Pens are often advertised as being ergonomic, but this word tends to dissolve into a haze of marketing speak. What makes a pen ergonomic? There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, since ergonomics vary from person to person, depending on hand shape and size as well as medical conditions, such as carpal tunnel or arthritis. This guide will help you parse through ergonomic pen options and also give some tips and tricks for preventing hand injury.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ERGONOMIC PENS
There are a few considerations to keep in mind when selecting an ergonomic pen. Here is an overview of qualities that are conducive to comfortable writing.
Generally, pens that are long, balanced, and thick are considered more ergonomic because they are easier to physically grasp. Manufacturers have also played with various designs, and as a result, there are pens with hourglass figures, chiseled contour lines, and even pens that follow one smooth curve—all in the pursuit of the perfect ergonomic shape.
Most ergonomic pens are tip heavy for this reason—the weight naturally pushes the tip down, whereas a top-heavy pen sways with each stroke, forcing the hand to grip harder to compensate.A pen should be light enough to hold comfortably, but heavy enough so that it doesn’t require too much pressure to write.
A good grip can help alleviate finger discomfort, especially during long writing sessions. Grips range from extremely soft and cushioned to firm and grooved. We recommend a rubber grip that is gentler and easier for fingers to stick to as opposed to slippery metal or plastic surfaces. Choosing the right grip depends on your particular grip. For example, someone with a death grip probably needs a squishier pen grip.
Pen Ink Flow
A pen with good ink flow reduces the amount of exerted force required when writing, minimizing fatigue. For this reason, some people prefer using gel or rollerball pens
for their juicy flow. However, ballpoint pens have come a long way—many brands now offer smooth flowing inks in their ballpoint pens, which yield legible, attractive letters and characters.