This paper describes a method for whole-finger rolling manipulation using a two-fingered robot hand. 'Whole-finger' refers to the use of the complete phalangeal surface during the manipulation. An example of whole-finger manipulation by the human hand is the rolling of a pen between two fingers. The proposed method is based on a two-dimensional model for modelling an object manipulation and is derived from a study of the movement of the contact line between both fingers. Also, the method uses tactile sensor information to estimate the contact point position together with the local curvature of the object. This whole-finger dexterous manipulation is demonstrated on a prototype two-fingered hand. This 5 d.o.f. hand consists of a tendon driven index and thumb, and is equipped with force and tactile sensors. The dimensions and performance of this device are 'human-sized'. A hybrid force-position control scheme is used. The hierarchical control structure is implemented on a dual transputer system. This paper first describes the kinematic model used for whole-finger manipulation. In the second part, the main emphasis is put on the mechanical design and on the transputer-based control system.