The 12 Best Ergonomic Writing Tools for People With Arthritis of 2020

Take the pain out of writing

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For people who have lost manual dexterity, writing can be a stressful and painful task. Manual dexterity can be affected by several conditions such as:

Fortunately, there's a host of ergonomically-designed writing tools out there that have been created specifically to maximize comfort for people with hand stiffness and pain. Here are 12 to choose from.

Our Top Picks


Pilot Dr. Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point

Pilot's retractable ballpoint, called the Dr. Grip pen, is among the most popular ergonomic pens. It has a comfortable cushion grip eases writing fatigue and is designed with perfect weight distribution, too.


EzGrip Pen

The design of the EzGrip pen allows writing to be comfortable and effortless. The EzGrip pen eliminates cramping and pain by requiring a very light grip and minimal downward pressure from a single finger to control it.


Uni-Ball Signo 207 Premier Roller Ball Gel Pen

The Uni-ball Signo 207 has a wide barrel for easy gripping. It is a rollerball gel pen which makes writing smooth and easy.


The Ring-Pen

This pen has a ring in the middle for your index finger which alters the grip and takes away strain and stress on the hand and fingers. It is excellent for people with gripping problems.




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The evo.pen has a unique shape, designed for adaptive use. Unlike the usual cylindrical or stick pen style, the evo.pen is contoured to the shape of the index finger and supported by the thumb, allowing you to write without pain.


Pilot G-2 Retractable Gel Ink Rollerball Pen


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The easy grip of this pen makes writing less strenuous. Writing comfort is enhanced by the contoured rubber grip. Smooth gel ink makes writing effortless.


Pentel EnerGel Retractable Pen

The Pentel EnerGel has a chubby barrel for easy grip and glides smoothly over paper.


Foray Gelio Pen

The Foray Gelio wide barrel pen has a rubberized grip and gel ink—plus, it comes in an assortment of colors.


Sharpie Marker With Chisel Tip


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Sold as a two-pack, this Sharpie marks on most surfaces. Its wide barrel makes it easy to grasp, while the chisel point makes it easy to control.


Penagain Ergosof Ballpoint Pen

This pen is shaped like a "Y," ensuring that your fingers will not slide down its shaft as with conventional pens. Unique ErgoSof soft-touch, no-slip coating feels great in your hand and is easy to grip.


Thixotropic Super Big Fat Pens for Arthritis

Thixotropic's Big Fat Pen is five inches long and one inch in diameter, and has a non-slip rubber grip, making it great for people with arthritis, hand pain, or restricted mobility. A detachable lanyard keeps the pen close at hand.


Maddak's The ArthWriter Hand Aid

The ArthWriter is appropriate for patients who have involvement of many joints and cannot bring their index or middle fingers to touch their thumb tip. Take your favorite pencil or pen, insert it into the hole, and hold it in place with the screw.

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