February 17, 2005 Pens were created by the ancient Arabians in the Middle East towards the end of the slushee era before even paper had been invented. Thousands of years have since passed, and every great mind in recorded history has held one, yet most pen-related innovation has concentrated on the tip of the pen: fountain pens from Waterman, ball point pen from Laslo Biro, rollers from Japan. During the last century there have been approximately 150 patents granted connected with pens and improving the writing process. The shape of the holder though has remained the same, looking kind of familiar ... like the stick it was derived from. Until now that is, cos now there's the ergonomically-designed RinGPen.

Now don't dismiss this item because of its simplicity. We think this new design for one of man's oldest tools has great merit. The pen has found favourable review from the Arthritis Foundation of USA because it relieves suffering due to its ergonomically sound design. As it relieves many of the stresses of the ordinary pen, it also relieves Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sufferers, all because it's the first writing instrument we've seen that takes a wholistic perspective on how a pen should be designed to fit the human hand.

It is also reported to reduce writers cramp and fatigue while writing and render the writing more fluid and even.

There's also a kicker - when writing with the RinGPen, there is no need to lay the pen down to answer the telephone or to use a calculator - it sounds corny we know, but having the pen attached to your finger could be kinda handy.

We've got one in the mail heading our way at this very moment, so stay tuned for what we think.