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    Default PEN caps!

    The other question for this month;

    With respect to screw caps only, do you screw the cap off the pen, or the pen off the cap? What about recapping?

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    I almost invariably hold the cap still and rotate the pen, whether capping or uncapping.
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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    I do too, but I note that I spin the pen much more quickly than if I was turning the cap. Which makes me wonder if this is why I sometimes get ink in the cap of my Pilot 823 (it doesn't get knocked around in any other way).

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    Same as above. Another cap-related question: how many turns required to secure the cap to the pen? Some pens I own are "secure" after a mere 1/3 turn or so. (Of course this closure is *not* secure, as it is too easy for the cap and pen to separate.) This phenomenon has been known to ruin a shirt or two.

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    Thought I twisted both cap and barrel away from each other but discovered after checking that I'm the same as you and Deb. The cap stays still in my left hand. Not generally a rapid barrel spinner, though.

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    Two hands: hold the cap and turn the pen.

    One hand: hold the pen and turn the cap with the thumb and index fingers.
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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    Interesting. So far we are not uncapping the pen as much as un-penning the cap!

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    Me too: I hold the cap and turn the pen.

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    Hold the cap, turn the pen. It's easier to control that way.
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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    Initially I twist both at the same time, which is enough for some pens. The more blessed with threading then proceed with cap held and barrel turned to complete the task. Re-capping is strictly a cap-held, barrel-turned affair.

    And I can't believe I just spent time analysing how I uncap a pen.

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    Heh! Here's an additional question just in case your noodle isn't fully baked yet.

    When removing the cap from a pen (or a pen from a cap!), do you hold the pen in your writing hand or your off-hand?

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    Both... I'm right handed. The left hand holds the cap, right hand turns the barrel, left hand pulls the cap away. Left hand lowers the cap onto the pen, right hand rotates the barrel and applies the torque to tighten.

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    That's interesting because, in general, if one is right handed then one generally removes (say) the cap from a bottle or jar using the dominant hand on the cap. I am right-handed, but actually open jars and similar using my left hand on the lid - my Mum is a leftie, so I may have copied from her.

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    I'm right handed, and hold the cap in my left, turning the pen in my right , then pulling the pen away from the cap rather than the other way round - Same with capping the pen, the right hand does all the movement , the left holding the cap is static

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    Another right-hander here, making the left hand do the heavy lifting (twisting).
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    I'm certain I have done, and continue to do it, every possible way and variation known to our species.

    The world is burning down, physically and otherwise, and we are talking about cap screwing. All is lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    I'm certain I have done, and continue to do it, every possible way and variation known to our species.

    The world is burning down, physically and otherwise, and we are talking about cap screwing. All is lost.

    My personal world is on fire now. I'm happy for this diversion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethernautrix View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    I'm certain I have done, and continue to do it, every possible way and variation known to our species.

    The world is burning down, physically and otherwise, and we are talking about cap screwing. All is lost.
    My personal world is on fire now. I'm happy for this diversion.
    That works, too. You know I send my strongest virtual hugs. I'm spending a lotlotlot of moments hugging and consoling these days. Now I'm adding you to the daily list of people to be thinking of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisJ View Post
    I'm right handed, and hold the cap in my left, turning the pen in my right , then pulling the pen away from the cap rather than the other way round - Same with capping the pen, the right hand does all the movement , the left holding the cap is static
    It seems then that, irrespective of which part we turn, we mostly hold the pen in our writing hand. Presumably this is because we will have the pen in the correct hand ready to go once uncapped. This would contrast to opening a jar where the non-dominant hand mainly gets used to support the jar, and the dominant hand is used to open the lid because it may then go on to employ another tool to extract the contents of the jar. However, observations show that in opening a jar of something to be poured, the hands are switched upon opening.



    All of this is of interest to me as it reflects some of our research into side-dominance in humans and the development of reliable measures. Some of these measures are not always generally applicable because culture, religion and commonplace usage may vary from place to place.

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