Funny that this would even be a controversial topic. There are people who still believe that a folded back functions better on a handsaw, as they did during the 18th and 19th Centuries. For the life of me, I can't figure why they would think so, after all most all the saws I have with folded backs on them have been dropped at some point in time and have the front of the back smashed down on the plate. And it's really odd that if you do fix one and position the back where it should be, it can fall to floor again and do the very same thing. A slotted back, OTOH, is fixed for the most part and in place. It really doesn't change, even if it is dropped on the floor. I have exchanged quite a bit of mail with Pete Taran in the past about this, and he pointed out that the very reason they came up with the slotted back was because of how the back becomes repositioned when it drops. What do some of you others feel about that? Do you think the slotted back is superior to a folded back, or is it just something me and a select few that feel that way?