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Which Style of handle is your favorite?

Smooth tapered steel Round
2 (8%)
Soft grip
3 (12%)
Knurled steel
9 (36%)
Hard plastic handle
5 (20%)
Tapered contour grip style
4 (16%)
Flat steel. ie Armstrong
2 (8%)

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Offline rusty

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Favorite handle type
« on: February 06, 2010, 10:05:03 PM »
Simple one what is your preferred handle design on ratchets?

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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010, 11:48:43 PM »
I like metal handles. Wright contour and SO are my favorite. I like some knurled handles like the older MAC and 1/4 drive Par-X quite a bit also.
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010, 12:22:53 AM »
I really hate that flat Armstrong handle.  I voted for soft grip - ideally it would be bi-material with hard plastic and something soft, but not so soft that it cuts easily or wears out too fast

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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2010, 12:49:54 AM »
i am down for  hard plastic. i love the feel of my proto big dawgs. i do have one sk with the green tapered plastic handle. it is ok but i  realy never liked it better than the knurled ones. i will have to put the sk knurled handle as a very close second.   :cat:
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2010, 08:21:36 AM »
I prefer the flat handle like old Plombs and Proto.
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010, 08:54:24 AM »
Its a tough choice ,since I've them all and use them all
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010, 12:51:32 PM »
Papaw those are the ones I was thinking of. But I blanked on who made them. So I used Armstrong as a similier example.

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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2010, 04:31:38 PM »
Knurled metal handle -- my favorite

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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2010, 07:43:16 PM »
Knurled for me!

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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2010, 05:49:21 PM »
Hard handles are my favorites, although I have and regularly use ratchets of all handle styles.
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2010, 11:06:10 AM »
Knurled metal are my preference.  I'm starting to really like the contour on Cornwell ratchets.  Then again theres the Wright tootsie roll handle.. ah heck, there could be poison ivy on a handle and I'd still use it...

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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2010, 10:38:20 PM »
Just a comment on knurled handles... the ones I like the most are the ones with slightly worn knurls.  The ones I like the least have fresh sharp knurls.

Anybody else ever noticed the difference in feel?

What's your preference, fresh sharp knurls or worn slightly smooth knurls?

And Rusty: I love that MAC hard handle of yours, it's got some serious mileage on it... looks comfortable!
« Last Edit: June 02, 2010, 10:44:57 PM by lauver »
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2010, 10:51:51 PM »
Lauver a couple of my friends swear it is worn to fit me only. Bad part is all the other 1/2 inch ratchets I have and that is still the one I grab.

I know what you mean with the sharp knurling. I've scraped skin off with new ratchets before.
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2010, 02:15:39 AM »
Par-X/BP UR7 1/4 ratchets and the S·K 1/4 flex head have a really nice knurl. They are flat at the surface , not pointy. Others have that as well but off the top I can't think of what they are.
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Re: Favorite handle type
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2010, 07:34:23 PM »
JAFE,

I don't have either of those two ratchets, but I do have an S-K 1/4 drive with standard handle and it has a comfortable knurl.  I also have an S-K 1/2" drive with a sharp knurl.

Do you have any old New Britain (or Sparta, Napa, Matco, Champion brands made by NB) ratchets?  As a group, they seem to have a uniformly comfortable knurl, almost like they created the knurl specifically to be comfortable.  Just an observation on my part...
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