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    Default Re: Pen Size Matching Hand Size

    I sometimes have trouble with thin pens - a little arthritis - but thankfully not all the time.
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    Default Re: Pen Size Matching Hand Size

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    I sometimes have trouble with thin pens - a little arthritis - but thankfully not all the time.
    I had considered that a larger size pen or other required products for daily needs might require customization or manufactured tools that an occupational therapist might provide.

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    Default Re: Pen Size Matching Hand Size

    There seems to be two notions that are being intermixed. The first is whether or not a hand size correlates with a pen size, or that a certain sized hand requires a certain sized pen. I agree that this is not true. The second is whether or not the dimensions of the pen matter. This is most certainly true in my experience.

    A 146 and Sailor 1911 feel comfortable to me. A M800 does not. Other than the taper, theyíre very similar in size. I like an M400 and 600, but not a 145. I have no problem with the thin section of a Faber Castell Ondoro, but canít tolerate the similarly sized Edison Pearlette. The girth of a Delta Dolce Vita and 149 pose no problem for me, but the nib of a 149 is long enough to make the pen feel awkward, because it raises my grip high enough off the paper to feel awkward. Could I get used to the differences? Perhaps, but Iíve never been able to do that with an M800 (and lord knows Iíve tried, in order to justify keeping the tortoise).

    There is no rule of thumb, no formula for determining preference, and no x-sized hand must use y-sized pen. You just have to try them and discover what you like, and thatís part of the fun.

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    Default Re: Pen Size Matching Hand Size

    I agree about the length of nibs and how awkward a too long one can feel. Hard on the wrist.
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