The pen is definitely a thing of minimalist beauty. All shiny chrome and sleek like a beautiful bullet. In the package it looks impossibly small, which initially worried me since I have large hands, and trying to write with a too-small pen is the worst kind of torture.
Did I say minimalist? It fits in a pocket so well that you don't even know it's there. In fact, as I carried it around in my pocket today, I found myself repeatedly putting my hand in my pocket and it was just so I could absentmindedly caress the smooth finish of the pen. (Is that weird? I don't think so.)
Another, slightly inconvenient, feature of this pen is the fact that it's perfectly round and therefore prone to rolling off a table or desk. They do sell clips for the pen on the Space Pen website, which would help the rolling issue.
Speaking of the website, it's well worth a visit. The company has taken a simple pen design and cleverly embellished it in every possible (and collectible) way. There's a Breast Cancer Awareness version (in pink, naturally), Space Pens with military insignias, religious symbols, Halloween pens, and pens in every possible color and finish. I don't need more than one Space Pen (especially since I can't really see this as a Daily Writer), but the website certainly does make one salivate.
So my verdict? I'm glad I bought one, just to satisfy my curiosity and to be able to say that I own one of these famous and historic pens. But I will take a G-2 or a PaperMate any old day.