I bought the #2 grade and thought the grain and design was very well done. The only reason for 4 stars is there was no mention of the handle being varnished in the description. I was hoping for a bare wood handle to finish myself. It took a little extra effort to scrape the varnish. But all in all this was a very well done handle.
Perfect fit slid right in no fitting necessary back to work with it in minutes
Truly superior work, exactly as I expected it to be. I will be ordering again!
I ordered the #2 grade handle, but it looked knot and blemish-free to me. I fitted for the old maul head quite easily without having to shave down the handle at all. It fit quite snug and tight and should serve me for many years to come. I do plan to strip off the wax finish and coat the handle in tung oil. I use Milk Paint Company's 50:50 tung oil:citrus solvent blend.
Thanks, Beaver Tooth for this excellent quality handle. I will certainly order again the next time I need a replacement handle!
Received the maul handle along with several other handles that I had ordered. Straight and knot free, twice the quality of what the hardware store had. Back in business with an 8lb "Mad in USA" maul.