Confession time: In the past I have been guilty of thinking that left handed tools were just a ‘nice-to-have’ rather than being essential. Surely us lefties are skilled enough to muddle through with cheaper right-handed tools right? Anyway, we recently moved into a new house that needs a lot of work so I took the plunge and invested in a few tools designed for left-handers, to see if they really made a difference.
Take last night as an example. I was measuring up where to hang some shelves. Without thinking, I grabbed the first tape measure I saw, which turned out to be our right-handed one. And what happened? All the numbers were upside down because I held the tape measure in my left hand!
Being a stubborn guy I kept on trying to use it rather than hunting for my left-handed one, but it was messing with my head and eventually I admitted defeat! I stopped what I was doing and found my left-handed tape measure, which genuinely made everything so much easier.
Then last weekend I had to head out into the garden and prune a few overgrown bushes. Fortunately, I thought ahead and had already found my new left-handed secateurs, and I can genuinely report that it was the best experience pruning that I have ever had!
They fit into my hand comfortably, so I could keep going for longer, but also the cutting edge was on top so I could see exactly what I was doing. In the past, I’ve ended up mangling my bushes rather than pruning them neatly, but this was so much easier.
In short, I am now a convert to left handed tools. Having the right tools means I can do everything I need to do quickly, accurately and safely. Now I just wish someone would make a left-handed chainsaw for the tree I need to take down next weekend!