This handle is perfect!
Was looking for a quality handle with a good price point and this was exactly was I needed
Great handles this was one of four I purchased and hung a vintage Plumb 3.5 head on it. It has great girth to customize the grip if you have smaller hands but fit this monster and I did not have to trim the top at all. The grain orientation was great and super tight I’ll be using this as a chopper and long handled wedge banger. I also used the walnut wedges and they hammered home great!
Minimal liquor to strip but that is common in handheld to prevent damage.
It's a nice looking handle, I like that there is no lacquer or anything and it is straight. But the eye dimensions were smaller than advertised which meant for this head, it went on with minimal work and time but it was kind of a loose fit so the wedge is doing more work filling the eye than I prefer. Also the grain is running perpendicular to the bit which is not ideal but I am curious how it will hold up. Next time I will try to request proper grain orientation by email or order notes.
This handle was free of knots and sapwood, with straight grain in perfect orientation, store bought handles near me often run 45-90° from correct orientation. my only complaints with this handle is that it had a slight bow (you have to really look to see it) and the heel of the handle was slightly twisted from the rest of the handle.
Neither of these two traits have had an effect on the use of the handle, and I did buy the mid-grade handle due to the select grade bring sold out. So far it's been a great handle and from what I see on a mid-grade, the select handle is likely perfect.