Originally Posted by Michael Herring
I'm considering getting a bar and weight set for home use.
My hands are like delicate flower petals
so my preference is for a more mild knurling. Actually I'm not too picky. I just don't want to shred my hands, shins and thighs.
I'm happy to spend the money on an Eleiko bar if that's the best combination of knurling and quality but if I can get 98% of that quality for 1/2 to 3/4 the price I'd probably do that.
What's your experience?
Well, Pendlay bearing bars are on sale this weekend, so you can get the bar for just a little over $400. DHS makes a pretty good bar, and I really like the new Rogue Bearing Oly bars. I've only lifted on one once, but it seems like a very solid bar. All would be about $500 or so. Eleiko has been known to have somewhat sharper knurling, not cheese grater, but sharper than those I listed.
I personally have a ZKC bar from about 2002 and it has the softest knurling I've ever lifted on. It's nice for training regularly, but you really have to chalk up to get some grip.