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Discussion: Left hand compass

in: Thompas; Thompas > 2018-04-30

May 3, 2018 6:35 AM # 
Why were you using a left handed compass? You're right hand dominant...
May 3, 2018 12:11 PM # 
Want to clarify first, on which hand does the right handed compass go?

I'm not sure if it's right hand because it has the word right hand in it or left hand because you're punching with your dominant hand.

I switched from having the compass on my left hand to having it on my right hand as an experiment and found that I was more comfortable with the compass on my right hand. If this is wrong, maybe it's just another case of the fork and the knife.
May 3, 2018 12:27 PM # 
I’m right handed and have my compass in my left hand... that’s pretty normal I think.
May 3, 2018 12:43 PM # 
I am technically left-hand, but got switched at an early age, but many things are still more comfortable as a lefty. My compasses are left-handed, thus for use with right hand. So we have both kinds, and Thomas was thus able to compare, and apparently likes being a lefty on this one.
May 3, 2018 2:25 PM # 
Meaning holding his map & compass in his right hand, and SI-card in his left?
May 3, 2018 3:22 PM # 
May 7, 2018 9:14 PM # 
So, as a standard convention, we should think of a "left-handed compass" as one used by a left-handed person, rather than one worn on the left hand...
May 9, 2018 9:55 PM # 
I don't know, I read my map with my left hand, and I'm left handed. Seems like there's no hard truth to this.
May 9, 2018 10:16 PM # 
I'm right-handed but hold my map & compass in my left hand -- SI on my right index finger.
May 9, 2018 10:49 PM # 
The thumb compass was developed before the electronic punching, and one needed quite a bit of strength and dexterity to punch a card with the manual punches. One thus needed the strong hand for punching and the other hand for map and thumb compass. I think that just translated into the future handling/naming of right-handed versus left-handed. But for the kids that pretty much grew up with electronic punching, they might as well get started using whatever hand they feel more comfortable for holding the map and compass.
Kind of like the old QWERTY setup of keyboards to this date, out of habit and not to confuse us old folks..... it would make much more sense to teach kids the alphabet arranged on the keyboard in alphabetical order.....
May 10, 2018 12:48 AM # 
Pin-punching was usually a two-handed operation for me -- particularly when the punch was hung on a string, vs attached to a stand. I suspect I carried the map in my left hand to leave my stronger arm free to push branches out of the way, and protect myself if I tripped.

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