The 8 Best Pens for Lefties in 2020
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Writing left in a right-handed world can be a real challenge. Text flows from left to right. If you’re following along with your hand behind the text you’re committing to paper, you can end up creating a real mess.
Schools teach kids a few ways to avoid this, but it can help a lot if you have a pen that’s made specifically with your hand in mind. This means one with quick-drying ink to avoid smears and a smooth flow because many people press down a little harder when they’re writing from the left. Some pens even offer special left-handed grips to reduce hand strain. You’ll find some or all of these features in these best pens for lefties.
Best Overall: The Uni-Ball Jetstream
Ballpoints tend to have fast-drying ink and the Uni-Ball Jetstream is no exception. But this ink is faster than fast. The Jetstream’s patented “Super” ink dries in less than one second. As an added bonus, the pen delivers the ink in a gentle glide that requires little pressure, which can be more comfortable for left-handed writers. Better yet, the ink actually embeds in the paper — no muss and no fuss if your hand should touch it literally a moment later.
That’s all great, but what makes this pen more special than all the rest? It offers a lot of other nice features, too, no matter what hand you write with. The embedding ink is a fraud-buster. Just try erasing it — it can’t be done. That makes it ideal for important documents and bank checks. And it’s attractive and professional-looking with its stainless steel accents and an embossed grip. The ink is available in blue, red or black.
Best for Kids: The Stabilo Easy Original Rollerball Pen
Learning to write is hard enough. Shouldn’t your little lefty have a writing tool that accommodates his unique style? Stabilo specifically created this pen with kids in mind, but adults love it as well because it’s designed to fit the left hand. The curved tail lets the pen rest against the hand for easy and comfortable manageability.
The Easy Original also has an ergonomic grip that was conceived by scientists, so it can be held lightly and without strain. Teachers rave about it. The tip comes in both 0.5 and 0.3 mm sizes, but the .3 tends to dry faster. The pen is refillable with black ink, although it comes loaded with blue. And it’s erasable, which is good because, let’s face it, sometimes kids make mistakes.
Most Adjustable: The Yoropen
The Yoropen is a ballpoint pen with the unique feature of being adjustable to accommodate a variety of left-handed holds. The ergonomic grip can be rotated to the left to change the angle of the pen to paper. You can adapt it to your hand in such a way that you’re comfortable and can clearly see what you’re writing — all the better to avoid smears. There’s also a finger support and the tip is ergonomic, too.
The pen is by necessity a little funny looking to achieve all this, but it provides a high degree of comfort. The Yoropen comes in a disposable version as well as a refillable Executive model and the Superior, which includes a refill.
Best Fountain Pen: The Pelikan Pelikano
Who says lefties can’t write with fountain pens? True, the typical upward, left-to-right handling of a leftie can distort a fountain pen’s fine lines, but Pelikan has solved that problem by creating one with this in mind. The ergonomic rubber grip promotes right finger placement and the stainless steel nib has a little ball at its tip to even out the ink flow and keeps the pen moving easily along. There’s even a Junior model to fit young writers’ left hands.
Best Gel: The Zebra Sarasa
Gel pens can take forever to dry, making them almost impossible or at least unpleasant for lefties to use, but not this one. The Zebra Sarasa’s Rapid Ink Technology literally dries in less than a second on all common writing surfaces, producing lines and penmanship that are smear-free and making it perfect for left-handed artists and writers alike.
The grip is made of soft rubber to provide a nice comfort level. The Dry Gel version comes with a binder clip and the retractable pens feature pocket clips. And the Zarasa is easy on the wallet.
Best Highlighter: The Uni Propus Window Q-Dry Double-Sided Highlighter
Uni comes to the rescue again with the perfect highlighter for left-handers. It, too, uses a specially formulated ink to dry quickly. The highlighter is actually double-sided, so you can use it to either mark copy or write your own. One side offers a wide highlighting tip and the other side is a fine tip. But the best part is the little window that allows you to see what you’re highlighting — even if you’re using your left hand. The five-pack includes five different colors.
Best for Wet Paper: The Uni-Ball Power Tank
We don’t all work at desks. Emergency room personnel, first responders, and those who typically work outdoors sometimes have to deal with paper issues, too. Uni-Ball makes sure that the lefties among them aren’t left out in the cold.
The Power-Tank writes well sideways and upside down, and it’s impervious to temperature. But it has one additional thing going for it — the way it handles on wet or greasy paper. Internal air pressure pushes the ink out. This is not only great in adverse conditions, but it’s pretty terrific for left-handed writers as well. Uni-Ball offers a few versions of the Power Tank, but the Standard model has a rubber grip that’s ideal for lefties and eases hand strain.
Best Ink: The Fisher Bullet Space Pen
OK, this one wasn’t technically designed for lefthanders, but its features make it a great left-handed pen and it does a lot of other really neat things as well. It was originally created for astronauts to use when they’re up, up and away and features a cartridge that’s pressurized with a little nitrogen gas, ensuring a constant downward flow of ink. The flow remains constant no matter how you move the pen across paper, even pushing it from left to right.
The ink is special, too, thick and almost gel-like when the pen isn’t being used. It morphs into something smooth as silk when you apply a little pressure to write with it. As the name suggests, the Bullet model is a little on the small side, but this doesn’t affect handleability. Oh, and since it was originally made for astronauts, it obviously works upside down and in zero gravity.