|Added benefit: color-coordinating your pens and outfit!|
That being said, every now and then I see a product advertised as being helpful for lupus/arthritis/fibromyalgia patients, and I wonder if it's any good. If it's something I have, or can cheaply obtain, I figure I might as well give it a shot and then let the rest of you know whether it's up to snuff or not.
Oddly enough, one of my first memories of my mother's having lupus is that mom got "special pens." She actually managed to explain, in a way that an eight-year-old could understand, that normal pens require a lot of pushing when you write with them. Or, in other words, they take a lot more pressure from your wrist in order to work. For those of us with either carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis (or both!), these pens are painful to write with; hence, "Mom's special pens,” which were easier to use.
Since then, I have tried any number of different brands of pens, looking for one that is easy to write with. I even have a fancy fountain pen that an ex gave me. But recently a new line of pens caught my eye. They are called Paper Mate InkJoy pens.
2. These pens are certainly easier to write with than your average ballpoint pen, no question. They take less pressure to maintain an even and continuous line of writing. A lot of ballpoint pens kind of start and stop at random if you don't really push hard on them. These don't.
1. Pretty colors notwithstanding, these are not the easiest pens to write with that I've come across. For ballpoint pens, they are quite good, but there are other varieties of gel pens and the like that require even less pressure. That being said, these are cheaper, so there is a trade-off.
2. I'm not sure how long or how durable these pens will be. They are rather small, and seemed to be made of a rather cheap plastic. Also, while they do have an "ergonomic grip" of sorts, it's not the best I've seen.
Paper Mate InkJoy 300 RT Pens are economical, have many colors available (although you can just buy black and/or blue), and do write much more easily than a common ballpoint pen. So if you're looking for cheap colored pens, they are not a bad buy. On the other hand, if you're looking for a pen to write with all day, I would give these ones a miss. There are better pens out there that require less pressure and are more comfortable. On the five-star rating system, I would give these a three.