The Hermes handle was designed for Japanese saw blades that have a different tooth geometry. Unlike European trigger saws, Japanese saws require movement towards the user rather than away from them. Traditional Japanese handles are long, straight sticks that must be held onto further from the blade, increasing sawing speed but greatly reducing blade control. Therefore, precise sewing with such a tool requires lengthy training.
The aim of this project was to find new handle ergonomics that would retain the advantages of the Japanese saw while facilitating the process of mastering the tool.