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  1. Karen McVeigh says:

    I wanted to put an Anything Left-Handed gift card/voucher on my Christmas wish list. When checking to find out if you did these and after some searching I found the gift voucher link However you state that they can only be purchased through PayPal accounts which I do not use, and nor does the recipient of my wish list.

    Could you not arrange for these to be available through the normal on-line shop? I wouldn’t at all surprised if you are losing many potential customers by restricting where they can be purchased from.

  2. Mick says:

    My son, grandson and I are all supposedly left-handed because that’s the way we write. but all of us are not complete lefties. I’ve noticed that we differ in our handedness in various ways. I have produced a chart and wondered whether the club would be interested in seeing it?

    I’ve also questioned right-handed friends and relatives and the majority do everything that way, the only exception being one couple who deal cards with their left hands.

  3. Gillian Shaw says:

    Can you tell me whether one needs to buy left handed loppers? I wish to buy some loppers for my sister who is left handed, I know secateurs and scissors have to be left handed, but loppers? Thank you.

  4. Les says:

    My sons school was supposed to help him with his writting. They provided a pencil grip they said it cold be sed for both left and right hands. My son says the he could not use it. Is there such a thing as an ambidextorus grip?

  5. Mina says:

    Hi, I am a 50 year old woman. I am interested in learning how to crochet. have a good friend that offered to teach me but she is a right handed and has great difficulty teaching me. I asked around and around but no one seems to now of any left handed person that will teach me. I checked on line, but I am not able to learn by myself without a teacher. I joined a crochet club but they are unable to teach me. How can I find a
    left handed teacher. HELP>

    • Jill says:

      I checked out a book on crochet from the library. Make certain that there are large illustrations of stitches.
      I then propped it up to a mirror and taught myself hoe to crochet!

  6. helen says:

    I have been told to order a handiwriter for my daughter by her school, she is right handed – will it be OK for her to use?

  7. Sabrina says:

    I am a complete left handed person. Over the years, I have learned too write quite well, as I am a writer. But I have recently learned that being left handed comes with flaws. Many people at my school are right handed, and I am one of only people who is not. We have recently started to do sports, but none of them can help me very well with it. They tried to make me switch too being right handed when I was playing, but it simply did not work. How do I learn to play sports, or guitar while being a left handed person?

  8. susan machi says:

    I’ve been teaching my grandson, who is 3 yrs. old to play golf. He loves it! But I’m starting to see he might be left handed. He always wants to start on on the opposite side from a right handed player, like my self. I want to buy him clubs to fit his size. How can you tell if someone is going to be left handed??

  9. Azhar Azr says:

    I will write in right handed but except writing i do evry works in my left hand on childhood my i was writing left hand then parents forced me to write in right hand so iam writing in right hand, now qustion is iam i still lefty or not?

  10. ania says:

    is there a correlation between being left handed and homosexual

  11. Nell says:

    I have a child that is 16 who also has Down Syndrome. She is very small for her age and has very small pudgy hands. She is taking sewing in high school this year and we are unable to find any small left handed fabric scissors. Most are to long and/or the area for the fingers are to large. Does anyone have any recommendations as to which scissors would work best?

  12. anand salimath says:

    I was born left-handed and now i am using right hand for writing and eating but still i am using left hand for other things like in games other works and i am 22 year old ,i have spelling problems in english what to do i am not geting plz help me

  13. Pat Wagner says:

    I was born left-handed, made to switch. When I use a mouse , I have to turn it the
    other way around & my brain thinks in terms of a pulley system. I push the mouse up to
    make the cursor go down & push the mouse down to make the cursor go up. I use left
    hand……but if I use right hand, I still need the mouse turned around.

  14. Irma Reimer says:

    I am homeschooling my 6 year old son. He prints real well and we would like to start teaching him cursive writing. Is there a specific curriculum or company that helps us teach cursive to left handers?

    • Nell says:

      Handwriting Without Tears is fabulous for left and right handed students. There is a print program and a cursive program. We used it with my daughter who is left handed.

  15. Megs says:

    Hello! I’m completely a left handed. I write with left, and hold knives/fork/spoon with left hand only while eating. I just want to ask how do I handle fork and knife both while eating? As I cannot use knife with right hand while cutting/or fork with right hand while eating? it is very disgusting to switch over again n again while in front if everybody. I feel very uncomfortable while eating using fork and knife as i’m to hold them properly.

    Please help!!! :(

  16. Claude T says:


    I want to create an organization to identify and support the left in my area in Africa.

    I am looking for a volunteer to help me, who is willing to give me a few minutes of his time?


    • Hiba says:

      hi Claude
      I am algerian , and I know a lot of lefties in here . It’ll be great if we have such organisation or something for us . Am a teen so I guess I can help my way …

  17. Chloe says:

    My son is 6, when little he naturally used a pencil etc in his left hand, gradually as he got older I noticed when colouring he would naturally do so with his left but when writing his name he would then specifically put his pencil in his right hand. I am not sure whether he is actually right-handed and was inadvertently taught to write with his right hand at nursery or just copied what others did, however he does everything else left-handed i.e. tennis, cricket and is left foot dominant at football. His handwriting is very poor for his age and he really struggles with writing, school have given him a ‘gripper’ to help him with holding his pencil and I have recently noticed when writing he curves his hand round (as left-handed people tend to). My son was always very bright i.e. learnt colours, counting left and right etc.. very early but now seems to be almost regressing – he now struggles knowing right and left, seems to struggle to retain information and certainly isn’t progressing along with peers. My son is very self-conscious about his writing (and in general), he also appears quite an anxious child and finds it difficult to regulate his emotions – not sure if this is linked or just coincidence. Although myself and husband are both right-handed, my younger son (4) appears to be left-handed. I asked him to write his name with his left and he said it felt weird but it was just as legible as with his right. I’m wondering whether to encourage him to right with his left, even though this might be difficult initially or whether this will just make things worse??? Please help not sure what to do for the best.

  18. Paul says:

    Hi All
    I am left handed but kick a ball right footed, use a knife & fork right handed, my biggest problem is using a computer mouse which i use right handed and can not use left handed at all, the problem is my eyes do not track the mouse correctly when using the mouse the correct way (left & right click facing away from me) so i have to turn the mouse around so that the left and right click are facing me as opposed to away from me, is this a normal problem or am i a complete freak!!

  19. Bex says:

    Hi There,

    My 6 year old daughter is very very bright, but is struggling with writing. She is unbelievably slow!!! She disappears in her own world and writes very little and procrastinates. What is does write is amazing and she is in the top set. However, her teacher is at her wits end with her. She has so much potential but this is severely letting her down.
    She has even been given her own writing area but this hasn’t really helped. I have suggested that it’s her Left handiness that is affecting her. Does this ring any bells with anyone? Or can anyone give any advice.

    Also, I am going to buy her some left handed Black pens for school to see if this helps, I am confused as to what to buy. I’d love to buy a selection and see what works for her.


    Thank you, Bex

  20. Stephanie French says:

    I am trying to look up the percentage of left handed people in different countries of the world. Where do I find this information?

    Thank you,

    Stephanie French

  21. Rosey Simpkins says:

    I’m looking for some advise for a pen for my 6 year old daughter for writing birthday cards. Because they are quite glossy, I’ve found the Stabilo pen ink doesn’t dry , so have gone to her using a normal biro, but then this smudges. What pen would you suggest please?

  22. Jennifer Molloy says:

    Do you have a paper catalogue of your products?

  23. Laurie says:

    Hello – my son who is 8 is trying to correct his handwriting from the hook style of writing…he is now learning cursive and my question is – do right and left handers form the letters or start the letters in the same way? I know that right handers start at the top right side of letters – like on the 2 position on a clock. Is this the same for left handers?

  24. Elizabeth says:

    I received my order the next day – wonderful service. Am very pleased with the pens. I would like another pen, with a fine tip/nib, with ink that is smudge proof. Please recommend some styles for me, I have no idea which is finer, 0.1 mm 0.5 mm or 0.7 mm nib or tip. Your selection of items for left handers is amazing, thank you so much. I will be buying a ruler, scissors, pencils, sharpener and a tapemeasure for my lefthanded grandaughter.

  25. Daniela Pagliaruli says:

    Dear Staff,

    my name is Daniela and I am writing from Italy; I am 23.
    Recently, I think some days ago, I started being more conscious about my body, particularly about my writing skills.
    I always loved writing and everything that concerns pens, pencils, several types of paper, and, of course, the world of typewriting.
    I think that is quite difficult using physical words for describing processes that involve the inside spheres, or interior spheres.
    I am proudly left-handed but never had been educated about the art of writing, the art of calligraphy and the right body positions adopted when writing, also reading.
    Every time I try to write, my eyes and my left hand hurt.
    I know that every process needs its balances.
    So, I want to educate myself, begin writing correctly.
    I saw on your site several exercises books that children use during primary schools.
    I need suggestions: should I start from them?, I don’t judge anything strange or fool that could help me during my learning process.

    Another question: are there any differences between the two types of Yoropen, Superior and Executive models?

    I want to thank You for the site, and the intentness that you demonstrated during these years.

    Have a Great Day.

  26. Kimi says:

    Hey everyone! Its me again.

    Here is the book i was talking about a week or so ago. (By the way, my previous comment i accidently posted on one of the newsletter comments category. thats why you probably didnt see my comment in THISs category.

    Sorry, i cropped the picture off mircosoft word a few minutes ago and it wont let me paste the photo of the book. Bummer. However, here is some better info on the book than my last post:

    Author-David Wolman-Title-“A Left-Hand Turn Around the World; Chasing the Mystery of All Things SouthPaw”.) Believe me, it’s an excellent book! One of Wolfman’s reviewers who read his book commented this; “Wolman’s book offers an informative and often humorous look at southpaws”-Science News.” I totally agree with that, personally, at least!

    Anyway, I probably already mentioned this before on my previous post, “I have one sister and SIX brothers! Two of them are also leftys. I am, too. So are my two uncles!

    However it doesnt run in my family. I was adopted into this family of mine. Interestingly enough, ALL of my seven siblings, except for two, are all from seperate families and backrounds. The other two I mentioned above are blood related to my adoptive parents.

    People who come to visit us, for example, new neighbors and what not, are boggled about the majority of the Leftys in our family. We often get comments like, What a rare coinsedince! It feels kind of like being a celebrity.

    Anyway, I would really enjoy comments from others out there like my family, that is, if its an okay thing to ask for. C U Later Lefty-ators. (Made that word up) -Kimi, aka, Chatter-Box:-) 6/22/2011

  27. Emily says:

    I am a chef and have a lot of troubles with my knives. I know there is a difference between left and right handed knives when dealing with serrations (ie bread knives) but is there a difference with regular kitchen knives. Can anyone please help me?

  28. Susan says:

    Hi,I am 44yrs old and finally got a left handed scissors as a christmas present this past christmas.This might sound odd but I find it difficult to use,my husband got me a left-handed pen a couple of years ago and I can’t use that either.Is it me or did anyone else have this problem starting off.

    • Mark says:

      I too am of a similar age. I have had left handed scissors bought for me but I cannot use them without a conscious effort to use them with a left-handed purpose. The reason is that I am so used to having to deal with the right-handed kind that I am now conditioned to use scissors a specific way as soon as ai pick them up.
      My natural reaction is now to push apart the handles, thus creating the familiar dented groove in my left thumb,as per right handed scissors which causes the blades to come close together. Unfortunately this action has the opposite effect with the left handed scissors and this pushes the blades apart.

      I have now given up. Using them as my conditioning is too ingrained to keep using the left hand scissors.

  29. melanie says:

    do any other left handed people have big problems with locks and keys also things like fitting a food mixure on the right way

  30. Dave Mildren says:

    I need a new cordless LHand PC Mouse, My logitech has decided to pack up on me so, I need a new one. Oh and I have Arthritis in my fingers so I need quitwe a large one please. Any help please?


  31. Christine says:

    My five-year old is a lefty. Should I teach him to hold cutlery in a left or right handed fashion?

    • Izzy says:

      My little sister’s left handed, but she grew up with my parents and I teaching her to be right handed with most things, and now she’s ambidextris!!

      Just do what your 5 year old feels comfortable with and she/he can begin to make to decisions themself as they grow to what they feel comfortable with.

      • Emily says:

        Ha! Im the only leftie in a family of righties and find that some thing i can also do right handed such as peeling vegetables. I am now 18 and find that most people are a little puzzled as to whether im left handed or right handed, Especially at the dinner table!!

    • Lawrence says:

      I’m left handed.. But would say the one thing to teach your child to do right handed is eating..

      Eating etiquette and service layout is always on the right, if you are at a dining table having cutlery all switched about causes you to bump in to the people next to you, even drinking glasses etc .. the available space is arranged in the way to make it easy for righties..

      Learning to eat that way for a left handed person will save them a power of hurt, if not awkwardness..

  32. Magpie says:

    I to am one of 6 daughters who are all Left Handed, born to a right handed father.

    But to 5 different mothers (yes my dear father was a bit of a wild one); all of whom are also were right-handed.

    Anyone else got a similar background ?

  33. Kev Corcoran says:

    Looking for a ‘Left-Hand Only’ beer glass or mug for a gift to a left handed friend. Any suggestions?



  34. Liz says:

    Are all your cartridge pens refillable?

  35. Margie says:

    In the USA, most ATM signature pads have the pen/stylus attached to the right side of the equipment, which makes it quite difficult to sign as a lefty. Most times my signature simply is not legible. Why or why can’t they just attach the cord in the middle at the bottom of the unit?????


  36. JC Colson says:

    I have been a member for acouple years…I have enjoyed your newsletter very much.
    I do remember a long time ago that you had an article about common illnesses/diseases that are more common with left handiers apposed to right handed people.
    Do you still have that article in your archives that I could receive?
    Thank You for any information that you can send to me or post.


    Jc Colson

  37. Ak says:

    Im a muslim and im really confused whether in Islam it is permissible to use the left hand for eating….because everyone says its not??? because of this i’ve REALLY TRIED, like really really hard to make use of my right hand, but i might as well wish the sky was red>>:(:(:(


    • Gill Henderson says:

      I went to a quite posh school where manners at the dinner table were considered important. I was told it was very bad mannered to use my soup spoon with my left hand. I thought it was worse mannered to tip my soup into my ear with my right hand !

  38. Margaret says:


    I purchased the Left-handed Letter guide using Paypal. I printed it out. The only problem is when I make copies, the lines do not show up because they are gray. I can’t find the original link or download. Can I use it to copy several sets of these sheets? Can you please send this to me again so I can do so? Please see my information below…

    Margaret Hatfield

    Transaction ID: 3NB53292AW5722343
    Hello Margaret Hatfield,

    You sent a payment of 2.95 GBP to Anything Left-Handed Ltd ([email protected])

    It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account.

  39. Lori says:

    I have an odd situation. My husband and I are both right handed. We only had two children together and both of our boys are left handed!! Anyone know the odds of this happening?

    • chance gomez says:

      to have a left handed child when both parents are right handed is 25% chance are the boys twins?

    • Galen says:


      I have an even odder case. My sister-in law is 1 of 5 children born to right handers. All 5 children are left handed. While visiting family in Alaska last week,we were discussing this and wondering what the odds that 5 out of 5 children are leftys. Any info out there?

    • Hiba says:

      lori ,
      am a left-handed person , my parents are both righties , and my two siblings and my whole family !!!

  40. chance gomez says:

    my question is there away to reduce my smugges when i write

    • Heather says:

      yeah they sell pens that have some kinda ink in them that prevents smudges, i know its hard to not do so with some pens, but u just gotta find the right pen

    • Tara says:

      To help prevent smudges I tend to slip a small piece of paper underneath my hand…when I was younger I used to pull my sleeve down underneath my hand…I can’t quite remember when I stopped doing that but I just know I don’t do it anymore.

    • Susan says:

      Yes, turn the paper to approx a 45 degree angle so your hand sits naturally under your writing. This way your hand isn’t obscuring what you are writing so your hand writing will improve dramatically and you won’t smudge the ink. My primary 6 teacher showed me how to do this. You are in charge of the paper and pen, they are not in charge of you. You don’t need to bend your hand around the words, make the words conform to you. It’s very easy to get used to, may cause the odd comment but mainly about your beautiful hand writing.

  41. chance gomez says:

    my name is chance gomez and i am spainsh fork utah U.S.A and i am proud that i am left handed. it is the greatest thing that is in my life (besides my fiance’ saryha) i play the bass guitar left handed. i dont use scissors left handed though. i dont know why i think that is really weird. but ya being left handed is great and it is too bad we only make up ten percent of the worlds popultaion!!!!!!!!!! thats it
    P.S. if being left handed is wrong i never want to be right

  42. Terry says:

    My son is not only left-handed, but he has no use of his right hand and arm due to a stroke at a very young age. Although, his right leg is not fully functional (hemiplegic) and is aphasic, he is a 29-year old adult, married, holding down a job and drives a car which has been modified to fit his needs.

    Is there anything out there (and I do mean anything) that is specifically meant for use with the left hand only?

    Would love to see such items.

    Thanks a million!

    • Victoria says:

      Your son sounds amazing, I wish him well and hope he continues to enjoy a good life. I have always felt that being left handed makes me feel ‘different’ and as I like to stand out from the crowd, not a bad thing. Left handed people are not sheep and therefore deserve to be recognised as different!
      I cant offer you any assistant Im afraid but moral support counts for a lot. So I hope your son feels as proud as I do to be using his left hand instead of his right.



  43. Julie says:

    I’m a lefty and have found difficulties in my aerobic/dance classes. Has anyone else noticed that dancing tends to favor right-handed movements? This includes symmetrical moves (one side, than the other; I find right-handed instructors will often forget the left side) and moves that require 180 degree turns (I’d prefer to turn to the left using my left foot for balance but hip-hop dancing generally has you turn to your right).

  44. bijit says:

    i am a left hander or i can simply say that i only use my left hand in writing other than that i am used to use my right hand in other activities.
    i am very popular in my class because i have the best handwriting of all inspite of writing with left hand so left hand also sometimes dominates over the right hand

  45. Madeline says:

    I’ll repeat this just not knowing if it “took” first time…
    I write exclusively with my left hand, cannot use my right. Yet I seem to do most everything else with my right hand.
    I am superinterested in your diary/notebook type of products.
    But would anyone have any idea why my brain works this way?
    I am not upset just very curious

  46. Madeline says:

    I write exclusively with my left hand but seem to do most everything else with my right. I am very interested in your products like the diaries etc. But does anyone have any information on why my brain is this way?
    I’m not upset, just ultra curious!

  47. Kate says:

    Why do left-handed watches have the numbers going the other way yet still have the little time adjuster knob on the right hand side? I was alway taught to have my watch on the opposite hand to which I right, which makes using that function very difficult. I’d have thought having the numbers going the correct way round but with the knob on the other side would be more benefical to most. Any ideas?

    • Lori says:

      That makes absolute sense to me!

    • Christopher Bradford says:

      This is news to me. I am completely left handed, but I’ve never had a left handed watch. I always assumed the only difference would be the knob to adjust the time would be on the left side of the watch. If left handed watches are the way you describe, I’ll never want one.

  48. Heather says:

    Does anybody know where you can buy a joystick for either the XBox or PS2? I ask because my dad lost his right arm in an accident, and now finds simple tasks such as using a controller quite difficult.

  49. linda says:


    i would like to find some left handed pencil grips for large thick pencils used by very young children, any ideas?

  50. Jan says:

    Configure mouse settings in control panel & change use of primary button to right, click mouse, tick switch primary button, apply and ok. Then place mouse left hand side of keyboard, simple this is how I use mine. I presume this is what you were asking about.

  51. Sadig Mhamoud says:

    what you believe of the suggesiton that most of lift handed were intellegent or has aptitude to consider things different to their right handed colleagues, otherwise lifthanded has better chance to activate the lift sid of their minds in which intellectual visoin were found

  52. Steven Carroll says:

    Not sure how to answer that question about operating a computer with the just the left hand!
    But, I have another question: Are there any other left handers out there who have difficulty in forward planning. i don’t know if it’s just me or if it’s a common trait with left handedness.
    Also, sense of direction, or lack of it! There have been many a time I have taken a wrong turn down a street and before I know it, hopelessly lost. Thereafter, find it very difficult in working out how to get my bearings right again.

    Steve Carroll

  53. babu says:

    how to operate computer with left hand only