Monday, April 15th, 2013

Rhodia for Lefties – Any suggestions?


Rhodia Webbie

While Kevin McFadden sees the pairing of his Lamy Studio fountain pen and a Rhodia Webbie as a match made in heaven, he is asking if there are any better options for lefties. One of his New Year resolutions was to transform what he refers to as his “historically terrible handwriting” (which I don’t think is bad at all) into something more legible and easier to read.

My thoughts on the subject:

1. Try a Quo Vadis Habana. The Habana is different than the Webbie in that it has a somewhat flexible cover and will open/lie a little bit flatter than a Webbie. On the flip side, the Habana does not come in a dotGrid format and the three available sizes are not the same as what is available in the Webbie. The paper is 85g versus 90g in the Webbie. (You can peruse the entire Exaclair catalog here.

2. Use a dotWebbie… Whoops. You’re already doing that. Okay then, how about using a separate 6×8″ dotPad to specifically to work on your handwriting?

3. Try working on some simple breathing exercises – something along the lines of “Breathing in…two…three…breathing out…two… three” (in through the nose, out through the mouth) Being mindful of one’s breath can help the mind to be fully relaxed and present while slowly and deliberately writing out the words to a favorite quote. (Try keeping a tablet or notebook solely for this purpose.) 

To our lefty readers- or to anyone who has worked to improve their handwriting. Any additional suggestions for Kevin?

Image above courtesy of Kevin.

8 thoughts on “Rhodia for Lefties – Any suggestions?

  1. I think his handwriting looks nice already!

    One thing I’ve noticed with a lot of left-handed people is that they “hook” their hand (which leads to smudges etc). If you hold your pen like a traditional right-handed hold, you won’t run your hands over your words and smudge them. I’m left-handed and I’ve never had a problem with this.

    I’ve experimented with left-handed nibs before, but they just seem to be a waste of time. I think you just need a good pen that will adjust to the fact left-handed people have to push rather than pull the nib across the page.

    I have no notebook advice, as I use a dot Webbie without problems! When I’m having a lazy day, I flip the notebook on its side so that the spine is at the top. Then there are no problems!

  2. From our friend Ann, an Industrial Designer, currently specialising in Leftie issues.

    1. Design a set of Rhodia notebooks specifically for Lefties that open from what we normally call the back.( the Rhodia title would be on the back)

    2. Tipping the paper –or journal page—to the RIGHT. Its amazing how much easier this for leftie writing—-and improves legibility.

    3. Setting up the lines on the paper to encourage the above

    4. Numbering from back to front.

  3. No offends to the author of this post but I don’t think using a different webbie size or anything is going to change your writing and neither will drawing in a deep breath. Good writing comes from practice and nothing else. There are many ways to improve it, google IAMPETH website on proper writing positions and shapes n writing alphabets you can practice. My two cents.

  4. I did a post awhile back on improving handwriting with a special emphasis on the issues for left-handed writers that might help:

    As a lefty and someone who is surrounded by the most talented calligraphers in the world, my word of advice would be to slow down when you write to make it more legible.

    As for which notebook would be best for a lefty, it all comes down to preference. Top-bound is great for underwriters. Wirebound is more comfortable for some. And other options are to start at the back of the book, use the left hand page or rotate the book to use whichever angle is most comfortable like Brian S suggested.

  5. No suggestions, but I need all kinds of help living in a world that persecutes the largest minority in the world!

  6. As a leftie with truly bad handwriting that is getting worse with age (and I agree, your writing is nice), I have practiced changing from being a finger writer to a arm writer, not moving my fingers but letting my arm take care of the motion. Somedays this works much better for me, and is more in keeping with using a fountain pen.

  7. Some people are cross-dominant. In other words, they have a dominant hand on one side, and a dominant eye on the other. I’m a leftie that has a dominant right eye. Once I knew this, I moved my writing surface around to find the best placement for seeing it with my dominant eye. It seems to help.

  8. While I am not a lefty, something struck me… Have they tried turning the notebook sideways? It’s a dot grid so there is no ruling and it provides a bit more real estate to write.

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