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Mark Atwood
Cool Tool, for any lefies out there...

SmudgeGuard. Mess-free handwriting/drawing for lefties & artists.

My son is left-handed and kept getting the side of his hand dirty from unwanted graphite and ink smudges in school, so we ordered him a SmudgeGuard. The glove, which covers his pinky, is made of nylon and spandex, so it fits snug to his hand and glides easily over the paper when he's writing fast. Usually, when my son writes, his hand will start to perspire. The SmudgeGuard stays dry making it less likely to re-smudge the paper. Because it's only protecting the areas most prone to smudges and because the material is thin, he can also type on a keyboard or do other things while wearing it.

You could certainly take a normal glove and cut the fingers off, but if you used cotton gloves, it wouldn't glide over paper as well. Also, this guard doesn't look homemade or tacky. If my son wore a cut-up glove to school, I'd imagine his classmates would definitely tease him (he's in second grade)! With the SmudgeGuard, my son has not experienced any teasing from his classmates at all. In fact, the kids were very curious about it, which actually made him popular for the day because none of them had ever seen anything like it before.

Now the teacher doesn't have to ask him to redo his homework or tell him to erase the smudges and smears. And no more poor posture (my son used to twist his hand and body in a weird way to avoid smudges). He says it's very comfortable to wear.

-- Tat Man Woo

SmudgeGuard (sizes xxs - l)
Available from and manufactured by SmudgeGuard.

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sebab From: sebab Date: March 27th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, that's cool.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: March 28th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. That would have been really cool before I spent 20 years drilling hand posture into myself to keep me from dragging my hand across the page. :P
zsero From: zsero Date: March 31st, 2007 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)


Also for right-handers when writing Hebrew. I no longer need it, because I've trained my hand to stay above the paper, but I'd have liked this when I was younger. Maybe the company should try marketing it to Jewish and Arabic schools.
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