Smudging, scratchy letters and covered up writing are some of the problems we hear from left handers about their handwriting. Whilst many lefties have developed techniques to alleviate these issues, it can often cause writing strain. Since about 11% of the UK population are left handers, we felt it was time to offer some tips and advice. Essentially there are two solutions; adopting the correct writing position and choosing the correct pen.
Some pens are particularly well suited for left handers, and in some cases were specifically designed for this use.
I rather fancy buying a Waterman Hemisphere fountain pen for my Granddaughter, who is a left handed writer. Would this pen be suitable?
It's hard to say if it would be appropriate because there are no left handed nibs for the Hemisphere. However, we do have left handed customers who have sent us good feedback on the standard medium nib.
Mr Barack Obama is also left-handed.
Hello, I'm left handed and I'm looking for a nice fountain pen. I was thinking on going with Cross or Parker, for what I've read the Medium Nib is the right one for lefties. What do you recommend?
If a standard medium nib will be appropriate for you, really depends on how you hold your pen. Some find it works for them, whilst others may struggle. The medium reverse oblique available on the Parker Sonnet is supposed to be the best Parker nib for a left hander, or if you purchase a Lamy fountain pen, you can select a specific left handed nib.
I hope this helps.