I’m right handed, but I feel for people who are left handed and living in a world where so many common items are designed for “North paws”. Sometimes there isn’t much you can do about it, but when it comes to the standard wooden pencil, left handed writers no longer need to suffer. Here are the steps to convert a normal right handed pencil into one designed for left handers.
- Start with an unsharpened number 2 standard lead pencil.
- Wiggle the metal that holds the eraser until it comes off in your hand.
- Push the metal over the opposite end. (The end the right handers usually sharpen.)
- If necessary, use a pair of pliers to help crimp the metal back to the pencil.
- Sharpen the end that the right handed people normally erase with.
Viola! You now have a pencil to use in your left hand that is just as ergonomic as a normal pencil is for a right handed user.
In New York there is a non-profit company that is going to try to convert 500 pencils each day to give out to left handed school children. The director of the company is left handed and feels he suffered greatly using right handed pencils in grade school. This is his way of giving back to the community. They are actively seeking volunteers and will mail you a set of pencils if you would like to help contribute your time.