Funny you should mention colored saw handles…
The original KC saw handles were colored. (Red) All we ever heard
was that they should be clear lacquered wood instead. Eventually, we
gave in and gave people the “wood” handles they wanted. (The red
ones were the exact same piece of wood, just painted red.)
Speaking as a production guy for the moment, I can guarantee that
the the reason they’re pretty much all black is just inventory
management. Our handles have a lead time of 2-3 months, on
quantities of many thousands. There’s no way that we want to ride
herd on supplies of six different colors, and I can promise you
absolutely that the tool dealers don’t want to fuss with it either.
Imagine having to tell customer that you can’t sell them a saw
because you don’t have it in blue, but you do have it in hot pink.
Not something I picture them being too keen on.
For that sort of thing (not that we don’t want to sell you many
different saw frames) but for that, you get to exercise some of that
famous jeweller-ly creativity, and color them yourself. (If you were
really gung-ho, you could take one apart, take it to an anodizer,
and have them strip the frame and re-color it. But that would be
Waaaaaaaay beyond any sort of sensible answer.)
Personally, I use spraypaint to ID tag the handles of my hammers, or
other things that are likely to end up out at school.
(Anybody sees hammers with two red stripes surrounding a silver
stripe, they’re mine, damnit!) (all of your hammers are belong to
us.) Even my fretz hammers, and that felt almost sacrilegious. For
those, I painted them on by hand, with a brush. Thought about gold
leafing, but that seemed a bit over the top.