Unknowingly and progressively hurting yourself?
Our hands are one of our most useful assets and so we should treat them with care. Injury can mean physical pain as well as loss income for the time when we cannot work. One way to do this is to make sure the tools we use are ergonomic, so we do not get hurt while working. Writing by hand for long stretches is tiring so it is important to choose a pen that is designed ergonomically.
This article will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to determine if the pen you are using is ergonomically designed. And to take relevant action to replace it with one that will not progressiely hurt you as you work.
Holding your pen correctly
Before checking if your pen is ergonomic, you should check that you are holding your pen properly. Observe how you are holding your pen. Are you gripping the pen too tightly? How are your fingers gripping the pen? For proper grip, your thumb holds the pen in place while it rests between your index and middle finger. Writing involves your whole arm, not just your hand, so your arm should be at a comfortable distance away from your body. Writing with the major muscles group of your arms instead of only your hands allows your to write for longer period of time and more effortlessly. See our article on How to Write with a Fountain Pen.
Weight of the pen
The weight of the pen is one factor that affects writing comfort. A heavy pen requires more strength to control. While a pen that is too light requires more effort to push the pen onto the paper for ink to flow.
Shape of the pen
The shape of the pen affects writing comfort. An ideal pen shape is one that is long enough so that it is comfortable for the hand to grip. The pen should be well-balanced, not top heavy so that the movement of the pen is smooth and even. The barrel of the pen should be thick around the gripping area to provide a comfortable grip for the hand.
Design of the pen grip
Preferably, the grip of the pen should be made from thick, cushiony material. This provides a better grip as opposed to pen grips made from smooth plastic or metal. Grips come in different shapes, they can be cylindrical, triangular or tapered. Try a few different shapes to find which is the most comfortable for you.
Ease of ink flow
Ballpoint and fountain pens work using different ink mechanism. Ballpoint pens require more downward pressure and effort when writing. For long sessions of writing, the downward pressure needed can take its toll on the writer. Liquid inks such as fountain pens flow more easily, reducing the effort required to make marks on the paper. In fact for fountain pen, one simply has to guide the pen along. The weight of the pen is enough to get ink flowing. If you have to do lots of writing, consider trying out a fountain pen.
Correct writing grip and posture is essential in reducing hand fatigue.
An ergonomically designed pen should be light (but not too light that you have to exert much effort to push it down onto the paper for ink to flow), well-balanced in your hands and have a long barrel for a comfortable grip.
Preferably, the grip of the pen should be thick and made of a cushiony material to provide a comfortable grip when writing.
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