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Saw handle: modify or replace?

Hey folks. I have an old dovetail saw that I've finally got sharp enough to use (I ended up essentially recutting all the teeth). It cuts well, I like the size, and the handle is just too small. With my index finger along the back of the saw, I can comfortably get my middle and index fingers into the opening in the handle. Adding the little finger makes it pretty cramped.

So: What are your opinions? Should I make a new handle that actually fits me, and put the original in storage, or should I attack the one I have with rasps and hope there's enough material left to be usable when I'm done?
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Andy - I would make a new custom handle to fit your hand.

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Thanks. That's definitely the direction I'm leaning, but I figured I'd see if anyone could convince me otherwise.
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Make an open bottom handle like this .....

https://www.google.com/search?q=dove...PzKsKj-0NbTZM:

http://www.blackburntools.com/new-to...ood/index.html
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One of my other saws is the Veritas carcass saw, with the open handle. And you're right, I like the grip a lot better. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Hi

I would like to tell you that you should replace your saw with an old saw because it is more often and preferable to use a new one, after long usage of the same saw. However, in the end, it's your choice.
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Hey folks. I have an old dovetail saw that I've finally got sharp enough to use (I ended up essentially recutting all the teeth).
If the blade has been modified, why try to salvage the original handle? Depending on its shape, I think I'd attempt modifying the existing handle before investing in a new one ... one which may require additional work to fit the blade to it.

OOPS! Just noticed this thread is from 4 months ago! So what was the final decsion and subsequent result?

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Do you need any help?

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