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Apple Pencil Grips: Designed with Love for Writers & Artists

The blog post title card, which reads, “Apple Pencil Grips: Designed for Artists & Notetakers.”

Looking for the best Apple Pencil grip? You’re in the right place!

The Apple Pencil is a transformative device that can turn your iPad from a touchscreen computer into a major productivity tool.

But, like any pencil or stylus, you’re likely to feel some downsides from using the Apple Pencil over an extended period of time.

Hand cramps, fatigue, and wrist pain are common issues that can cause your creative or professional work to stall. (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.

#caption#The Apple Pencil is great for drawing and writing, but holding a firm grip can lead to cramping and fatigue. (Image: Paperlike)

#alt#Image of an iPad with an Apple Pencil with a pencil grip on it hovering above the drawn image on the screen and an extra pencil grip and eraser off to the side.

Getting to know the Paperlike Pencil Grips

  • Overview: Paperlike Pencil Grips are designed to help creators and doers to combat fatigue and achieve better focus and accuracy when writing and drawing with the Apple Pencil. Sold as a set of two.
  • Compatibility:
  • Contents:
    • 1x Maximum Comfort Grip: Perfect for long writing or drawing sessions. Designed to reduce fatigue and hand cramps.
    • 1x Maximum Precision Grip: Offers better stroke precision and accuracy. Ideal for precise, perfect lines.
  • Colors available:

#caption#Paperlike’s Pencil Grips are available in three color variations. (Image: Deniz Kurtoglu / Paperlike)


#alt#Image of Paperlike’s Pencil Grips in clear, charcoal, and seafoam green on a blue background with the words, “Improves stroke precision & reduces grip fatigue. BUY NOW.”


Why we built it

Paperlike has always been about creating products that change the way people use their technology.

Our iPad screen protector made it easier for digital creatives and productivity enthusiasts to draw, write, plan, and organize on the iPad.

It was a game-changer for tens of thousands of individuals all around the world.

When we decided to create a new product, we wanted something that would dramatically change the way our users connect with their technology.

But, when you think about it, there aren’t that many ways to change the look and feel of your Apple Pencil.

Most of the accessories on the market are cosmetic. Great-looking wraps, skins, and pencil tips or nibs for your stylus are widely available on Amazon.

Unfortunately, none of those accessories truly improve your experience when you’re trying to do your best work.

In the same way, innovations around magnetic charging with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) have largely removed the need for accessories like protective cases, pencil holders, or add-ons for your iPad cases.

The Apple Pencil adheres to the side of the iPad, so it’s always accessible. We made sure to keep that front and center as our design process got underway.

#caption#The basic Apple setup — iPad, Apple Pencil (2nd generation), and AirPods — already gets you 75% of the way to digital creative freedom. We wanted to make your digital art and notetaking experience even better. (Ilona Titova / Alamy Stock Photo)

#alt#A woman wearing an Apple Watch and Apple AirPods sits at a wooden table looking contemplatively at an iPad. She holds an Apple Pencil 2nd gen. in her hand.

Coming to grips with Pencil Grips

As we began researching our next idea, we started to notice something: A huge number of Apple Pencil accessories already exist. A quick Google/Amazon search will reveal grip holders, cap holders, silicone sleeves, plastic cases, nib covers, and more.

The idea of pencil grips for the Apple Pencil really caught our attention, and we knew that we could create something better than what we saw on the market.

“When we kicked off the design process, we had a look at what existed in the market,” says Jan Sapper, Paperlike’s founder and CEO. “We thought we could learn what existing grips do well, and found that many users weren't happy with the ergonomics of most available grips.”

Most of the grips we looked at were just soft silicone grips or plastic cases that lacked any kind of ergonomic benefit or design!

That was when we realized that we needed to create something from the ground up, and it was an area where we felt that 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.

#caption#Introducing: the Paperlike Pencil Grips. (Image: Paperlike)

#alt#A product image displaying the Paperlike Pencil Grips for the Apple Pencil.

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. By the time we were satisfied, our team had explored four different design directions and over 50 different prototypes.

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 working 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.

Jan explains: “Our theory is that, as the fingers are spread farther apart from one another, they impede nimbleness in the wrist. That means that thinner pens will provide more precise movement, and thicker ones will deliver more comfort and stability."

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.

But we found that it is impossible to pack all of our design requirements into just one 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.

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.

As Jan puts it, “Both of our grips have the best ergonomic design, so they're super pleasant to hold and, at the same time, can perform differently depending on your use case.”

So, 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.

#caption#The Paperlike Pencil Grips, sold as a 2-pack. 1 Maximum Comfort Grip and 1 Maximum Precision Grip come in each package. (Image: Deniz Kurtoglu / Paperlike)

#alt#Image of Paperlike’s Precision and Comfort Pencil Grips in seafoam green with the words Precision and Comfort under each corresponding grip.

Maximum Comfort Grip

The first of our two grips, the Maximum Comfort Grip 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.

While the Maximum Comfort Grip is optimized for comfort, the Precision Grip will reinforce your hand position while writing and drawing.

#caption#The Paperlike Pencil Grips still allow you to use the Double Tap feature and magnetically charge your Apple Pencil (2nd generation). (Image: Paperlike)

#alt#Image of an iPad with an Apple Pencil attached to the side that has a charcoal Paperlike Pencil Grip on it.


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 functionality 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, iPad mini, 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 (1st & 2nd generation)?

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?

Aside from choosing your favorite color, you won’t need to make a choice when ordering!

Every grip is manufactured using the same premium silicone material and will feel similar, regardless of which color you choose.

On top of that, all Paperlike Pencil Grips ship in a pack of two, so you’ll always 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 and preferences. Because you’ll get both grips in our package, you can swap them out depending on the situation and what you need to accomplish.

#caption#Take your writing and drawing experience to the next level with Paperlike products. (Image: Paperlike)

#alt#Image of an iPad with an Apple Pencil with the Paperlike Pencil Grip on it and the Paperlike Cleaning Kit sitting on the screen.

Get a grip today!

When we launched our first product, the Paperlike iPad screen protector, it changed the way that users interact with their iPads and favorite apps 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.

If you’re looking for the best Apple Pencil grip, this is it. Offering advanced ergonomics and a sleek design, our Pencil Grips will help you take your productivity to the next level

Pick up your new set of pencil grips today.

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