Before I would always find myself helplessly fishing for a pen, no matter what I did. God knows, I tried hard: I'd stuff every single bag I had with a bunch of pens, but sooner or later would end up with all these pens scattered around somewhere, lost, misplaced and just never in their proper place.
My boyfriend seems to do just fine keeping pens in his pockets (he always has one on him!), but I just knew that I had to have something that attaches to my keychain. The space pen made a world of difference: now I NEVER find myself desperately groping for a pen, whereas before I was doing that CONSTANTLY. It's one of those little tweaks that cut down big time on frustration and just make life flow a little bit smoother.
I've been using the pen for about six months now and really like it. So, here is a quick breakdown of the features:
-- MAKE and FEEL The pen feels very solid, the cap is tight. The rubber grip is a nice touch. I have not had any issues with the pen coming unscrewed.
-- SIZE I have bigger than average hands for a female (long fingers), and would say that the pen is too small to write novels with, but for brief notes (e.g. logbook entries), which is all I ever use mine for, it's just fine. I wouldn't want the pen to be bigger, because otherwise it would be an annoyance to carry in the pocket. As it is, the pen is small enough to be relatively unobtrusive, but not so small that it is cumbersome to handle.
--ATTACHMENTS I have not used the lanyard, so can't comment on that. The black key ring (that comes with the black tactical version of the Trekker) has had paint chipping off, and it's certainly not black now, but that's not a concern with the silver version of the pen, and not something I personally care about anyway (especially since the paint has NOT been chipping off the pen itself, it's as black and beautiful as on the day I got it). My only complaint is that the pen does not have anything in a way of a clip. So after I pull the keychain out of the pocket and pull the pen off the cap, I have no way to clip the pen to, say, the kneeboard or a pocket. I basically have nowhere to put it other than back into its cap: if I tried to put it down, it would roll off and get lost pretty fast, since it's so small and round. I understand the designers were trying to keep it sleek, but surely a small clip wouldn't get in the way too much. However, in some sense this is not too bad - it forces me to use this pen as a spare and not rely on it exclusively. It also makes sure I can't forget this pen anywhere, clipped to something or other, as I so easily forget others.
--WRITING QUALITY The writing is solid - not too faint and not blotchy. Always writes on first try. Can't comment on how it writes on different surfaces, since I only used it on regular paper.
--OVERALL Excellent buy. Sure, it's pricey for a pen, but you do get real quality for what you pay, so I have no regrets about mine.