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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    Also to be honest I think the rocking motion is hard on the wrist. One of the reasons I keep rocking to a minimum.
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    I cannot figure out how people work all day wanking their wrists like that. A circular push-cutting motion gets me through several hours a day.

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    In the past 25 years I have seen quite a few knife designs.
    For some reason it is forever a temptation to most to over-complicate the simple.
    Knives, when it comes right down to it should cut and anything that get in the way of that just doesn't belong.
    I have seen knives so over-designed to do so many things(supposedly) that actual cutting is no longer the primary focus.
    The handle is important because it is the user interface, and it is a common place to over-design as well.
    The knife that was originally posted I can see no useful function for, it puts the hand in an awkward position for board cutting.
    You want an example of a good useful knife, take a look at the machete, simple clean lines and it does what it is supposed to-cut.
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    My wrist hurts just looking at that thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Nguyen View Post
    Can I ask what makes a wa handle so special? I've never been able to try one yet, and I've only been exposed to factory german type handles so far.

    What are the big differences when you're using them? I hear that a lot of people don't like blocky type handles, but the octagon shape is so popular.
    I find the westerns to confining, heavy and cumbersome. I'm all over the handle depending what I'm doing. From barely holding it with two fingers to jamming with the hammer grip. It gives me more freedom to do with the knife I want. I personally prefer D handles because of the extra control I get at my finger tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    I find the westerns to confining, heavy and cumbersome. I'm all over the handle depending what I'm doing. From barely holding it with two fingers to jamming with the hammer grip. It gives me more freedom to do with the knife I want...
    +1 As for the "knuckle-sandwich" design, I think that would be okay for people cutting on high countertops. Mine is a little high for me, let alone my wife so we have a part that was built lower that works well with a butcher block on it.

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