With my new bench finally going operational I've kind of over done it the last two days with the planes. My hands are now not looking or feeling so good. Part of the problem is that these are old planes and while I've put the knobs and totes that were in the best shape on the ones I was using, the knobs especially are in rough shape. Completely peppered with toolbox dings. Another part is that while I've experimented with different grips on the knob I tend to favor having my palm down on the top of it, and the head of the screw is doing a number on me.
Will a new smooth replacement knob take care of it? I was thinking that perhaps adding some padding under a leather cover on the knob might be a good idea, but I see nothing about doing it in a google search so either a) it won't be a problem with a new knob b) I have soft girly hands and need to suck it up c) everyone has blisters but won't admit it.