goes flat. :angry:

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:27 PM

View Post999tommo, on 03 February 2012 - 01:53 PM, said:

Try telling that to our work PDA's (electronic notebooks) and bluetooth printers.  Stand out in the cold for more than a few minutes and the battery goes flat. :angry:

Yes, the battery always seems to be the weak link.
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:57 PM

My camera batteries lose charge very fast in the cold.

Gregster, if you like I'll put a new cartridge in my Parker pen, leave it outside for a while and see if it still writes, because they're not cheap, but at least they take cartridges. Not worth you getting ine if they freeze too
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:50 PM

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

View PostGregster, on 03 February 2012 - 06:20 AM, said:

inexpensive pen

I have it on good authority that Pen is NOT inexpensive :tongue_cheek: :tongue_cheek:
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:46 PM

View PostBIkerider, on 24 February 2012 - 10:49 AM, said:

I have it on good authority that Pen is NOT inexpensive :tongue_cheek: :tongue_cheek:
Absolutely correct. I am also a lot more expensive if you want me to write in the cold. :D
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 05:00 PM

Fisher Space Pen - fantastic in all conditions. Buy the refills off eBay (direct from the US) to save cash. Can't recommend them enough - I'm on my fifth!
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:59 PM

Uni-ball Powertank are supposed to be good, not had chance to try the claims to write in low temps, but tried on some wet paper and seemed to work well. If you buy a box of them on ebay, they can be had at under a quid fifty each, bit better on the wallet than the space pen if they get "borrowed".

I tested them after being left at -20c in the freezer for a few days, worked perfectly!





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