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"Is there such a thing as a left-handed pencil? The only difference between a left-handed pencil and a right-handed pencil is the orientation of the printing. On a right-handed pencil (standard) the imprint reads from the point to the eraser end of the pencil."
While this does not directly answer the question, it does indicate that at least one manufacturer recognizes the existence of left-handed pencils. Also, in a reprint of a Dixon Ticonderoga advertisement is depicted a left-handed Ticonderoga pencil - though I have never seen one.
Can anyone out there in the industry shed more light on this subject? - DM
Janis Barlow says her company, High Voltage PrintWorks, imprints left-handed pencils upon request.
"... One of the major problems in our hobby is control of mealy bugs on our plants. One of our subscribers was told by a friend that to eliminate mealy bugs on plants he should buy an 'unpainted' pencil, insert it into the soil in the pot and the bugs would be eradicated.
He did that. Every bug was destroyed."
The above story is not true!!! I have learned that the Fisher Pen Company developed the Space Pen on its own initiative using its own funds. Until 1968, both Americans and Russians used only pencils, but since then have used the Fisher Space Pen. Read the whole story....