6 tips for choosing the right pen

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Try before you buy

If possible, try before you buy. It has to suit you! Everyone is different, so what is right for one may not be right for you. If you don’t feel comfortable, useless to buy an ergonomic, good-looking or trendy pen, you won’t enjoy using it and eventually leave it aside.

A pen neither too big nor too small

It should be adapted to the size of your hand and your fingers. So, if you or your child has a small hand, don’t take a big pen, pencil or felt-tip pen. Indeed, this would promote a palmar grip (with the palm of the hand) and the fingers will lose mobility. 

The pencil is ideal for beginners. 

To start learning to write, a pencil is the most suitable. It is erasable and does not bleed! I recommend favoring triangular pencils with a good lead quality. Some mechanical pencils are also very well designed and will help you better manage the pressure you exert on the sheet. 

Abandon the 4-color bic pen

This pen like many other ballpoint pens requires you to hold them vertically and apply strong pressure so that the ink can flow. In addition, its size causes poor grip. Prefertriangular shaped ballpoint pens that have a good glide like the Papermate Inkjoy Ballpoint and Schneider Slider Edge XB.

Are you left-handed?

Some pens are more ergonomic for left-handed people and promote good grip and better comfort. Do not neglect them.

Adapt the choice according to your writing experience

A child and an adult will not have the same needs or requirements regarding the choice of pen.
  • Thus, children in primary school appreciate fine felt-tip pens (if the exerted pressure is mastered) or rollers. They offer good glide and some erase like fountain pens.
  • I do not recommend friction pens, their ink flow is not regular and varies according to their inclination.
  • With a little more experience, the fountain pen exhibits exceptional glide if properly chosen and used. Writing with a fountain pen requires learning and support, especially for children.
     
     

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