Wednesday, April 9, 2014
How Do You Clip Your Pens?
A recent comment on an old post brought to mind a topic I haven't considered before: pen clips. Do you use pen clips? If so, what do you clip your pens to? As the commenter pointed out, the main purpose of pen clips is probably to attach your pen to your shirt pocket. I suspect that this may be something that men do more than women; I've certainly never done it at any rate.
While I usually don't use the clips on my pens, in the past I have often clipped pens onto my notebook or clipboard. This came in handy when I was taking notes and recording data in the field during university. I needed to have my pen/pencil and clipboard (with the data sheet attached to it) accessible so I could easily and quickly write down observations and measurements, but I also needed to have at least one hand free some of the time to handle the measuring equipment. So I simply clipped my pen onto my clipboard, held my clipboard under my arm, and I was ready. I would use a similar method when taking notes in my Rite in the Rain notebook in the field. I used a binder clip to hold my notebook open to the right page, and clipped my pen onto the book so that it was easily accessible when I wanted to jot down a few notes.
I've also found pen clips useful to hold pens in position in a pencil case, and in pen loops attached to ring binders and planners (such as this planner I was using back in 2010).
Although I don't often use pen clips today, I still like to see sturdy-looking clips (preferably metal) on the pens that I review, just in case I need to clip them to something.
So how do you clip your pens?