I was cruising the local big box recently and noticed that handsaw handles are going through a change. It used to be that any handsaw you picked up had a crafted wood handle decorated with carved or painted scrollwork. Times have changed. The majority of the saws lining the shelves today have rubber-coated handles – and I’m not sure this is a bad thing.
While I definitely like the scrollwork on the older saws, when it’s time to do the job I find myself reaching for the rubber-coated newbie. It’s more comfortable and less likely to leave blisters on my palms than a wooden handle, and seems to offer a better grip for sweaty hands.
So are the rubber-coated handles the hot new face of handsaw construction, or just a passing fad? Let us know what you think in comments.