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I caught glimpse of this fascinating pen the other day, while I was at Wilkinson or something. I'm the sort of person who has a job which requires him to always do a fair bit of writing, a lot of the time without help of a keyboard or anything, and I was really quite interested by it.
The big selling point of these pens is that they're ergonomically designed to fit in your hand comfortably, so that you hold your pen in the best possible, comfortable and wrist-healthy way.
It's quite a cool idea, and the really nice thing is that it comes in both left and right handed shapes, something southpaws like me don't often find (seriously, try using a right handed ergonomic mouse when you're left handed).
Taken out of the packaging and holding it, it did take me a minute to get a proper grip on the thing, so I held in the "right" way and although it was awkward for a while, my hand soon started to adjust to it. Again, writing with it was quite weird at first, but once you get used to it it does provide a very comfortable and easy writing experience.
My problem with it, though, is that it's effectively pointless. The thing with ordinary pens is that I've grown up using them. Since I was holding crayons or pencils, in fact and unless you carry your new ergonomic pen with you everywhere you go and use it all the time, you'll simply go back to older and easier habits.
As cool as this pen is, I don't see myself using it all the time unless everywhere uses them. Plus compared to other pens, it does cost a fair bit.
I am the mother of a 7 year old boy who suffers from messy writing, which I put down to being left handing. During the dreaded six weeks holiday the television is filled with ads for back to school products.
I never normally bow to pressure however the stabilo easy mover caught my eye. I rushed out to buy one for my son but was shocked to find them priced at £3.99 and that was on offer.
I was certain that this pen was going to really help my son, The funky designed pen ensures it is being correctly held and cames in bright pink and blue colours. I am sure you can find it in other colours too though.
It is refillable and came with two spare inks and some tags so you can put your childs name on his pen so it doesn't get lost or mixed up when at school.
Joshua found it easier holding the pen and I do see a slight improvement when he wites with this pen, that maybe due to the fact he focuses more when using it as he thinks it's cool he has his own special pen.
Only problem I have is that my son's school won't let him use it as they are not allowed pens at school. I have just found out that they do a pencil version but I need to track down a stockist near me now.
Got messy handwriting? Give this a whizz. Its wierd twisted shape and finger indents mean its imposible to write with comfortably unless you adopt the correct hand posture as recommended by occupational health peeps. Once you've cracked that it really does make a difference. It does feel a bit wierd to start with but once you've got over that it writes smoothly and it does seem to neaten your handwriting.
Availaable in a variety of funky colours and with both left and right handed variants each pen comes with three blue ink refills and a selection of stickers to enable you to label it with your name which is very useful in a school where almost half of every class has one. Black and red ink refills are also widely available.
Its possible to purchase an additional eraser pen too so you can correct any mistakes you do make.
For any lefties out there this is a huge improvement on the Yoropen range of writing equipment and as its quick drying ink it doesn't smudge as you write.
The pencil variant is marketed as the EasyErgo Pencil but comes with rather chunky lead making it more suited to a nursery school than an office.
Now I do know that this pen is meant for Kids to help them improve their handwriting, but it looked so fun and funky on the TV advert that I just had to have one too!
I bought it from Tesco on offer at £3.50, this included three refills and a very compact little ink eraser pen to correct mistakes. I bought the Pink right handed version of this pen. The full price of this is about £4.50 and you can buy refills separately.
Some of the great thing about this pen it is that it comes in 5 different colour options, all in either a left handed or a right handed version.
It was very easy to take the pen apart and insert the ink refill, and full instructions were included on how to do this.
It's very comfortable in your hand as there are small grooves in the side which for your grip on the sides, and it's slightly squidgy in your hand so if you tend to grip pens hard you won't end up with dents in your fingers.
The ink flows nicely when writing, it feels very natural to hold and write with and has a nice weight.
I can see how this has been designed to help children learning to write neatly, as well as having a colourful appeal to kids.
I work in a stationery shop and when these pens came out, thanks to clever marketing we were inundated with requests for these pens.
So i was suitably intrigued when the first set arrived, and quickly got to work testing one out. For a while, i seemed to experience a placebo effect of sorts, convincing myself that my handwriting was dramatically better.
So, undeterred by the £4.99 price tag, i decided to spring for one.
On the upside the pen is very comfortable to hold thanks to some well sized finger grooves and an arc that rests on your hand, and it also looks suitably funky for your average school kid.
Over prolonged use, i decided that it didn't really help my handwriting much more than any other handwriting specific pen, so don't expect miracles from this pen.
However, this pen comes in both left and right handed versions and i have heard extensively that it has helped many left handers to improve their handwriting, so it would seem that this is where the pens market lies.
Available in all the usual colours, this is a good pen, but there are several different variables. First, it's wildly over priced at £4.99. If it carried a price tag similar to other pens of it's kind, i'd give it 4 stars, but this knocks it down to 3.
Given that it didn't really improve my handwriting, which was the crux of the extensive marketing campaign, i'm going to have to drop it to 2, but it regains a star for it's effectiveness with left handers.
Overall, i would suggest trying this before buying one.
I've rated this product 5 for everything in the hope that you realise how good it is. It's coming up as a toy but this pen isn't a toy, it's a very useful resource for left-handed people. I use one myself (as a left-hander) and have recently bought a few for my classroom for left-handed pupils and noticed a change in their handwriting. I have a pink one and I have blue ones in the classroom - it's only boys who use it so I didn't think they'd like my pink one lol!
As a child, I was very lucky that I didn't have to turn the page or over extend my wrist in order to write correctly but I still found the pen comfortable. Since using the pen I've stopped getting the horrible groove in my fingers which is quite important when you do a lot of writing. As a teacher I do a lot of marking etc and I find it comfortable for extended periods of work.
Well worth the purchase, especially as you get refills included. It comes highly recommended from me.
A rollerball that writes just like a fountain pen that does not smudge and does not scratch.