Living in a left-handed world

by Cara on August 19, 2015

by Becca Johnson

I’m sure you’ve heard the stereotype that left-handed people tend to be more creative. Well, in my experience this is one stereotype that mostly holds true. Many of the people I’ve met who are writers or actors or artists in their own unique way, myself included, are dominant with their left hand. Of course there’s plenty of science that can account for why this is the case, but hey I’m a creative lefty. I’m less interested in the science and more interested in the creative process itself, rather than trying to figure out where it comes from. But here’s something I’ve noticed: considering that writers are typically left-handed, it’s strange that many of the tools of our trade aren’t convenient for left-handed use. So here’s a list of products that I think can help all you left-handed writers out there.


Fountain pens get a lot of hype, and for good reason, but wet ink is the left-handed person’s enemy. If you’re like me and you’ve spent hours writing longhand only to spend the rest of the day with the side of your hand covered with ink, you understand the struggle. Ballpoint pens have the lowest smudge factor of all pen types because the ink is oil based. The Visconti Rembrandt is one of my favorites because you get a variety of color options to fit your taste and they have a classy look.


Maybe you have your heart set on a fountain pen, though. I get it. Their style and look are appealing to us artistic types. But maybe you haven’t found that perfect fountain pen that’s in tune with the particular way the left hand holds a pen. As far as I’m concerned, Pelikan has earned a few bonus points for developing a pen designed with the left-handed writer in mind. What makes this pen perfect for lefties is the way the grip is designed. Fountain pens have to be held at a certain angle to get the best results. This pen takes into account that left-handed people hold their pen differently that right-handed people because they have to push the pen across the page rather than pull. The grip is designed to be held comfortably in the left hand at the proper angle. This item is available by special order.


Of course, what use is a comfortable pen without a comfortable notebook to write in? Paperblanks are perfect for the left-handed person because of their flat open design. Spiral notebooks make writing difficult for lefties and, because of the awkward angle they have to hold the pen, making their handwriting messy. Paperblanks are not only more comfortable to write in, they are also some of the most beautiful notebooks I’ve seen. Whatever inspires you, be it the baroque style of filigree or old manuscripts, there is a Paperblank you’ll love.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Okay so I added this for fun, but hey it’s a classic!