The handle of the knife handle is one of the fundamental elements beyond the aesthetic aspect of the handle itself.
In addition to the type of material that characterizes itall forms must respect the ergonomics of the hand to allow safe use.
The forms are not only linked to the imagination of the maker but also to fundamental rules of hand ergonomics.
Even the size of the handle is to be considered based on the size of the knife and its use, these are aspects that I often repeat on the blog and I will continue to do so because if you are on this blog you want to do things well and therefore it makes no sense not to dedicate space and hours of work to the part that you will hold with your hand beyond the blade.
Using knives a lot even for short knife fencing clearly you understand how the handle becomes a fundamental element during the practice and the fencing phase and that is why I am very demanding on this aspect.
Even trying some exercises to the tires, if you do it with your real knife only with the protections and under the supervision of an expert you immediately notice the limits of many knives on the handle, with the risk of injuring yourself, losing the blade, having a blade that is unreliable and efficient in certain contexts.
It is no coincidence that the handles are often customized to use them by replacing the material, or creating textures or wrapping them in the grips used for tennis rackets to increase their grip.
Now tell you how many knives have the shaped handle for purely aesthetic reasons or how many are made considering the ergonomics of the hand becomes a statistical research.
Surely you see many knives already by eye without holding them or measuring them that you already understand that they have no logic, and holding them this perception becomes tactile confirming to hold an uncomfortable handle.
Surely when you hold a knife “thought” the difference is immediately perceived.
To simplify it, let’s say that some makers tend to do something artistic and therefore prefer the shape from an aesthetic point of view, such as the choice of beautiful materials but not really suitable for a tool to be used.
Other makers give more importance to a good grip based on experience and you have models made, or still others, build the handle according to the type of use of the knife respect the ergonomic rules of the hand and clearly always to the experience.
Now in addition to the shape, as I told you also the materials can greatly change the grip and therefore improve the grip of the knife in use but surely what I can tell you is that some dimensions, shapes and shapes greatly improve the grip of the knife because they respect the ergonomics of the hand.
Also in this case the choice of the shape is very tied to the destination of the knife:
The size of the knife handle
The measures I recommend are the following:
- 115 mm minimum on small knives from 21-23 cm
- 125 on larger 30 cm knives
Indicatively you can use these reference dimensions but if you are looking on the internet then find the sizes of the knives you like and make a personal analysis but with these you are not wrong.
Ps. It can also be useful and interesting to measure the hand of the user if you make a custom.
The three-dimensional shaping
The profiles that I have inserted as an example are clearly in view, but the knife is three-dimensional and therefore must be rounded or shaped appropriately to make it as ergonomic as possible.
It is very common to see especially on valuable or large knives of the reductions of the knife section in certain points to make it more ergonomic and balanced in the hand.
The shape of the handle of the knife must be thought of very well, both as a shape and as a choice of material.
Clearly the use of the knife and its intended use better orient the maker in choosing the right material and the best shape of the handle even if this means penalizing the aesthetics of the knife a little.
Today the great variety of materials allows us to “play” really, managing to give both an aesthetic value and knife performance.
A very elaborate handle also means many more hours of processing that go to affect the knife cost.
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