Pen Again: Uniquely Shaped Pens For Writing More Comfortably

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” ~ Plato

In today’s world, the internet makes it possible to find a solution to most of our problems if we research thoroughly enough.

In the last year or so, I’ve experienced decreased comfort in my daily life which I attribute to my arthritis. I can usually tell when it’s going to rain and, sadly, my prolonged writing sessions using a regular pen has taken a big hit. It wasn’t long ago that I could fill a dozen pages during my café visits with only a bit of soreness; now, I’m lucky if I can get a maybe 2 or 3 pages done.  The increased pain prompted me to look for alternatives to a standard pen so that I can comfortably continue doing what I love. I know that I’ll eventually need to use a laptop to write but my mission was to find something that allows me to use pen/notebook for as long as I can. Yes, I can be stubborn, but I am also old-fashioned and I have a process that’s worked for me for 40 years. It’s not easy to give up and the idea of doing so saddens me greatly.

So…my ever-curious self decided to look on Amazon for a special pen that would make writing easier for people with various health complaints including arthritis, hand injuries, and Parkinson’s disease. Amazon didn’t disappoint; I found several options, the most interesting one being a pen with a unique “Y” shape.

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A unique addition to my collection of pens.

Although there was more than one brand of these types of pens and multiple quantities available, I chose the 3-pack of Pen Again pens so that I could keep one in my purse and use the other 2 at my desks. Looking through the reviews, I found most mostly positive feedback; the negative reviews were based on the ink skipping or that it didn’t help with keeping a steady hand as expected. The price for these 3 pens* was pretty reasonable ~ I paid about $7.50 and free shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon prices do fluctuate, so the price of these pens has increased slightly since I ordered them.

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How to hold a Pen Again pen.

I had my pens in a couple of days and I couldn’t wait to try them. I’m a prolific writer and I was hoping that I’d found the solution to my uncomfortable, and sometimes painful writing sessions. The index finger goes in the gap, alleviating the pressure on the joints. Holding the pen is comfortable enough and it’s not painful when I write; having said that, they do take some getting used to. If I had to make a suggestion about comfort, I think it would be an improvement to have more of a cushion where the pen presses along my middle finger. I have a tendency to slant to the right and doing so gives me more control of the pen, but it also causes numbness in my hand after a while. I don’t notice any pressure or discomfort otherwise, but I notice that my writing is considerably messier; hopefully, that will improve with time as I get more used to the pen. The ink flow is very good ~ no skipping or globs on the page, which is a very good thing. Although the pens don’t hold as much ink as a standard pen, Pen Again refills* are available {$4-$6 for 2 on Amazon}. A side note: The reviews for the refills state that the refills are easy to change. I hope there are instructions because I can’t figure out how to open the pen! Anyway, the pen is retractable; the button is on the underside of the pen and, while easily accessible, it’s where you can’t accidentally press it while writing.

To sum up, I think these pens are worth a try because I think everyone’s experience with them will vary. For some people who can’t use standard pens and need them for practical writing tasks, they may be a real lifesaver. I probably will try to find an alternative {I saw these cushions* that fit on standard pens and may try that next} but I think they’re good to keep nearby if needed. I’m definitely glad I tried them and, as someone who absolutely loves pens and office supplies, I think they make a unique addition to my pen collection.

Since I posted these on my social media, I have gotten messages from people asking questions about them. Please get in touch if you would like to know more information about them. If this review helps at least one of my readers, I’m a very happy woman.

If you suffer from arthritis, do you have any go-to products to make your life easier? Please let us hear from you.

Take care and God Bless you.

Until next time…

 

 

* Note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by the bold asterisks. Clicking on these links doesn’t cost you anything, but if you buy the items as a result of clicking on the links within this post, I get a little bit of money to pay my bills and, perhaps, buy an occasional cup of coffee to write more articles. I only include affiliate links for products I have personally bought and would recommend to others.

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