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Left-handed John Watson


I've seen it mentioned in half-a-dozen fics how John Watson must have or would have been forced to use his right hand at school.

No. He wouldn't. Not in England and at his age. (I know this was different in many parts of the US.)

My mother is left-handed and even in the 1950s in this country, if you were left-handed you just got on with it. Dip pens, fountain pens and cartridge pens are not easily managed in the left hand, so many left-handers developed a peculiar hooked style of holding the pen, but they still write with their left hands. (Hooked nibs came in the 1960s to make things easier.)

By the 1980s there would have been no problem and (if my left-handed younger brother's experiences are a guide) John Watson would probably have been allowed to use a roller ball rather than a nibbed pen, even if the school policy was for fountain pens.

ETA: However, when my Dad was in the Army (in the 1950s) everyone learned to shoot right-handed. I'm not sure if that is still the case, but Martin/John certainly *shoots* right-handed, even though he writes left-handed.

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