|Dec28-12, 07:38 PM||#18|
S shape handle?
I can't cite a source, but I believe the superfluous curves were generally just for aesthetics. However, I would not be surprised if some were believed to add mechanical advantage.
Examples of artistic design can be found on many antique machines and tools. You must remember that they were created by true craftsmen, who often added embellishments as a "signature", or to otherwise demonstrate their expertise.
|Dec31-12, 10:25 PM||#20|
Contrast that with the 19th century of assembled straight wooden spokes for carriage wheels.
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