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Chunky handle rant.

MrsJonesey Nov 15, 2013 06:57 AM

Am I the only one who doesn't want chunky handles on all my kitchen utensils? I am hoping this is a trend that will soon go away. I suppose they may be better for arthritic hands, but I don't have unlimited storage space.

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    mwhitmore Nov 15, 2013 07:16 AM

    Can you give an example? Pans, spatulas?

    1. Chemicalkinetics Nov 15, 2013 07:22 AM

      Yeah, can you give us an example? I don't slightly big handle, but I don't want excessively fat handle. Also, are you only referring to utensils or cookware handle as well?


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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        mikie Nov 15, 2013 07:38 AM

        I assume the reference is to items like this: http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Cook...

        They take up a lot of space, but are supposed to be more ergonomic so that you don't develop arthritic hands in the first place.

        1. re: mikie
          Chemicalkinetics Nov 15, 2013 07:44 AM

          In that case, I assume most of Oxo utensils are under this definition then. Thanks.



          In that case, I am probably fine with this trend. There are plenty non-chubby utensils when I look around:



      2. sandiasingh Nov 15, 2013 08:04 AM

        I'm not clear either on exactly what you mean, but I can't "handle" the stainless cooking tools that come primarily from a restaurant supply store. They are usually wide and the edges of the handle can be kind of sharp. Granted, these are not gourmet items, they are made for all kinds of restaurants from fast food and up, but still. They are very uncomfortable to use.

        Sometimes the handle on a wooden spoon is too wide as well. I have somewhat small hands, so it can be a problem.

        I don't have any cookware with big chunky handles except a few 40 year old pieces of LeCruse, but I soldier on for the sheer pleasure of using those beauties.

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          MrsJonesey Nov 15, 2013 04:45 PM

          Sorry for the confusion. Guess I should have said tools like spatulas and peelers. It's all about drawer space.

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          1. re: MrsJonesey
            breadchick Nov 15, 2013 05:03 PM

            I have limited space too, but love some of the OXO stuff. I found that putting utensils in an alternating head/toe configuration saves a lot of space.

            Also, I bought those white wire shelf thingies for my spices and other shelf stable stuff and hung them on the inside of my pantry door. Those shelves can support S-hooks strung along the front of them, I was able to hang some of my restaurant utensils. (Spider, large ladles, pasta scoop, skimmer, etc.) That is such a space saver. I even hang my spatter guard.

            Hope this helps.

            1. re: breadchick
              MrsJonesey Nov 16, 2013 07:22 AM

              I do the alternating head/toe configuration thing too and yes, it does help. My "pantry" is a converted closet with sliding doors so I can't hang anything on the inside of the doors, but I really appreciate you trying to help.

          2. tim irvine Nov 15, 2013 05:37 PM

            I agree with you, but I like very traditional tools because of their aesthetic and because I find them more reliable. My one exception might be those little cheap tab style vegetable peelers. I love them.

            1. DuffyH Nov 16, 2013 07:37 AM

              For me, it depends on the tool and the amount of torque or pressure needed to use it in most applications. Some examples:

              Spatula, brush, fork - narrow is fine
              can opener, peeler - fatter is better
              spoon - mid-size or fat

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