I am a leftie. I am in good company. Over the years, I have found a lot of people at pen shows, the Fountain Pen Network, writing on the train, plane or in a coffee shop, and yes, the people who read and participate in this blog, are left-handed like me. (FYI- Leah is right-handed, but we all love her anyway!)
Here is a list of notable lefties. Both President Obama and Senator John McCain are left-handed. Paleolithic cave paintings from France and Spain indicated our leftie ancestors were active in the arts over 30,000 years ago. Studying a collection of so-called negative hand drawings on cave walls – similar to tracing one hand with the other – scientists found that some individuals drew their right hand.
A problem common to all lefties is smearing of ink on the page and our hand. For years, whenever I would write in a pad, notebook or journal–including Rhodia, Exacompta AND Clairefontaine–I would smear. I had taken to writing awkwardly by lifting my hand up a little but even that wasn’t foolproof.
Finally, in desperation, I asked Sam Fiorella of Pendemonium what I should do. She said: “Get a pen with a fine nib.” I did, and the problem was 95% resolved. But if I wrote too quickly, sometimes the ink would still smear.
I mentioned this to Chuck Swisher of Swisher Pens while I was at the DC pen show a few years ago. He told me he had developed a smear-proof ink, using Rhodia pads for his product testing! The ink can be seen on his website here.
I tested the ink at his table, and I have to say it worked exactly as Chuck said it would: it doesn’t smear–even if you take your thumb and draw it across the letters. I have personally recommended it to other lefties as an ink for us.
I have and use Noodler’s, J. Herbin, Sailor, Swisher and Diamine. I love them all, and smear with them all. Except Swisher.
What ink(s) or pen(s) would you recommend for lefties?