It's a series of (really poorly labeled) tubes. . .
August 5, 2010 9:44 PM Subscribe
Biomed folks! Please give me your tips, tricks and tools for writing legibly on Eppendorf tubes!
posted by palmcorder_yajna to science & nature (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
On paper, my handwriting's okay. It's not total crap, and it can be easily read by strangers, but it's not exactly Palmer method. If I were grading it, I'd give it a good, solid B.
On Eppy tubes, unfortunately, it's more of a C-, and it drives me nuts. I'm just finishing my first year in grad school for cell biology, and I want very badly to improve this. Every day, I'm writing on tubes that members of my lab and I will be using for months and years to come, and I'd like those tubes to be as easy to sort, find, and use as possible. In our freezer, there are tubes labeled years ago by former a former lab member in a fine, crisp, and regular hand that looks all but laser printed. I'd like to be able to do that.
I'd also like to find the best pens for the job. My current faves are black, indigo, red, and berry ultra-fine Sharpies. (The other Sharpie colors aren't really opaque enough.) These are alright, I guess, but I'd like to find something narrower, and it'd be really good to have a few more usable colors. I am all about the color coding.
I've tried those little tube-dots, and they're okay but not great. You can't really write on them with ballpoint, and if you write on them with Sharpie, the ink has a tendency to over-saturate the paper and bleed. (I do understand that I may be Doing It Wrong-- and if you can explain to me how, I'd be most grateful.)
In closing, I know this is kind of a stupid thing to worry over-- but I'm sick of looking at my tubes and thinking "God damn it" several times a day, every day.
Thanks in advance for your help.