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Nov 15, 2013 06:57 AM

Chunky handle rant.

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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  1. Can you give an example? Pans, spatulas?

    1. 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

        I assume the reference is to items like this:

        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

          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. 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.

        1. 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

            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

              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. 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.