For many lefty’s (this article has nothing to do with politics by the way) learning how to write can be a challenge. The Yoropen is a ballpoint which has been ergonomically designed with the intention of addressing some of the issues that left hander’s face, although not specifically for this market. Established in Taiwan in 1999 by Mr Lu Bao-Shen, Yoropen’s goal is to “supply excellent writing instruments to all”.
Many teachers it seems still do not understand the issues that children have when they are left-handed. Some report that they are scolded for being awkward or messy when they leave smudges on their work. Others say they are told they’re not even allowed to hold the pen in the left hand, & must get used to writing with their right. Perhaps those without sympathy for the challenges many lefty’s face should remind themselves that although controversial, some research shows them to be more intellectually gifted than right-handers.
On a positive note, there do appear to be clubs & organisations with dedicated people that are willing to help children with writing difficulties.
The Yoropen, available with black & blue ink, has a tripod that you can rotate until in a position that suits individual writing styles. The barrel is made from lightweight plastic & is available in pink, purple & blue.
As I held this pen the nib was almost 3cm from my fingertips almost twice that of a standard pen.
The company claim the grip stops the pen from slipping through the fingers & provides additional support leading to less strain on the hand.
This clearly worked as I found that I was unable to put the pressure that I am used to applying when writing. I’m right handed & found this lack of pressure made the text appear very faint on the page. This may have been due to the colour of the ink, I can’t be sure.
When using many traditional pens there is a tendency to grip tightly, the term writers cramp comes to mind, something I have suffered on occasion. The Yoropen is said to eliminate this & for this reason, it can also assist those with arthritis.
To conclude, maybe if I had a novel to finish I’d notice the lack of cramp or strain, alternatively, if I were left handed I would no doubt appreciate the fact that the Yoropen wouldn’t leave smudges on the page. As mentioned I write with my right hand & can’t say that I found this pen particularly comfortable to use, I’m sure there will be those that will disagree. They also have an ergonomic pencil the Yoropencil.