"That's great! But no good for me
- I've adapted!"
If that is what you thought when you first saw this web site, then you're
not alone! Many of our most loyal customers thought exactly that the first
time they heard about us. Let me explain why that is not the case.
When left-handers first see our London shop, they are always intrigued, but
their first reaction is commonly "it is interesting, but not relevant to me, because
I have adapted to right-handed things." They are often reluctant at first to try
the left-handed scissors, peelers pens etc. we have on display, almost as if they
might make a fool of themselves if they aren't able to use them properly - as
if there was some trick to using them that, having used right-handed things all
their lives, they don't have.
The truth is that there is no trick to using properly designed left-handed
items - they just work with far less effort and far more comfort. The main
thing customers have to adjust to is relaxing their hand more, as right handed
corkscrews, scissors, bread knives etc, require us to tense our handhold on them
much more, to try and force them in to action!
standard bread knife is serrated on the wrong side for left-hand cutting and curves
off to the right, making thick uneven wedges.
A left-handed bread
knife is serrated on the right side of the blade for controlled, even cutting
with the left hand
Ironically, it is often the right-handers in a group, (who we always encourage
to try the products as well), who are amazed at how awkward it is using back-to-front
designed items, and urge their left-handed friend to "treat yourself to a decent
pair" with exclamations of "oh, I never realised ….. Now I can see why you
look so awkward using the one at home!"
There's no need to compromise
What our left-handed visitors realise through using our products, is that they
have not actually been adapting, but compromising in hundreds of small ways
in their daily lives. They are surprised to find that within a few short minutes
of using a left-handed tool they have easily adjusted their style of use, and
drop the sometimes awkward manner we unconsciously adopt to make the right-handed
It is no surprise that the most common comment left-handers get is that they
are "awkward" and "clumsy" at some tasks - we do look that way, but it is because
the tools we have to use are back to front!
Pouring from a standard milk pan
is awkward & dangerous
We are delighted to be able to provide proper tools for left-handers, and take
a lot of care to ensure they are good quality and well designed so that they will
give you years of service. The gratitude and goodwill we get from our customers
is tremendous, and seeing the transition from scepticism to surprise to delight
on a new customers face is always hugely rewarding.
Bad habits develop trying to make right-handed scissors work
in the left hand. Cutting the shape out anti-clockwise to try and peer over the
top blade (which covers the cutting line) is very common and awkward. The paper
catches and tears instead of cutting as the scissors are not straight and the
blades are being pushed apart.
Truly left-handed scissors have the blades reversed, so the
cutting line is not obscured and you don't need to squeeze the blades to make
them cut. The correct, clockwise direction for cutting round the shape means you
can relax the hand and wrist and see the cutting line easily.
We know our products will make your life easier - the challenge
is in getting you to try them so you know it too! Right-handers
always assume that every left-handed person knows about and craves
left-handed tools but that is not the case - where in the High
Street will you see left-hand and right-hand versions of equipment
side by side for you to compare which one feels best for you?
Nowhere, because manufacturers won't spend out to accommodate
left-handers. Thus, the majority of left-handers are not aware that
the tools they use feel more comfortable and work easier when their
right-handed friends use them - or that the bread knife is
responsible if you can't cut straight slices, not your own
Take our no-risk challenge
Now you have found our web site, you are one of the small but growing number
of left-handers who know this and you are only a few steps away from owning proper
tools that are designed just for you. We challenge you to try any of our products
and not see a real difference that you are delighted with.
There is no risk involved, because we offer a full no-reason-needed
refund on price and postage of everything you want to try out. Just give us the
chance to prove it, and we are confident we can make the little things a whole
lot easier than you realised.
Go on - give it a try!
We hope you enjoy our site and our products and if you have any comments we
would love to hear from you.
Keith and Lauren Milsom
Useful links to get you going with our site:
Home - where you can see all our product categories
down the left side
Ordering information - delivery, security, privacy,
guarantee, payment and a whole lot more
Why is it left-handed? Explains what makes the
left-handed version of our products different - and easier!
Community page - an overview of all the great information
available on the site