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I've been lurking here for awhile and I think i'm ready for my first FP. The only potential issue I have would be I'm left-handed. Anybody here who is left-handed and writes daily with an FP?

I'd like to hear your suggestions as to which nib and brand that is most comfortable for you!
 

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I've been lurking here for awhile and I think i'm ready for my first FP. The only potential issue I have would be I'm left-handed. Anybody here who is left-handed and writes daily with an FP?

I'd like to hear your suggestions as to which nib and brand that is most comfortable for you!
Hi Nicholas,

I'm not a lefty, and although I use a fountain pen regularly, I'm no expert. I can try and point you in the right direction, though.

A lot depends on the way you write...if you are lefty overwriter or underwriter (how you hold your had in relation to the pen and the paper). There are various work-a-rounds that can be done, such as using a firmer nib, having an oblique nib ground for you, using quicker drying ink or a pen that lays down a thinner line (in case you position your hand such that it drags through the drying ink), and sometimes, nothing needs to be done and you are fine right out of the box.

Try these links:

http://www.richardspens.com/?page=ref_info/nib_left.htm

http://www.richardspens.com/?page=extrafine/xf0503.htm

The parent site of these is also excellent, and I recommend looking through it, especially the reference section for any explanations. The site owner (Richard Binder) is also very responsive to questions.

Here's one more:

http://www.nibs.com/Left-hand writers.htm

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Rick
 

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nicholasmk,

Have you thought about getting a Sailor Trident 360 FP? This FP was made by Sailor to compete with ball point pens way back when. It is like writing with a roller ball. The problem is they are hard to find and cost many $$$ when you find one on Ebay. When they were initially released, I would guess they cost about $35 US. Today they go for about $250 US. Sorry, no pictures since I have no patience waiting for Photobucket to load the images I have of one.

Sandra
 

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Hello,

I am a lefty but would be under #2 in the pictures. I wrote daily with FPs for the last 5 years.
To be able to write and not smear you need the right combination of ink/paper and line thickness (ink quantity). You need a nib that is not too fine as to be scratchy when you push you pen, but not too large as to leave too much ink so that it is not "absorbed/dried" when your hand passes over your handwriting.

There is abundant talk on this subject on the www.fountainpennetwork.com
 
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