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Any reason not to go with a plastic handle over a wood handled knife?

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Plastic and composite knife handles are quite popular, and for most chefs, they should be sufficient for their needs. There are two reasons you may want to go with a wood handle over a plastic handle, however: 1) plastic handles crack more easily, even with proper maintenance; and 2) plastic handles often have worse grip, and especially so when they become wet. This need not lead you to a wood handle, however. Plastic handles are less prone to bacterial contamination, and to avoid issue #2, consider a "gripped" plastic handle. You should speak with your supplier to determine whether a gripped handle is available for your knife of choice.        
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