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Forum topic by MrRon posted 05-14-2018 03:33 PM 669 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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05-14-2018 03:33 PM

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I have always been curious about how tools were invented and mainly by who. I find there are tools that favor left handed users and the opposite being true for right handed users. A circular saw “Skilsaw” for example seems to favor the LH user because the blade and cut line is visible while hidden to the RH user. Many other tools possess this characteristic. Many tools are readily used whether LH or RH. Are there any tools that you can think of that definitely favor one over the other? I’m thinking the inventor of a LH tool was indeed left handed and the opposite true of right handed inventors.


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#1 posted 05-14-2018 04:22 PM

Scissors usually have shaped handles that can only be held comfortably in one hand and the natural operation pushes the blades towards themselves for a clean cut. Tin snips usually have symmetrical shaped handles that look like they can be used equally well with either hand. However, a lefty will push the blades apart increasing the possibility of the tin folding over instead of cutting. A right handed person will get a better cut.

-- Steve

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#2 posted 05-14-2018 05:07 PM

Most saw DUST specialists have become at least partly ambidextrous! Due to the more comfortable hand being on the wrong arm to reach where they had to.

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#3 posted 05-14-2018 06:33 PM

That is when it comes in handy to be ambidextrous like me. Makes no difference what hand I use.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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#4 posted 05-14-2018 06:50 PM

Another example is the drill press. The handle is always on the right side which favors right’s. Some manufacturers have addressed this by allowing the handle to be located on the left side. Other tools that seem to favor one over the other are; lathes, band saws, radial arm saws, certain types of planes and even portable drills. The heavy duty drills that have an auxiliary handle that is located on the left side of he drill would indicate it was designed to favor the right handed user. I could probably go on and on, but I think I made my point that right handed inventors designed the tool for right handed use.

Another interesting thing I have observed is how people clap their hands. RH people clap with their RH on top while LH people clap with their LH on top.

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#5 posted 05-14-2018 07:17 PM

That is really weird. I’m right handed and I clap with my left hand on top…always have, never gave it a second thought, till now. I even eat steak with the knife in my left and fork in my right…but I’m right hand dominant.

-- Justin

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#6 posted 05-14-2018 07:28 PM


That is really weird. I m right handed and I clap with my left hand on top…always have, never gave it a second thought, till now. I even eat steak with the knife in my left and fork in my right…but I m right hand dominant.

- Kilo19


I hold the knife in my right hand when cutting steak. I am right handed. I believe there is the American way (knife in RH, fork in LH) and eat with LH and the British way (same as American way) but switching hands ; placing the knife on the table and eating with fork in the RH. At least that was the way I was taught back in the 40-50’s. Does it matter? Not really. habits are hard to break.

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#7 posted 05-14-2018 10:15 PM



That is when it comes in handy to be ambidextrous like me. Makes no difference what hand I use.

- Orvile Baker

Same here Orville.

Rick

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#8 posted 05-14-2018 11:13 PM

My chisels are all right-handed. So are my pencils and screwdrivers.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 05-14-2018 11:17 PM

My problem is I have two left feet. I just can’t seem to find a good pair of dancing shoes.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#10 posted 05-15-2018 01:37 AM



My chisels are all right-handed. So are my pencils and screwdrivers.

- Rich

I have oddball set, 1/4 and 3/8 are lefty , 1/2 and 3/4 are righty and the one inch is either way.

LOL

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