Introduction: How to Lift a Pen
Pens seem like easy objects to grasp and lift off of a desk; yet, many students find themselves unable to lift them.
This instructable will teach any able-bodied student with at least one hand how to lift a pen from his or her desk.
Be sure to watch follow-up videos covering how to position a pen for writing, how to write a word, and expert-level how to write TWO words.
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Step 1: Oooo... the Claw!
Reach toward the pen with your thumb positioned under your pointer finger. All five fingers should be oriented toward the pen.
Think of your hand as a crab claw, and keep your four fingers together.
Step 2: Pinch Without the "Ouch!"
Pinch the pen about a thumb's width above the pointy end. If your pen is capped, pinch the pen just below the cap.
Step 3: Tom Cruise That Pen!
With an established FIRM grip on the pen, move your hand away from the desktop.
Step 4: Turn It Over.
Turn your pen over by rotating the far side of your hand in toward your body.
Congratulations, you have just picked up a pen (hopefully not for the last time).