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Ha! That is not a kooky suggestion at all.. Because I can't get those 
cushiony pencil-thick things over my tools! A student put one on a 
mechanical pencil for me and it works great. but getting it on is the 
hard part.
I have a vice-like grip also!

Cheers, Chris and
Happy New Year!

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On 1/8/20 10:00 AM, Chris Gralapp wrote:
> Hi Linda,
>
> I hesitated to offer my suggestion because it sounds so kooky, but it 
> has worked for me.
> I had a big prob with repetitive strain injury from gripping, and I 
> consulted with an ergonomic therapist.  One inexpensive solution was 
> foam hair rollers--just dismantle the foam roller from the clip -- it 
> can wrap easily around a drawing tool, is fat enough to cushion.  I 
> don't know if they are still sold these days, but it really helped my 
> with my vice-like grasp of various tools.  And, it's PINK!
>
> Happy 2020,
>
> Chris
> Chris Gralapp
>
> >^..^<
>
> *Chris Gralapp*,MA, CMI, FAMI
>
> Medical/Scientific Illustration
>
> 415.454.6567
>
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> On 1/8/2020 5:21 AM, Linda Feltner wrote:
>> Thank you, Gretchen.
>> I'll try to find some cushioned nib holders or get some tape!
>> Cheers,
>> Linda
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>> On 1/7/20 4:01 PM, Gretchen Halpert wrote:
>>> Hi Linda,
>>>
>>> I always go back to the wedge-shaped tool, though I also use the 
>>> #16. Sometimes I use fine dental tools as well. The wedge is still 
>>> my favorite.
>>>
>>> For holders, I use my pen nib holders. You can get them with more 
>>> cushioning now, or wrap vet tape around them.
>>>
>>> Enjoy! Happy New Year!
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Gretchen
>>>
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>>>
>>>> HI All, and Happy New Year!
>>>>
>>>> Can you please tell me what kind of scratchboard tools you prefer?
>>>> I stopped doing scratchboard several years ago and used the 
>>>> traditional wedge-shaped blade. However, now some friends prefer 
>>>> the #16 x-acto blades for fine lines..
>>>>
>>>> What kind of cushioned holder do you like?  I remember a lot of 
>>>> "gripping", and now would prefer some cushioning for the fingers.
>>>>
>>>> Best cheer and thank you in advance.
>>>> Linda
>>>> -- 
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