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Old 12-28-2005, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have a customer that has had a stroke.
she has asked for a pen that is a larger than normal as it will be easier to hold and handle.
has anyone had this request before?
what kit was used? would click pen or twist be better?
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Old 12-28-2005, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I have had several requests of this type. I suggested the Havana for those who like a heavy pen and the El Grande for those who like a large size without much heft.
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Old 12-28-2005, 06:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I would say a click pen would be best since most stroke victims lose operation in one arm. A one handed operation click pen would work. Twist pens are to diffuclt to open with one hand.
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I have done a couple of large pens for those who have trouble writing and yet there job has them doing a lot of it. I used a cigar blank. and they turned out very nice. I used 1" blanks instead of 3/4" blanks and the pens were great.


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Old 12-28-2005, 08:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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I made one from a slimline kit, probably about an inch in the finished diameter. From what I have been told the lady's father loves the pen because he can hold it and write again.
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Old 12-28-2005, 08:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Being a nurse I might suggest a slim-line made real fat. Sometimes the weight can cause them problems if its a big and heavy pen. This is an example of one I did for one of my patients that has worked well for her. Hope this helps. P.S. I am definitely not a photographer :)

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Whatever your photography skills, Janet, that driftwood is beautiful![;)]
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Depending upon how much function has been lost, a Havana or El Grande might be a problem as user would have to deal with two pen pieces. A one piece pen might be a better alternative unless you know that a 2 piece pen would be acceptable.
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Old 12-29-2005, 02:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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A while back one of our penturners here did some experimentation on a design for a friend who had arthritis. He goes by Texas Bob, and his name is Bob Swartzendruber. The pictures of his pen are in his PMG Gallery at:

http://www.turtlewoodworks.com/pmggallery/swartzenbgal1.htm

This may not be what you are looking for, but it will certainly open up some new possibilities for you! Good Luck!

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Old 12-30-2005, 01:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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Lots of good suggestions here...
Something bigger than normal, and maybe something at the end so the fingers don't slip off.
I would go for the twist type pen.
Also the drift wood is gorgeous.
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