Use and Care
Designed to facilitate one handed use of capped writing instruments, the Penwell can turn many writing instruments into stationary desk instruments. While a simple and easy to use product, proper use and care will provide a better user experience. Following are such instructions, as well as a few FAQs.
- Leaving the protective film on the microsuction base pad, experiment with placement to find the most comfortable place and positioning to secure.
- Make sure the area to adhere to is clean, free from loose particles, and dry.
- Remove the protective film from the microsuction base pad.
- Set the Penwell in position and press firmly on the body to adhere it to the surface.
- To remove and/or relocate the Penwell, pull up on the body (wiggling helps).
- The Penwell is indefinitely repositionable when well cared for.
- To avoid damaging the microsuction pad when removing the film, stick a piece of tape to the protective film and peel back to separate the film from the pad.
Insert the writing instrument cap-first into the foam insert until it is firmly set. The insert clip is designed to apply more pressure to the cap as it's pushed further in.
- Experiment with clip position to best secure the cap. The internal insert arms are at 12 and 6 o'clock, respectively, and work to stop the clip from spinning on threaded caps. Put another way, the interior cavity is effectively wider along the horizontal (3 to 9 o'clock) than the vertical (12 to 6 o'clock).
- When using a slip fit (non-threaded) cap, sometimes it can be particularly difficult to keep it gripped in the Penwell (we're looking at you brand name black felt tip marker with a sharpish point). If this is the case, give the pen body a twist as you pull it out. That's usually enough to make a stubborn slip fit cap cooperate.
Uncap pen and use as a desk pen!
- When using a pen with a threaded cap it's normally unnecessary to fully recap after every use. A quick quarter turn between uses should suffice, and is more convenient than fully threading the pen into the cap every time. Of course, when finished writing it's a good idea to fully cap your pen.
- For fountain pen users—when finished with a writing session, the pen can be removed and flipped 180 degrees to keep the nib upright for storage. Or, if you're trusting of your pen, leave it as is so it's always ready to go.
4. Remove and Adjust
- To make adjustments for different sized writing instruments, pull up on the body of the Penwell to remove it from the surface it's adhered to.
- From the top opening, push the foam (and adjustable insert) downward and out from the body.
- Separate the metal insert clip from the foam, and, starting gently, bend the insert clip arms inward or outward to accommodate your writing instrument. Start slow, reassemble, and test fit the cap. If more adjustment is needed do so in small increments until a proper fit is achieved. When you're satisfied with the fit, adhere the Penwell back to your writing surface.
- For extra large caps, the insert clip can be removed entirely.
- The microsuction pad on the base will get dirty if the Penwell is repositioned, and increasingly so if repositioned often.
- Use only water on a clean, lint free cloth to gently brush the dust particles from the pad.
- Let the pad air dry before repositioning by setting the Penwell upside down. This may take as little as 10 minutes depending on how saturated the microsuction pad is with water. It doesn't hurt to try adhering it, but if it doesn't have a strong grip it's because it's still wet—even though you can't see or feel it.
- NEVER use anything other than water to clean. This is redundant information because it's important for the life of the microsuction pad. Your pad will thank you.
- Don't use disposable paper products, as they generally will leave a lint residue, reducing the effectiveness of the pad.
- When repositioning the Penwell after cleaning, be sure the surface to adhere to is itself clean. Even a quick pass of the hand to push the dust elsewhere is better than nothing.
I’m not sure I trust this microsuction sticky pad. Will it harm my desk?
If your desk or writing surface is in good shape with a quality finish, the microsuction pad shouldn’t cause any harm. Microsuction isn’t an adhesive, it’s, micro suction, as in microscopic suction cups. You’re literally attaching your Penwell with thousands of tiny suction cups—no adhesives. If you’re concerned about harmful effects, by all means test it out on someone else’s desk first, or perhaps an inconspicuous area.
Some “sticky” pad, it’s not sticking to anything. What gives?
Tip that Penwell over and take a look at the pad. It likely won’t stick to your one desk because it’s busy sticking to a billion dust particles. Time to clean it. Use a clean dishrag, washcloth, bath towel, or any such lint free fabric and get it damp with water only and wipe it off. That’s it. There’s no need to scrub, just wipe it gently across a few times and let it dry. This last part is important. The little suction cups are now filled with water and need to dry out. If they’re wet (even though the pad feels dry to the touch) it won’t stick well. It might stick halfheartedly, so have patience and give it some time. Set the Penwell upside down so the pad is in contact with air. 15 minutes might be enough, or just clean it at the end of the day and let it dry overnight. When you’re ready to stick it back where it belongs be sure to clean the dust off that surface first since that’s how you got into this predicament in the first place.
How do I get my cap out when I want to swap writing tools?
Some small caps can stubbornly get stuck beyond the reach of fingers. The first trick to try is to recap the pen, but instead of pulling directly out gently wallow the pen in a circular motion as you pull (think mixing brownies). As a last resort, remove the Penwell from the surface and use a pencil (eraser end) to push the cap up and out from the bottom back through the top.