A tool with a poorly designed grip can leave you with aching muscles and tendons, or even blisters, if it doesn’t fit well in your hand. For repetitive-motion tasks, such as scraping paint from a fence or taping a room's worth of drywall joints, “look for a well-formed, cushioned grip that will absorb some of the motion or impact,” Talbot suggests.
Ergonomic handles and comfort grips allow you to complete your task without discomfort. Before buying, hold the tool in your hand as you would if you were using it. Does the handle feel good in your grasp? The Dual Blade Carbide Scraper, which features a curved handle to reduce knuckle-scrape and a pull knob that lets you use two hands, is an example of good, functional design. The bottom line: If a tool fits your hand comfortably, you’ll be able to work longer with less wrist and arm fatigue.