Everything seems to be harder for left-handers, even the most basic daily activities, which the fortunate right-handed majority doesn’t even think about. Any detail of their day could be rendered incredibly uncomfortable or challenging just because they’re forced to use less well-controlled hand. Slicing bread, swiping into the subway, opening doors, taking notes in a meeting, writing on a whiteboard, scrolling through emails, preparing dinner, and opening a bottle of wine are all infinitely more challenging, because everything has been invented for right-handers.
Opening a bottle of wine with your left hand is a nightmare, and if you manage to get it open, it’s normally very precarious, with the corkscrew going into the cork on a diagonal. Thankfully, you can find corkscrews for lefties where the threads are made to be turned anti-clockwise, so your left hand can be in control of opening that bottle.
Playing a guitar without your dominant hand strumming is a struggle, and turning the guitar the other way round so we’re essentially playing it upside down rarely works (unless you’re Kurt Cobain). But there’s no need for left-handers to be left out of guitar-playing, as many companies make left-handed guitars that are mirror reflections of the classic version.
Leave a left-hander to measure up a room in your home, and it will either take them three times as long as it would take a right-hander or the measurements will be totally wrong. This is because left-handers need the tape to read from right to left so it can be held with the left hand and pulled out with the right hand without being upside down.
You’ll instantly notice who the left-handers are in your office, because they have moved their mouse to the left side of the computer. However, while this goes halfway to fixing the problem, this then means that the controls are all back to front, which is why the left-hander’s mouse is an essential piece of office equipment.
For left-handers, peeling vegetables is a dangerous business. Either they use their right hand — which they have little control over, so inevitably cut off the tips of fingers — or they peel away from them (using their left hand), and have the raw knuckles to show for it. Thankfully, left-handed peelers have been invented, so left-handers can now cook potatoes without fearing losing all their fingers.
Pens and pencils, which have indents and protrusions that are meant to help you with writing, just make everything worse for left-handers. It’s time to take revenge and carry round a special left-hander grip to put on all those pens and pencils so you can write neatly, no matter what tool you’re using.
If you’re not a left-hander, just try writing with your left hand on a piece of paper that’s in a ring binger folder. It’s genuinely impossible. Either you go for the over-the-top arm technique, which means you can only write on the first couple of lines; or you squish your arm between the two rings, which is clearly incredibly painful, and also does nothing to make your handwriting legible; or you push your ring binder so it’s almost falling off the desk and just write on the last few lines. None of these are ideal, which is why every school should provide left-handers with a reverse ring binder where the rings are on the right.
Trying to draw a line of a certain distance when you’re a left-hander is nigh-on impossible, as when you’re drawing the line, the numbers on the ruler are obscured by your hand. Luckily you can buy rulers where the numbers run from right to left so you can draw a line and simultaneously see how long it is.
Never, ever get annoyed when you ask a lefty to slice a loaf of bread and the pieces come out on a totally uneven diagonal. It’s the knife’s fault, not theirs. All left-handed grown-ups should own a special lefty serrated knife where the serrated side is on the right so finally they can slice that loaf of bread like a professional.
Writing as a left-hander is hard enough as it is, as you naturally smudge all the words written with the side of your hand. This only gets worse when there’s a metal spiral that your hand is pressing on. Let’s make a pledge to always make sure lefties are provided with notebooks with the spiral binding on the right hand side so there’s no more pain and spiral marking on our hands after we write something down.
Using gardening shears or pruners meant for right-handed folks could leave left-handers with callouses and wonky looking bushes and trees. Left-handed pruners have the blades reversed so you can clearly the bushes, trees, and flower beds that you’re trimming. The view is crystal clear, and you don’t have to contort your arms and hands. Plus, no more uneven lines in your garden!
For left-handers who use the ten-key setup on their keyboard often, having to cross over to the right side of the keyboard to use your dominant hand is awkward, to say the least. Left-handed keyboards put the ten-key setup on the left side, so you can enter numbers with ease.
Knife blades do tend to be fairly neutral handed, but cheese knives, bread knives, and chef knives are typically made for righties, so a left-handed version is welcome. They’re ground to be sharper on their right side, allowing you to cut, chop, and slice with more precision.
With the cups and ounces measurements printed toward a left-handed user, left-handed chefs can read their liquid levels with ease. Cooking and baking will be much more seamless with this product.
Something as simple as drinking from a mug can be awkward for a lefty. But not with specially-made left-handed mugs. Not only are the fun phrases and photos on the appropriate side, but Lefty’s the Left Hand Store sells mugs with holes at the top of the cup so right-handers will have a little accident anytime they sip coffee or tea with their right hand. Serves them right, though!
Not like many people in the world still use classic wooden pencils, but if you do, you know pencil sharpeners turn clockwise. Left-handed sharpeners are built to be twisted counterclockwise, which is more natural for lefties.
Have you ever been playing poker as a lefty and realized that your thumb and palm are covering up what cards are in your hand? Left-handed cards put the card numbers and letters in the right corners, allowing you to fan out your cards and deal a hand without having to double-check your deck.
Swiss Army Knives are built for right handers, like most things in this world. A left-handed knife is built in a reverse layout, with a counter-clockwise corkscrew and depressions meant to be opened by the right hand for ultimate ease and safety of use.
Every left-hander knows that scissors for lefties are a must-have. Left-handed scissors have their blades reversed so you can cut naturally and see what you’re doing. Customized grips also allow you to snip away with comfort.
Left-handed watches are built with the controls on the right side, allowing you to change the hours and minute hands with ease. Other lefty watches and clocks are built counterclockwise, because left-handers find those numbers easier to read.