Originally Posted by lefty
Ever chop anything with a fibreglass handle? After 2 hours your hands will be trembling from the shock. And once it breaks in the woods, you're shit out of luck. lefty
This is true. I spent a lot of time with two-handed sledges and the glass handles don't dampen anything at all like hickory does.
Originally Posted by Pezzaturra
I never chopped anything for two hours, but I played 4+hours tennis matches with fiberglass rackets and I lived to tell the story.
Well, that's not really at all similar, as a matter of fact it's a really poor analogy -- the collision of the ball and the webbing is designed to be a highly elastic collision, i.e, energy goes into the ball and the ball returns. The collision of an axe head with a log is meant to be completely INelastic, so that all the energy of the head goes into the thing you are striking -- and this is where the glass handles do not shine. The shock from the impact goes up and down the handle, echoing like mad and the main mechanism for damping it out is your arms absorbing it. ~ H