Originally Posted by Faruq
Usually the hands get fatter and fleshier faster than the change in knuckle size. Also, as opposed to the karatekas who don't use jow, we, depending on the strength of the jow, often don't exhibit a large outward change in the bone. It's more a toughening and densifying of the skin, tendons, fascia and bones than the bones/knuckles getting big. If you want bigger knuckles then stop using the jow, but you'll run the risk of getting arthritis too then though.
Thank you all for your feedback, and sorry for the false alarm
Reflecting on what you said, I understand that the hand will thicken way before there's any noticeable change in the bones/knuckles.
But doesn't it come at the expense of flexibility? I mean, in the long run, doesn't it impair the ability to use the hand (grab things, fold hand, tighten fist, etc.) if the hand is fatter but the bones relatively unchanged?
I am very curious and I tend to ask lots of (naive) questions, please do let me know if that's getting too annoying.