Bao Shen Liu, had already won 30 awards & had experience as an inventor spanning 20 years as an inventor before he’d even thought about Yoropen.

Yoropen Pencil

Inspired by his young daughters & observation of writing problems due to poor grip, visibility & posture as well as particular difficulties that lefties faced led to further research. The result was Yoropen, a series of ergonomic writing utensils to reduce strain & aid handwriting.

The Yoropen Ergonomic Pencil has a lightweight plastic barrel with a soft rubber grip that can be rotated to change the angle of the head to suit the individual, making them suitable to both left & right handed users. These pencils contain spare leads, neatly concealed in the barrel. The blister pack that the pencil comes in shows a “how to” diagram with instructions for changing the lead.

Like this

  1. Just pull the white used lead body from the blue tip.
  2. Place the used lead piece into the white end cap, this will advance a new one so its a good idea to keep the nib end of the barrel covered as lead will fly out. N.b. this looks & is straight forward once you realise that some force is needed in order to advance the new lead.
  3. Replace the lead by pushing it into the blue section.

The way that the Z tip is designed leaves the writing tip vertical to the paper yet still allows you to hold the Yoropen pencil at a sloped angle as you would an ordinary pencil. It’s also said to be easier to see what you’ve written, provide better support for your finger which lessens the chances of getting writers cramp.

These pencils are available in 2 lead sizes, giving a choice of 1.8mm HB or 2.8mm 2B. Spare graphite leads are available in tubes of 10, alternatively there are coloured packs of 3.

The Yoropen has picked up an array of international awards & given the benefits to children, left handed people as well as those with writing difficulties due to conditions like arthritis & dyslexia

I’m in no position to criticise. As I’m fortunate not to have to consider any of the above conditions & am a few decades over the 6 + age guideline these pens & pencils are said to help, I can only comment on my findings, they are that I found the pencil distracting to use & as for the eraser, it is very flimsy & after trying to remove one word it disintegrated & was rendered useless.

There are a bunch of people that obviously don’t agree making comments like:

  • “It’s great For the first time my granddaughter was able to see what she was writing. Much neater presentation on the page”
  • “Fab!  Brilliant, that there is now a pencil that makes drawing diagrams so much easier, can’t believe the difference it has made to my son’s school work!!!! ”




There are several erasable pens on the market. They are not something I have had cause to use often, preferring to use a pencil if I think I may need to erase my writing. However, I have the opportunity to review a Uni-ball Fanthom Erasable Pen, let’s see how I get on.

Uni-Ball Fanthom Erasable Ballpoint

These rollerballs have heat sensitive liquid ink which turns clear as heat is applied. This means your errors can be erased by using the cap. I found this a little confusing to start with expecting to find the eraser under the cap, but at least you can leave the pen posted.

As for the writing experience, the 0.7mm tip moved smoothly across the page leaving a line of royal blue text, they are also available in black, red, green, violet & pink & are refillable.

I am a fan of rubberised grip sections, unfortunately the Fanthom doesn’t have one. This grip has 2 panels with a series of very slight impressions that I hardly know were there, hence they provided no comfort & couldn’t be called anti-slip by any stretch of the imagination.

Last but not least was the erasability test. I assumed the best results would be from fresh ink but had the same result with text written 15 minutes before. It took quite a workout to remove a sentence, one or two words would be doable but any more I’d be more inclined to bin the page & start again!

When it came to re-writing I realised the surface of the paper must have been removed during my exerted efforts erasing as the ink slipped a little & when viewed closely it looked different somehow.

This exercise hasn’t changed my opinion, I’ll still use a pencil if there’s the slightest possibility I’ll need to erase. Maybe there is a need amongst students writing essays or taking exams, or maybe I’m just too old to appreciate the novelty factor.




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Bic Kids & Magical Dragons

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April 4, 2014

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Kura Toga Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm

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Uni-ball Magik Girl Erasable Pen

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