In Feb I picked up a dozen Jorgensen 6" f-clamps that all had the new plastic/rubber grips, ace hardware had them for 5.00 each. Since then I’ve picked up 3 of the heavy duty f-clamps as well. This has given me several opportunities to use them alongside their older, wood handled brethren.
Despite the wood worker in me railing against the loss of solid maple handles I like them better. They are bigger around making them a better fit in the hand. With either the regular or heavy duty clamps I tend to judge clamp pressure based on if the bar starts to curve. I don’t have to put a lot of effort into tightening to that point with either handle but I find with the wood handles it is tough to loosen the next day. I don’t know if it is from expansion at the glue line or the threads binding from sitting. Either way the wood handled versions can be a real struggle while the new handles aren’t. Between the thicker diameter and the pattern to them they are easy to unscrew, where my hand would slip before now it grips. The material also seems tough enough to withstand the test of time. As a result I think the Jorgensen f-clamps will remain the only ones I buy moving forward, tough the old HF versions will still stay in rotation.