We offer the following grades that for most part apply to axe handles 20" and over.
Select, will have the best straightest grain. Usually all white hickory.
Better, will have decent grain. Usually all white hickory
Good, #2 handle fully serviceable and not sorted for any grain direction. Any color hickory. Small blemishes in wood allowed.
Surplus. These have defects.
So they are priced accordingly. You get what you pay for is very true.