You might like to think that Cult of Mac deputy editor John Brownlee is a beacon of intelligence in the world of Apple news, but sometimes he can be as dumb as the rest of us. Example: When staying with the Lady and I recently, John came to meet me in a local bar.
I pulled out my brand-new, just-bought Wacom Bamboo stylus to show him, and mentioned that it had a super clean, easy-glide tip. I handed it over and watched as John absent-mindedly stabbed the virgin rubber repeatedly onto the filthy, sticky bar table. Thanks a lot, John.
If I had had the Hand Stylus, though, I needn’t have suffered. The biggest feature of the Hand is its retractable tip, but there’s more to it than that.
The Hand was designed by Steve King when he couldn’t quite find the stylus he wanted. It is shaped like the mechanical pens and pencils used by designers, and along with the retractable tip it also has a removable pocket clip, and a knurled barrel for better grip.
But the tip is the main point here (pun intended). When it retracts, it rotates to make sure it wears evenly. And when it does wear out, you can buy a six pack of replacement tips. And at just 4mm thick, the tips are some of the smallest around.
The Hand is a Kickstarter project that has already been funded. To get one, you need to pitch $25, or $30 with a pack of spare tips. Or you could wait until the pens are in stores, but they will likely cost a little more.