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The 20 Worst Products for Left-Handed People

Lefties learn pretty early in life that they have to conform to using products designed for righties, but these are the worst!

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Spiral Notebooks

The bane of every lefties’ existence growing up in grade school, the old spiral notebook has rarely been a friend to a left-handed person. If you’ve got school-aged kids, now’s the time to start getting the house organized. Here’s what to do.

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Scissors

Scissors were also a traumatic experience for young lefties, the engraved letters spelling out “lefty” meant a branding of a different sort for a youngster. Find out how a pair of scissors can help you open a bottle of beer when you don’t have an opener.

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Tape Measure

Measuring tapes can be hard to read for lefties but there are left-handed measuring tapes available, which is one of the few left-handed tools around. See how to retrieve a tool by making a magnetized tool measure.

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Ballpoint Pens

Since most people write left to right on a piece of paper, the ink from a ballpoint pen can wreak havoc for a lefty, leaving a smeared mess of scribbles on the page. Need a place to store some cash? A pen might be a good option.

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Chainsaws

Chainsaws are designed for righties and most people suggest that lefties use a chainsaw like a right-hander. And it appears there aren’t any left-handed chainsaws. Be sure to follow the top 10 chainsaw tips.

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Can Openers

You can’t really turn a can opener upside down and expect it to work, so lefties are left to their own devices when it comes to opening cans. Either get a left-handed can opener or find a righty. Check out a crazy way you can speed up food prep with power tools.

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Keyboards

With the number pad on the right-hand side entering numbers means either using your right hand, moving the keyboard over to your left hand or trying to use the row of numbers at the top of the keyboard. If your wrists need a resting spot in front of the keyboard, try out this awesome hack or discover clever ways to clean a keyboard.

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Circular Saws

Left-handed models exist but there are nuisances if a lefty uses a right-handed model, like more sawdust in their field of vision and increased risk of kickback damage. Check out our tips on how to use a circular saw.

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Knives

Knives are serrated for right-handed people and makes it a pain for lefties because they are serrated on the wrong side for lefties. Try these tricks to keep knives and other objects sharp.

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Computer mouse

Left-handed computer mouses are out there but showing up to the first day of work can be interesting. It is possible to switch the function of a mouse so it works for a lefty, too. Check out a good prank you can play on a co-worker with their computer mouse. 

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Measuring Cups

All the measurements are visible for right-handers so lefties are stuck looking at metric volume levels of things instead of what the recipe calls for. Here’s how to organize your measuring cups to make things easier in the kitchen.

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Drills

Like a lot of things for lefties and especially tools, sometimes there’s no way around it and you have to use your right hand for things, like a drill press. It might be a little awkward but it’s the way it has to be. Check out a deluxe drill press table you can build.

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Corkscrew

Turning a corkscrew clockwise seems natural for righties, but it’s an awkward movement for lefties. Sometimes lefties will hold the corkscrew and turn the bottle to open wine. Lefties can try a corkscrew that moves counterclockwise or if no corkscrew is found, try one of these 10 ways to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew.

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Pocket Knife

Pocket knives are a bit cumbersome for lefties because of the way they’re designed, but some manufacturers make left-handed folding knives. These are some pocket tools that might just save the day for you.

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Rulers

Just like a tape measure, a ruler can be equally frustrating for a lefty. Left handers like to draw lines from left to right but rulers usually begin with zero on the left. Everyone will want to know these hand measuring hacks in the shop.

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Peelers

When lefties use a peeler in the kitchen they have to peel away from them to make it work and it creates a mess. That’s why they need a peeler designed for them.

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Garden Tools

Lefties definitely need their own kind of pruning shears in the garden and also a hoe and a weeder need to be left-handed for lefties. It’s tough to find left-handed tools. Check out the best way to store garden tools so you don’t have a mess on your hands.

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Car Cup Holder

Reaching for a beverage across your body in the car isn’t ideal for a lefty when there’s a center console. Check out these 11 tips to keep your car clean and prevent any gunk from building up because of repetitive spills.

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Credit Card Machine Cords

When they’re placed on the right-hand side of the machine it makes it tough to start a signature for a lefty, especially if the cord is short. See why having an old credit card around in the workshop is a good idea.

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Miter Saws

Miter saws are kind of tricky for lefties because the trigger is always on the right-hand side. Take a peek at these 36 miter saw tips and reviews.

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