The makers of the UGLee sent me three of their pens to review for Book-in-a-Week readers. According to their literature the UGLee is a doctor created, doctor recommended, and doctor used writing instrument that is “mated with the smoothest ink system known, smoother than any roller, gel ink, fountain ink, etc out there.” It comes with a full size jelly like grip to “follow the anatomy of your hand”.
I decided the best way to test the UGLee Pen was to use it to write three 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages — “morning pages” for those familiar with the Artist’s Way — every day giving both the pen and my hand a thorough workout.
The first time writing with the UGLee Pen I found it quite comfortable to hold as I tend to grip my pens on the hard side. The jelly was a bit weird to get used to as it is squishy but it is a nice comfortable pen. When it comes to “morning pages”, usually by the end of the second page I start to experience extreme hand fatigue but I did not notice it as much or as quickly this past week. If you do a lot of writing and/or editing and experience hand or wrist pain then this may be the option for reducing it.
The ink is smooth but it is a little thicker than I would like — I prefer fine. At one point I took apart the pen to inspect the refillable innards and got ink on my hands. I assuming from the writing tip as this did not happen while writing. Still I would be hesitant to put it in a breast pocket even though the tip does submerge into the pen when clicked. With continued use the tips seem to bleed a bit and get messy so it is definitely important to retract when not in use. I found with continued use I needed to avoid contact of the pen tip with my skin.
That being said, I did like the pen for doodling as it produces a good line and fills in well.
Another issue comes with those of us who have pets (or pocket lint) — I do not like that fur (cat) occasional sticks to the jelly finger grip. It is easy enough to remove but still annoying and unattractive to loan to someone.
The UGLee pens are fairly affordable at about $7 a pen (sold in packs of 3 of one color for $19.99) and are available in seven colors (red, pink, white, yellow, green, blue, and gray). Pen refills are sold in packs of 10 for $15. This is a bit strange but if you order two pen packs of red shipping is $3.95 no matter how many sets you order. But if you want to order one red, one blue and one green it looks like shipping is an additional $3.95 for each pack. Something to be aware of if ordering.
Overall, I like these ergonomic pens, mostly because they are so comfortable to hold during long hand writing stints. I wish I could get the jelly grip on every writing pen and art pen in the household. With all the writing over the seven day workout I actually expected the pen to run out but the ink line had barely moved on the cartridge. I hope in the future the company will consider a fine ink.
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