Lefties, we know you have it rough when it comes to finding good pens since most of them are designed to be used by right-handers.
A typical right-handed person using a pen pulls it toward the right in a smooth motion, leaving a line of fresh ink untouched behind the writing hand.
A left-handed person has to push the pen from left to right. That requires the writer to press harder on the pen, which can be uncomfortable and can force the paper to foul the writing tip. Meanwhile, the writing hand drags over the ink and smudges it.
Obviously, then, the two most important qualities in a pen for left-handed people is that the ink dries quickly and that it flows as smoothly as possible. With that in mind, these are some of the pens left-handers might consider:
Table of Contents
- 1 Quick Drying Pens
- 2 Pressurised Pens
- 3 Left Handed Pens & Pencils for Children
- 4 Left Handed Fineliner Pens
- 5 Left Handed Calligraphy Pens
- 6 Left Handed Fountain Pens
- 7 Conclusion
Quick Drying Pens
Pentel Energel BL77 Gel Rollerball Pens
Pentel Energel pens contain EnerGel ink which is specially formulated with a combination of liquid and gel ink, giving you super-smooth writing which is quick drying and smudge proof, making it ideal for left-handed writers. They are available in a range of styles & tip sizes with the Pentel Energel XM BL77 being one of their most popular pens with its wide barrel, retractable 0.7mm tip & a choice of 12 vibrant ink colours.
Pentel Energel Sterling Premium Gel Rollerball Pens
If you prefer a more luxurious pen then the Pentel Energel Sterling Premium Gel Rollerball pens are ideal as they have an aluminium barrel which can be laser engraved with a name or personal message.
Pentel Energel Tradio Rollerball Pens
The Pentel Energel Tradio is another popular pen in the Energel range it is a capped pen with a modern look and feels to it and a slightly slimmer barrel than the XM BL77.
Ohto Rays Extra Fine Gel Ballpoint Pens
For those left-handed writers who prefer a finer line then the Ohto Rays gel pens are ideal they the latest in super fast drying ink technology with an extra fine 0.5mm tip that writes a 0.2mm wide line. The pens resemble the original Parker Jotters with a plastic lower barrel and the metal upper part before Parker updated the design of the Jotter a couple of years ago.
Another cool thing about the Ohto Rays is that the PG-105NP refill that is available to buy separately. It is a Parker G2 style refill which means that it can be used in other brands of pen that uses this type of refill. Ohto Rays Gel Pens are available in six different barrel colours.
Zebra Sarasa Gel Rollerball Pens
Zebra pens are renowned for their exceptional value for money and the Zebra Sarasa 0.7mm gel pen is one of the most popular pens that Zebra make. It is is a super smooth writing retractable pen with acid-free ink that is of archival quality. The Sarasa has the latest generation ink with an improved formula that is exceptionally quick drying on most types of writing paper eliminating smearing and smudging and making it a firm favourite with left-handed writers. Zebra Sarasa 0.7mmm gel pens are available with black, blue or red ink.
Uni-ball Jetstream Rollerball Pens
A rollerball pen might not be the first choice for a lefty because the ink can smudge if your hand passes over it as you write. However, that’s the main selling point of the Jetstream: It’s a hybrid that combines the fast drying ink more common to a ballpoint with the gentle glide of a gel. You get fewer smudges and a more comfortable experience.
Any quality pen with a pressurized cartridge can be a good choice for left-handed people. The advantage is that since there’s always downward pressure on the ink, you’ll get a constant smooth flow, whether you’re pushing the pen across the paper or pulling it. You won’t be rubbing the ink off the ball, “drying up” the pen, as sometimes happens when lefties use ballpoints. And the pen will even write upside down or on wet paper. How cool is that?
Fisher invented the pressurised refill and it was first used in space by astronauts on Apollo 7 in 1968. They have a huge range to choose from so any Fisher Space pen would be a good choice for someone who writes with their left hand. The following are some of the more popular Fisher Space Pens. All can be refilled with Fisher pen refills which are available in 10 different colours & with a fine, medium or broad tip.
Fisher Capomatic S251 Space Pens
The Capomatic S251 is Fishers entry-level pen it is a retractable pen. The lower barrel is made from a sturdy plastic and the upper part is made from metal with a chrome finish & there are 5 barrel five barrel colours to choose from. The pen takes its name from the fact that you simply press its cap to advance and retract the nib.
Fisher Bullet Space Pens
The bullet-shaped space pens are Fishers most popular pen. They are a compact pen that is an ideal size to carry around. When the cap is removed it slides over the barrel to make it a more usable length. There are over 20 different finishes to choose from ranging from chrome to black titanium nitride.
Fisher AG-7 Original Space Pen
The Fisher AG-7 is the original space pen and its classic design has stood the test of time if you are looking for a gift for someone who is left-handed they don’t come much better than this. How cool to own the same pen that the Astronauts still use to this very day.
Pilot Down Force Ballpoint Pens
The Pilot Down Force is a heavy-duty pressurised pen that is ideal for both left & right handed people who have to work outside. From builders to delivery drivers or postman if you need a reliable pen that will write upside down or even on wet paper this is the pen for you.
Uni-Ball Power Tank Ballpoint Pens
The Uni power tank is the poor man’s version of the Fisher Space pens however it has a pressurised refill so it has the same benefits of a constant ink flow at its nib which should help when writing with your left hand. The power tank has a 1.0mm tip so it will suit those that prefer a slightly wider line and is available with black or blue ink.
Left Handed Pens & Pencils for Children
Obviously left-handed children can use any of the pens we have already mentioned that have fast drying ink or containing a pressurised refill to help prevent smudging and smearing while writing. However, when it comes to pens and pencils which have been specially designed for children there is really the only company that stands out from that rest and that is Stabilo.
Stabilo Easy Rollerball Pens
The Stabilo Easy range of rollerball pens are designed for kids, but there’s no reason adults can’t use it also. What’s important is that STABILO makes a left-handed version of the pen that is moulded with grip recesses so that your thumb and finger fit comfortably without any odd contortions. The idea is that you can hold it with a light grip, and it still will move easily across the paper.
These pens are available in a wide choice of barrel colours and there is a choice of a 0.5mm or 0.3mm tip. The smaller size is recommended for faster drying. Usually, ships with blue ink, although you can order black ink refills.
There are now 3 models in the Stabilo Easy Range:
- Stabilo Easy Original – The original ergonomic pen
- Stabilo Easy Metallics – Metallic effect finish & can be personalised with a laser engraved name.
- Stabilo Easy Marbled Colours – the latest addition with each pen having a unique marbled effect.
Stabilo Easy Ergo 1.4mm Pencil
The Stabilo EASYergo 1.4mm pencil is designed for children aged seven and over who are ready to move on from using the bigger EASYergo 3.15mm pencils. Again this pencil is available in a left-handed version with a specially moulded grip area.
Stabilo Easy Ergo 3.15mm Pencil
This pencil is designed for children just learning to write and the same as the Easy original pens the left-handed version is moulded for the thumb and fingers to sit comfortably in the correct position.
Stabilo Easy Graph Pencils
If you prefer a more traditional wooden pencil then the Stabilo Easygraph pencil is an ideal choice. The pencil has a triangular shaped barrel and unique non-slip mouldings available in both left and right-handed versions which allow you to grip the pencil in a relaxed position.
Left Handed Fineliner Pens
Zebra Sarasa Porus Pen Fineliner
The Zebra Sarasa Porus fine liner pens contain Zebra’s latest rapid dry quick-drying ink to prevent smearing and smudging, it is also acid-free & water resistant. The pen has a 0.8 mm needle tip and is ideal for making precise lines as well as drawing and colouring.
Zebra Sarasa needle tip fine liner pens are available in five colours which are black, blue, green, red and violet. They are also available in a pack of eight which contains 3 extra colours which are orange, pink & light blue.
Left Handed Calligraphy Pens
Manuscript Callicreative Calligraphy Markers
Manuscript is one of the few companies that make a calligraphy marker specifically designed for left-handed people. Their left-handed calligraphy marker triple pack contains a 1.0mm, 2.0mm & 3.0mm disposable italic marker. Each tip is cut at an oblique angle for left-handed writers and Arabic style writing.
Left Handed Fountain Pens
There’s much discussion online about whether left-handed people can use fountain pens. Some lefties say they’ve tried and found it impossible, while others swear they’ve been comfortably using fountain pens for years. The general consensus seems to be that it’s difficult because the left-to-right upward motion distorts the tines of most pens. There are a few companies that claim to make specially designed left-handed nibs but none of these has proven to be any better or worse than a standard fountain pen nib.
When using a fountain pen left-handed writers tend to hold the pen at a different angle to the paper compared to the right hander’s so that they avoid smudging while they write. This means that for most left-handed people a fountain pen with a standard nib in fine medium or broad will be okay.
However, there is some suggestion that it may be beneficial if you are left-handed and want to write with a fountain pen to try using a finer nib. The theory being that an extra fine or fine nib produces a narrow line with less ink on the paper so it should dry more quickly.
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pens
This is a great inexpensive fountain pen to try out if you are a left-handed writer and are not sure which nib size suits you. It is available in an extra fine, fine & medium nib. Platinum Preppy fountain pens are available in a choice of 7 ink colours or they can be fitted with an ink converter that allows the use of bottled ink.
Platinum Plasir Fountain Pens
With an aluminium barrel available in a choice of barrel colours, the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen is exceptional value for money and available in a 0.3mm fine or 0.5mm medium nib. This really is a truly amazing fountain pen that does not always get the recognition it deserves. It can also be fitted with an ink converter that allows the use of bottled ink.
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pens
The superb Kaweco classic sport fountain pens have an octagonal barrel and can be bought with a plastic, aluminium, brass or steel finish. They have a wide range of nib sizes to choose from which are extra fine, fine, medium, broad and double broad.
Of course, these are only a few of the pens available to left-handed people. We’d like to hear about your experiences with pens for lefties. Have any favourites that have worked for you, or any that you’ve tried and know just don’t do the job? Let us know.