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Since no one answered on failbook...

How do you hold your pencil?


I'm a lateral quadrupod!

I can't edit the poll now, but if you do it another way, post in the comments!

How I hold my pencil

Dynamic Tripod
Dynamic Quadrupod
Lateral Tripod
Lateral Quadrupod


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Feb. 8th, 2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
I voted for #4, as that is what I'm closest too, but I don't fit any of the pics.

My first finger is under my middle finger, and the knuckle is actually backwards. The pencil fits tight against my ring finger just below the last knuckle at the top (I actually have a callous there), and my thumb is back against the bottom of the second knuckle of my first finger.

Several of my early elementary teachers pondered how I could write at all. And my hand cramps easily because my grip is very tight.
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:03 pm (UTC)
I totally get it! Very interesting...
Feb. 8th, 2017 09:49 pm (UTC)
At school, we were actively taught to hold it with three fingers, same as the pen. The others positions were disparaged as non-ergonomic or some such, whether it's true or not.
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:04 pm (UTC)
I can't see how anyone has enough stability holding their pen with three fingers, but most people hold it that way so it must work.
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC)
It's because you don't hold it with the tips of the fingers but balance it on the first phalanx of your middle finger with the index finger and thumb. (And boy did that place on the first phalanx hurt during my first year at college before I developed a proper callus :) )

http://andreevg.ru/pravil_no-derzhat_-ruchku.htm (there are pictures toward the end of the page)

Edited at 2017-02-08 10:17 pm (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ok, but doing it that way sounds like it's the "lateral tripod" method featured in photo 3. With the most common method, the dynamic tripod, it looks like you balance the pen with your finger tips. I've seen a lot of people hold their pens with their fingertips. Usually their handwriting isn't the best... but then again, neither is mine lol.
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:31 pm (UTC)
Ah. Maybe your're right :). The viewpoint is kind of odd so I mistook it for 1.
Feb. 8th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
I assumed 1 was the pencil on the phalanx like kehlen suggests. #3's thumb is too high.

I balance the pen on the first phalanx of my middle finger and use the tips of my pointer finger and my thumb to guide.
Feb. 9th, 2017 01:28 am (UTC)
I'm #4, and in elementary school I held my pencil so tightly that I developed a big lump on my ring finger.
Feb. 9th, 2017 02:13 am (UTC)
I actually go between Dynamic Tripod and Dynamic Quadrupod. I think it depends on whether I want my writing to be neat, or if I'm writing fast.
Feb. 9th, 2017 05:35 am (UTC)
I am closest to #3, though I have my index finger hanging across the pen, closer to #4 (but just the index finger. Third finger is still against the side of the pen).
Feb. 9th, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
Those tripods have bad form
Feb. 13th, 2017 03:53 am (UTC)
I think I'm Somewhere between 1 and 3. I pinch my thumb and pointer together but have the pen/pencil resting on my middle finger. sometimes if I push to hard i get a curve in my middle finger next to my fingernail.
Feb. 24th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2017-02-24 08:45 pm (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh a nice visual representation : ). I think that one is dynamic quadrupod because your thumb is near the rest of your fingers. With lateral, it would be much higher.
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