Spot The Difference

If you struggle with some everyday tasks and people think you are awkward or just hopeless, it is almost certainly NOT YOU, but the incorrect tools you are using!

Here are some examples of how left-handed versions of everyday items are different and why they will make a big difference for you.

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If you or your child find that you tend to tear the paper rather than cutting it and you can never cut cleanly along a line

Cutting with right handed scissors

It is probably because you are using the wrong scissors.

Left-handed scissors have the blades reversed so the top blade is always on the left so that you can see your cutting line and the natural squeezing action of your hand pushes the blades together so they can cut like a guillotine rather than pushing them apart so the paper bends between the blades.

left handed scissors cut properly

Cutting bread

Do you always make a mess of cutting bread and end up with doorstep slices and an overhanging loaf?

Cutting bread badly with a right handed knife

The answer could be a simple as getting a proper left-handed bread knife with the serrations on the right side of the blade so it counteracts the natural twisting motion of your hand as it should rather than reinforcing it.

Cutting bread properly with a left handed bread knife

Opening tins and peeling

If you just cannot get to grips with a “normal” tin opener

A standard tin opener is completely right handed

Just get a proper left handed tin opener that is fully reversed in design and works naturally the way you want to hold and turn it

Opening cans is easy with a left handed can opener

Peeling fruit and vegetables can be very difficult with a right-handed peeler as you have to peel away from yourself and end up scraping your knuckles in the process. A two sided peeler is much better and one designed to be held in the left hand as you peel towards your body is ever better.

Left handed peeler


A lot of left handers get into awkward writing positions and smudge their work because they are trying to make a standard ink pen work. These are, of course, designed for right handers to PULL across the page from left to right with the nib being dragged behind and writing smoothly. When a left-hander tries to PUSH is across the page nib first it just digs into the paper and you get no ink flow. Contorting the writing position to make it work just leads to smudging and bad writing.

A lefthander cannot write with a right handed ink pen

The answer is to use a specially designed left handed pen that has the nib rounded at the end to flow smoothly when pushed and also the centre cut on the nib moved to the other side so that you get smooth ink flow with the left side of the nib pressed to the paper rather than the right.

Write smoothly with a left handed pen

In the garden

A garden pruner needs to be reversed like a pair of left-handed scissors so the top blade is on the left and you can cut plants cleanly rather than just tearing chunks off them.

Left handed garden pruner (secateur)

The better designs also have the blade locking mechanism moved to the right side so you can easily operate it with your left thumb.

Many larger garden tools are designed for right handers and difficult, if not dangerous, to use left-handed. Chainsaws are a good example. Even seemingly ambidextrous items like lawn edging shears do not actually work properly for left-handers who normally prefer to work in a right to left direction.

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More information

There are many more examples of tools and equipment that is difficult for left-handers to use and you can see a very wide range of specially designed left-handed items on the Anything Left-Handed website.

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4 comments on “Spot The Difference
  1. Sharon Orne says:

    My daughter is lefthanded and works cutting hair in a salon do you have scissors that are designed for this ?

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    Would you happen to have any idea where I could purchase left hand pinking shears?

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