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#1 Selvion

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:16

I was talking to my grandmother about the Platinum 3776 I got myself for Christmas and she seemed to take an interest in the pen since she always wrote with fountain pens when she were younger. Unfortunately, she currently has bad arthritis and can't completely close her fingers on either hand making it difficult to grip a slimmer pen. In short, I need help with any suggestions about fatter barreled pens or just pens that are comfortable to write with in general.

(Budget < USD $150)

 

TL;DR - Looking for suggestions for a comfortable to use pen or one with a somewhat large barrel. 



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#2 dapprman

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 14:32

Left field - try a Faber-Castell eMotion - it's an odd shape which either works for you or does not (I like mine, about to buy a pearwood one off some one else, but the person who was going to buy mine loved the weight but not the feel).  Faber-Castell steel nibs are also superb if you prefer a softeer smoother type of writing.  If intrigued, might be worth looking for a second hand one as there will have been people who bought one and regretted it.

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#3 KellyMcJ

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 14:39

I've never used the F-C Emotion but dang, that photo is making it look appealing. :D It looks like it might be heavy though. I don't know how your grandmother does with heavy pens)

 

For a pen with a lot of girth without a lot of weight, an Edison Collier is a good option.

 

A Conklin Duragraph- probably the most comfortable pen I own- If you don't mind doing some nib work or swapping the nib because there's a decent change  of getting a bad nib (but the pen bodies are perfect.)



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 14:40

I was talking to my grandmother about the Platinum 3776 I got myself for Christmas and she seemed to take an interest in the pen since she always wrote with fountain pens when she were younger. Unfortunately, she currently has bad arthritis and can't completely close her fingers on either hand making it difficult to grip a slimmer pen. In short, I need help with any suggestions about fatter barreled pens or just pens that are comfortable to write with in general.
(Budget < USD $150)
 
TL;DR - Looking for suggestions for a comfortable to use pen or one with a somewhat large barrel. 


Hello Selvion,

:W2FPN:

I understand what you're going through... my mom has RA. :(

However, please bear in mind, all the advice you will receive here is subjective... everyone is different,... so, what worked for my mom may not work for your grandmother,... but I applaud your efforts in trying to help her. :)

The best advice I can give you is to take ALL of your pens to her and let her hold them and try them out. Here are the highlights from my "sales pitch" to my mom with my demo case...

L2K: She loved the "adjustable girth," but had trouble with the weight when full of ink. :(

Sheaffer Balance: grip not bad; but metal body too heavy.

Jinhao's were all too heavy, (grip on X-450 not bad).

Platinum 3776C: Great weight, but short grip with threads and sharp step were trouble for her.

Pilot Custom 74: Great weight; but section too short and threads bothersome.

I won't bore you with all the other failures... unless you think it would help,... then lmk; otherwise, here are the two she liked:


Lamy Safari... if she holds it towards the top of the section and the Pilot Falcon.


So, I bought her one of each... and she's enjoying them both. :) She gets a kick trying to flex the Falcon... it takes her back to her youth when flex nibs were a lot more common.

I've even thought about sending it to John Mottishaw, so it could be made into an easy flexer,... but I know my mom... she'll say don't bother and won't give it back to me... I should have sent it to Mottishaw BEFORE I gave it to her, but didn't think of it. :wallbash:


At any rate, that's my story... and I'm sticking to it,... :D ...remember, YMMV.

At any rate, in the words of the immortal Scoob: rots a ruck. :thumbup: And if there's anything else I can help you with on this, just bark. :D


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 15:03

I don't really know about many thick, light pens in that price range, and maybe I'll say something stupid, but what about some kind of rubber grip? Like those used by kids to learn how to grip a pencil the right way. I don't know, but maybe there's something which could similarly thicken the grip section of a thinner pen, at the cost of aesthetics. It's probably quite easy, albeit a bit time consuming, to even make your own.

Best wishes for you and your grandma,

 

Antonio.



#6 SoulSamurai

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 17:59

I don't really know about many thick, light pens in that price range, and maybe I'll say something stupid, but what about some kind of rubber grip? Like those used by kids to learn how to grip a pencil the right way. I don't know, but maybe there's something which could similarly thicken the grip section of a thinner pen, at the cost of aesthetics. It's probably quite easy, albeit a bit time consuming, to even make your own.
Best wishes for you and your grandma,
 
Antonio.

Interesting idea. For this to work in a practical sense you would need a pen with a cap that does not cover the grip. Something like a Muji pen, a Pilot Capless (maybe the lighter Decimo), a Namisu Nexus (a titanium or aluminium version probably wouldn't be too heavy?), or a Pilot Penmanship.

#7 georgeb

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 18:27

Try Laban Mento



#8 SoulSamurai

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 18:56

L2K: She loved the "adjustable girth," but had trouble with the weight when full of ink. :(

I recently obtained a Sheaffer 440. Similar shape to the L2K, but I find it incredibly light (might even be too light for me, but that's another story)

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 20:03

While not a fountain pen, this or something similar might serve her needs.  Link: https://www.caregive...onomic-pen.html



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 21:27

Look at a Bexley Prometheus. It's a fairly large pen with

an oversized diameter. While I do not suffer with arthritis,

the oversized diameter is just plain comfortable for me.

 

You can find them on eBay.

 

Another suggestion would be a Conklin All American.

Good length and a nice diameter. Again, I like bigger

diameter pens.



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 22:48

+1 for Edison Collier and Laban Mento. They do it for me (also an arthritis sufferer).

 

Rotring Core and similar pens might not appeal aesthetically but I believe were designed for ergonomics, and might be worth investigating. Another pen I find quite comfortable is the Stabilo Easy.

 

My advice would also be to look for pens that aren't heavy - metal bodied pens can weigh two or three times acrylic or celluloid pens and really tire the hands out.


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 23:10

Hello !  

 

I would suggest that you search and try by size and weight, but choose inexpensive  pens.  You can make a commitment to an expensive pen, after learning the right features.  

 

My neighbor suffers similarly.  He prefers a large, heavy pen, that "self-settles" into his hand.  He writes with a light touch.  However, if your grandmother prefers a sounder grip of the pen, perhaps a large-diameter, lightweight pen would be preferred.  

 

Please consider my offer of a fuchsia colored, Sheaffer NoNonsense cartridge pen.  I bought up an entire inventory of this unpopular color (22 pens), with the intent of sharing them.  I would include an empty ink cartridge , of my own devising.  You can fill it from your ink bottle.  Sharing is part of the fun in my hobby.  I ask the favor of your response via P.M. in this site.  Do not be shy.

 

Grandmothers -- everybody has one, or wishes he does.  

 

Happy New Year !


Edited by Sasha Royale, 03 January 2018 - 23:11.

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#13 Selvion

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 23:48

Try Laban Mento

Thanks for letting me know about this pen, had never heard about it before. I'll need to do some more research of course, but it looks lovely.



#14 Selvion

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 23:53

+1 for Edison Collier and Laban Mento. They do it for me (also an arthritis sufferer).

 

Rotring Core and similar pens might not appeal aesthetically but I believe were designed for ergonomics, and might be worth investigating. Another pen I find quite comfortable is the Stabilo Easy.

 

My advice would also be to look for pens that aren't heavy - metal bodied pens can weigh two or three times acrylic or celluloid pens and really tire the hands out.

Had not considered the weight as much, thanks for the advice. Can I ask, how does the weight appease writing with arthritis? I assumed I would want a lighter pen, but someone posted above that heavier pens settle better into your grip.



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 23:56

Bryant Greer at Chatterley Luxuries designed some fat-sectioned Deltas before the company went under that are easy to hold piston fillers. Dunno what they’re going for or if he has any (sometimes they land on consignment), but they’re awesomely relaxing in the hand.

#16 dcwaites

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:34

Then there's always the Rotring Skynn

 

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#17 SoulSamurai

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 11:17

Then there's always the Rotring Skynn

 

I did not know this existed. Interesting.



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:53

would anyone consider the F-C Ondoro for someone with arthritis?


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 14:19

Sorry, wrong info.

Edited by Namo, 04 January 2018 - 14:21.

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#20 KellyMcJ

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 15:15

would anyone consider the F-C Ondoro for someone with arthritis?

 

It is certainly thick enough to be ergonomic but looks heavy.

 

Another you might consider is the Ranga Bamboo (get one that's Cartridge/Converter capable - they make two types). It's not a looker but it's very light and comfortable to hold.

 

I think though, Anthony gave the best advice. Let her actually try some pens because everyone is different. We can guess all day but in the end, we don't have her hands.







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