On a grey wet morning I was disappointed to see yet another report on the news that handwriting is on its way out in the U.S. I recall reading back in 2011 that some states had dropped the need for cursive writing in favour of the keyboard. Here in the UK it appears that a recent study suggested a typical adult hadn't written anything for 6 weeks.
As I prepare to review the Stabilo Com4 Ball pen I just can't imagine life without pens. Whether it's to jot down a shopping list, or to note an appointment there will always be a place for a pen.
Stabilo make a range of ergonomic pens, often aimed at children, these can help prevent the writer tiring or getting cramp, making them useful for those that need to write copious notes.
The Com4 ball is a retractable ballpoint with a chunky barrel & 3 indented triangular grip sections, available with a choice of black, blue red or green ink. The plastic barrel displays the ink colour in sections separated with black inserts. I've found the blue pen to be a little misleading however, expecting a turquoise line to land on the page I was disappointed to find a pretty standard blue ink appear.
The medium ball writes a 0.5mm line & didn't blob, although on occasion it did skip, depending how I held the pen. Ergonomically designed pens are said to alleviate stress on the fingers & wrist, they also apparently benefit sufferers of arthritis & repetitive strain injury having been designed with consideration given to weight, length & the grip sections.
Whilst Stabilo tend to market their brightly coloured pens towards the young market they hope that the Com4 will become big players in the home & office. We can only wait & see if this wish comes true. In the meantime, I found the design comfortable to hold & like the combined push button retractor & flat pocket clip, Oh & its brought a little colour into an otherwise grey day.