|Forum topic by Johnnyblot||posted 04-26-2012 01:44 PM||2342 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
04-26-2012 01:44 PM
It is about PLASTIC handles on tools, specifically Hand Saws & Planes. First of all before anyone calls the Woodworking Police let me state my preferences here. When it comes to Plane or Saw handles it almost certainly has to be wood, it does not have to be particularly exotic, just well shaped and finished- like this from Karl Holtey for instance-
Now saw handles- I have recently myself been engrossed in the most wondrous attributes of saws and their handles. I feel I’m amongst the many that appreciate a well formed grip with sexy horns and tongues, [yes I’m that sad]. I’ve even been known to ‘Rage Against the Machine’ and the ‘accountant’ designed handles of the 60’s and 70’s that have spoiled our beloved saw-makers.
But- [you knew there was a but] I grew up in the 60’s and my formative years of the 70’s and in those days you would not dream of buying anything with a wooden handle! It had to be plastic! Come to think of it the first chisel I ever held had a plastic handle.
This was the Space Age- The Americans were putting men in space and on the moon every other month [or so it seemed] there was nothing that couldn’t be achieved. And the colours of all those plastics, the brighter the better. The Yellow of Stanley Tools is a good example.
-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit