15 Ergonomic Pens, Pencils, and Markers for People With Arthritis

Take the Pain Out of Writing

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 15 to choose from.


Pilot Dr. Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point

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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. Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.


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 roller ball 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.



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. It is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, hand therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.


Pilot G-2 Retractable Gel Ink Rollerball Pen

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

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.


The Steady Write Pen

The Steady Write Pen features a permanently attached base that stabilizes your hand at a special angle to smooth out shaky or poor handwriting. Grip the Steady Write Pen with fingers held between knuckles or grasp like an ordinary pen. 


BipGrip Ergonomic Writing Aid

The BipGrip is easy to use: Just unscrew, put the pencil in, and screw together. This writing aid works for left- and right-handed users, and is especially helpful for those with arthritis to simplify writing and drawing for even the weakest grip. The BipGrip can be used with crayons giving them added girth and weight.


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 5 inches long and 1 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.


The Writing Bird

The Writing Bird is an adaptive product that combines form and function to rest comfortably in your right or left hand. Perfect for individuals who lack thumb-to- fingertip pinch. Slides easily along writing surface. Gentle pressure on the tail allows pen to easily move without smearing ink.


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