Lefty Kissing, Life Choices and Knives
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In this issue..
1. Lefty Kissing
2. Left Handed Life Choices survey
3. Left handed knives
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Social kissing seems to be something that causes problems for a lot of left-handers as we naturally move to the other side to right-handers, i.e. The Same Side! which can result in embarrassing kisses on the lips by accident or lots of dodging left and right to get the correct position. We had never really thought of this as a left-handed thing until we stared getting emails about it.
We are undertaking the biggest ever survey of left-handedness in various Groups of people to find out what advantages and disadvantages left-handers have and how it affects their choices and success of career, sports, social activities and other lifestyle choices.
We want to find out whether there is a link between being left-handed and the choices people make in work and other activities and to answer questions like:
We asked whether people thought there were advantages or disadvantages to being left-handed in their group or whether it was the same for left and right-handers. Nearly a third of people who completed the survey thought that left-handers were at some disadvantage in their groups.
Right-handers may just put this down to general minority group moaning! However, left-handers are generally a very adaptable lot and used to putting up with inconveniences, usually without moaning. Also, we asked WHY they were at a disadvantage and got some very interesting comments. The disadvantages relate mainly to practical issues like equipment and workplace layouts that are difficult for left-handers to use.
It is also interesting that 16% of all the people thought they actually had an ADVANTAGE from being left-handed. Closer analysis (see below) shows that these advantages are generally thought to arise from the creative / artistic / intelligent / right side of the brain which is dominant in left-handers. They are also related to a fairly narrow range of jobs and professions.
Most “normal” knives for right-handers are serrated on the LEFT of the blade – the idea being that the effect of the serrations counter-acts the natural inward (clockwise as you see it) twisting action of the right hand, leading to a straight cut.
If a left-hander uses one of these knives, the serrations actually EMPHASIZE the natural anti-clockwise twisting motion of the left hand which leads to the classic “overhanging” loaf or whatever is being cut. All our knives are serrated on the RIGHT side of the blade to give the correct balanced action for left-handers and generally people are very pleased that they can suddenly cut straight!
We have received a lot of comments and experiences on left-handed knives and you can see them all on this page. A few examples are:
We stock two ranges of left-handed knives – one design with a scalloped edge on the right side of the blades that are great for slicing as well as general use and also a range that have a bevelled straight edge (on the right side of the blade) that is better for chopping.
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