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    Default PEN caps!

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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!

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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!

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

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    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!

    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!

    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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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    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.

    Ah, Lisa, I am happy to provide a harmless diversion. You are one of my favourite people on this forum, and I've very much appreciated how you have helped me.

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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    When I tried it just now, I found myself twisting pen body and cap away from each other to start, and continuing by just turning the cap.

    Since I never really thought about it before, I have no idea if I've been doing it that way consistently, or if the asking of the question has made me do it differently than would otherwise have been the case.
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    Default Re: PEN caps!

    I always turn the cap (with the left hand) and hold the pen with the right (no turning).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    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.

    Ah, Lisa, I am happy to provide a harmless diversion. You are one of my favourite people on this forum, and I've very much appreciated how you have helped me.
    What a lovely thing to say, EoC. And well-timed. Thank you.
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