In considering a new handle for the saw I wanted to experiment with making the handle more 3-dimensional. Typically the handle is cut from a 3/4" blank and all the detail is in the outline and the hand-hole. The sides are flat. As you can see from the photo I started with a much thicker blank. A 1.5" piece of old, vertical-grain Doug fir.
And just like that, here's the finished product compared to the old handle. The form is roughly similar, but I added more curve to reveal more of the hidden shape of the blade.
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These three photos show the top, bottom and three-quarter views and give a good idea of the amount of relief that was generated.
The blade was a rusty old thing that polished up reasonably well. One of a couple of broken teeth is visible in the bottom photo. I don't really need another hand saw, but I may have it re-toothed for the shear pleasure of using it.