Friday, November 02, 2007


SOMETHING TO DO WHILE NOT WRITING: The Art of Pen Spinning

Over the years in Japan, in the various offices where I've worked I've seen a number of guys (it's usually guys) do some amazing pen-spins, and it's always seemed to me an impressive way to pass non-writing time (best learned in school), but the pen moves so fast it's always too hard to see how they do it. I don't remember ever seeing pen-spinning in America. It's an art that will likely fade away with pens and pencils. These pen spinners, though, are in a class all their own. Pen spinning Olympics, just for old times' sake? Like the marathon, from when people used to run from place to place?


If this gets you all fired up, here's a pen-spinning instructional video.

3 comments:

Winston said...

Wow! Amazing! No, I've never seen or heard of this activity in the US. We have a difficult time just holding the Bic. Thanks...

Joy Des Jardins said...

Pen-spinning...fascinating. I loved it! Who knows....the next craze???? An Olympic event??? Thanks Bob.

Bob Brady said...

I gotta take lessons. Gonna be a lot of pens dropping around here...