No, we don't all share the same star sign. No, we don't all have to shave our legs with a chainsaw (although two of us might).
We are all left-handers.
One of the concerns I had before buying my first fountain pen was whether I was actually going to be able to write with it. Would my hand trail through the ink, leaving a smudgy illegible mess on the paper?
Some lefties write with a 'hook' that would make a pirate proud. Here's CNN footage of a famous 'hooker'. No, not the one with Hugh Grant.
Will a left-handed NIB be the very thing to rescue my new inky habit from the rocks of illegibility?
I've already got THREE Lamy pens - An Al-Star in gorgeous Pacific, a Safari in Petrol and a see-through Vista so I decided to be sensible and order a left-handed nib and simply swap one out on my existing pens.
How very sensible of me!
I bought the left-handed nib from Bureau Direct and selected the 'black' option to help me identify it amongst my ever-growing collection of pens.
Hmmmmm - never changed a nib before.
How hard can it be? *remembers saying this before some cataclysmic gaffes*
I guess that you SHOULD empty your pen and prepare properly, but I simply grabbed the sides of the existing steel nib on my Lamy and pulled with hardly any effort and the nib slipped right off. I placed the black LH nib on the feed and pushed back into place and lo! it slid on smoothly.
Using my little Rhodia journal, I wrote a sentence with the Lamy with the LH nib and one with another Lamy with a Fine nib. Was there any difference? I think that it was marginally less scratchy-feeling on the paper, but only because I was really concentrating on the experience. The Lamy with the ordinary F nib also wrote like a dream.
If I was to do it blind-fold, I probably wouldn't be able to tell you which pen I was writing with, from the difference the nib made.
|Why yes, I've got a cardboard Tom Hiddleston. You've no idea how useful he is :D|
Dear leftie brethern and sistern, no, you don't need to buy a left-handed nib in your fountain pen, BUT if you were buying a Lamy as a present for a friend whom you know is left-handed, it is a really thoughtful option to order your gift with a left-handed nib.
Be the friend that CARES that little bit extra :D
*** EDIT *** We are now three months down the line and I've been using my Lamy with the left-handed nib more and more. It DOES make a difference having a lh nib when you are using your pen a great deal. I'll be buying more for my other Lamy pens!