Apple Pencil Grips: Designed for Artists & Notetakers

Without a doubt, the Apple Pencil is the perfect iPad accessory. It transforms your iPad from a touchscreen device into a productivity tool that can replace your desktop or laptop for most everyday tasks.

But despite its great design aesthetics, the Apple Pencil isn’t perfect. As with normal pencils, extended usage leads to hand cramps and fatigue.

That can be a major setback if you’re using your Apple Pencil and iPad in a creative or professional setting, and it’s definitely something that the Paperlike Team has experienced firsthand.

That’s why we created the Paperlike Pencil Grips, an ergonomically designed set of pencil grips for the Apple Pencil 1st and 2nd generation.

Here’s a closer look at how we did it.

A man sits at a table and draws using an iPad and Apple Pencil.
The Apple Pencil is great for drawing and writing, but holding a firm grip can lead to cramping and fatigue.

Coming to Grips with Pencil Grips

We set out to design a high-quality product for Paperlikers, but there aren’t many ways to change the look and feel of your Apple Pencil.

For most users, the magnetic charging on the Apple Pencil 2 removes the need to purchase a protective case or a pencil holder. The Apple Pencil adheres to the side of the iPad, so it’s always accessible. Plus, you can also slip your Apple Pencil into an iPad case alongside your device for fast and convenient storage.

From the aspect of personalization, it’s possible to buy great-looking wraps, skins, and pencil tips or nibs for your stylus on Amazon, but none of those accessories truly improve your experience when you’re trying to do your best work.

We wanted to create something that would change the way you use your Apple Pencil so that you could work longer, harder, and better when pursuing projects that you were passionate about.

A woman wearing an Apple Watch and Apple AirPods sits at a wooden
    table looking contemplatively at an iPad. She holds an Apple Pencil 2 in her
The basic Apple setup — iPad, Apple Pencil 2, and AirPods — already gets you 75% of the way to digital creative freedom. We wanted to make your digital drawing and notetaking experience even better.

As we searched the market, we started to notice something: Along with nibs, skins, and other Apple Pencil accessories, a huge selection of grips exist for the Apple Pencil. You can also find cap holders, grip holders, and more. But most of these products were just basic silicon sleeves or plastic cases that lacked any kind of ergonomic benefit or design!

This was an area where we felt we could improve the iPad experience for everyone (including ourselves!). We wanted a high-quality pencil grip that would make sense for us and for the people we serve.

Partnering with award-winning product designer David Burkhardt, we worked hard to create a new set of pencil grips that we think you’ll really love.

A product image displaying the Paperlike Pencil Grips for the Apple
Introducing: the Paperlike Pencil Grips

Ergonomically Designed. Beautifully Crafted.

When we set out to create our new pencil grips, we had no idea how much work would go into engineering such a unique product.

While we designed our grips based on some of our favorite pens, we quickly found ourselves caught between two main ideas: precision and comfort.

On the one hand, we wanted to create a product that felt comfortable to use and that could alleviate the cramping and stress that Apple Pencil users experience when using the product for extended periods.

On the other hand, we also knew that a bulky grip would make it more challenging for power users like digital artists and notetakers to keep their lines neat when working on their iPad.

With that in mind, we focused on creating an ergonomic grip that felt comfortable to use but still carried the precision necessary to get the job done.

During product testing, we found that there were two sweet spots that our users enjoyed the most:

  • The 8mm grip size provided adequate comfort and great precision
  • The 12mm grip size provided a high level of comfort without any noticeable loss in quality for the everyday user

Based on this information and discussions with our team and product testers, we decided to abandon the idea of creating a single “one-size-fits-all” pencil grip.

Instead, we decided to create a pair of grips that could be swapped based on your individual needs and preferences.

And that’s what we set out to build.

A graph displaying two points — 12mm and 8mm — with a line drawn
    between them.
During our design and testing process, we found that user preference fluctuates between a 12mm and 8mm grip size, depending on what the user was trying to accomplish.

The result is the first set of Apple Pencil grips with a total focus on ergonomics, functionality, and aesthetics.

Our grips are designed to look great and feel great without compromising performance.

Whether you’re a student planning a long notetaking session, a business pro building a strategy, or a professional artist looking for the right balance between comfort and quality when drawing in Procreate, these grips were made for you.

Let’s take a closer look at each grip.

A marketing image displaying both the Maximum Comfort Grip and
    Maximum Precision Grip from Paperlike. Each grip is fitted to an Apple Pencil,
    demonstrating the size difference.
The Paperlike Pencil Grips, sold as a 2-pack. 1 Maximum Comfort Grip and 1 Maximum Precision Grip comes in each package.

Maximum Comfort Grip

The first of our two grips, the Maximum Comfort Grip sports a comfortable 12mm thickness that is designed to limit fatigue and reduce cramping while extending your drawing and writing sessions.

The silicone body is thicker along the width of the product, allowing for a firm grip that provides simultaneous stability and relief.

Maximum Precision Grip

For users who need to make every single detail count, the Maximum Precision Grip is engineered to improve comfort and technical precision so that you can maintain focus and accuracy while you work.

Though this grip doesn’t provide as much comfort as the Maximum Comfort Grip, it still feels great to use and will reinforce your hand position while writing and drawing.

This added stability helps you create straighter lines and smoother text when working with your Apple Pencil.

A close-up of the Paperlike Pencil Grip fitting just about the nib
    of the Apple Pencil.
The Paperlike Pencil Grips still allow you to use the Double Tap feature and magnetically charge your Apple Pencil 2.


Does the Paperlike Pencil Grip limit iPad functionality?

Neither of the Paperlike Pencil Grips will interfere with the native functionality of your Apple product.

This includes the Double Tap feature and magnetic charging on the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) and charging while using the Lightning connector on the Apple Pencil (1st generation).

They also won’t inhibit your ability to use your Apple Pencil with any supported iPad (iPad Air, iPad Pro, etc.).

However, because the Apple Pencil (1st generation) is completely round, your Paperlike Pencil Grip will prevent it from rolling away. If that’s a feature you enjoyed, we apologize in advance.

Does the Paperlike Pencil Grip work with Apple Pencil 1 & 2?

Yes! Our pencil grips are designed to work with all current models of the Apple Pencil. No adapters or additional accessories are required.

To use the grip with your Apple Pencil (regardless of model) simply slide your Apple Pencil through the center of the silicone sleeve and adjust the position of the grip based on your preference.

Which Paperlike Pencil Grip should I get?

You won’t need to make a choice when ordering! Our Paperlike Pencil Grips ship in a pack of two, so you’ll receive one Maximum Comfort Grip and one Maximum Precision Grip in each package.

However, it’s ultimately up to you to decide which pencil grip best suits your unique needs. We encourage you to try them both and see which one works best for you.

An image of Paperlike products, including the Paperlike Pencil Grips
    and the Paperlike screen protector alongside an Apple iPad.
Take your writing and drawing experience to the next level with Paperlike products.

Get a Grip Today!

When we launched our first product, the Paperlike screen protector, it changed the way that users interacted with their iPads by substituting the native glass surface of the Apple iPad with a surface better suited for writing and drawing.

That passion for change is what drove us to create a product that, we believe, will drastically improve how you draw and write with your Apple Pencil.

Pick up your new set of pencil grips today and take your iPad productivity to the next level with Paperlike.