As a lefty at age 17 I gave up on fountain pens settling for ball point and typewriter. I still smeared Ballpoint ink as in those days 60 years ago it was still an oily, globby ink in the refill that took, well, sometime weeks to dry.
Now 60 years later I have been using fountain pens again, starting on my 76th Birthday. Using them in the past year I have asked myself and others the same type fo questions as we see above -- and thanks to members here and the net -- I have some answers. (BTW, Honeybadgers has been of a great and wonderful help.)
The comfort of the pen, except for those with finger-grooved for right handers sections, has had little to do with my writing. The choice of nib has been essential for me -- and my desire to find a flex that I can afford that will consistently work AND be in my very small budget goes only partially fulfilled, but again, thanks to Honeybadgers I am much closer than when I started. What is needed is developing not just writing skill, but adjustment and modification skill to apply those things you can learn of why and how a modern fountain pen works and is engineered.
Not that, for a lefty every pen must be a Frankenpen, but recognizing where specific modifications such as nib smoothing and working with the feed may apply. Sometimes these are as important as hand position and speed.
I do not believe that ANY fountain pen can come out of the box (new) and work for a lefty without some work.
The other thing this past year has taught me is to SLOW DOWN -- approach each letter with concentration until complete muscle memory for shape, angle, speed and pressure work for you with the specific pen you choose and have tuned to your liking.
I am an underwriter -- sometimes slogan to side writing when trying to cram stuff on a page -- but realize that ink takes drying time. So wet writing and broad nibs give me problems -- and finding smooth fine nibs in inexpensive pens is arduous. I probably will still be working on getting a good flex nib and style upon my death -- finally curling head down on my writing desk -- Frankenpen in hand filled with Noodler's X Feather black.
Edited by Chmara, 05 October 2018 - 00:52.