I’m happy with the handle. There was a little bit of tear out on one flank, so room for improvement.
my primary purchase was for a sledge handle i couldn't find anywhere else. got some octs handles my smithing hammers. top quality wood.
I like an octagonal handle on my hammer. I bought (2) and used one of them to re-haft a Millers Falls 16 ounce #1416 rip style head. The grain direction was correct, excellent quality hickory and the shape is great. It’s slightly fuller than the “New Old Stock” Bluegrass octagonal handle I have on a favorite hammer and very comfortable. The balance it gives the old head feels perfect! Thanks Beaver Tooth for the wonderful handles you provide - You have a customer for life!
fit my old octagon head hammer perfectly. thank you beaver tooth.
Initially I ordered the 12” handle, but that was way too small. I then ordered the 14” handle. I was a bit disappointed as the new handle was really loose in the head. I inquired about a tighter fitting handle but none more tight were available. I went ahead and fit the handle. I had to set the handle very low on the neck, trying to get as much handle meat into the head as possible. However, even then, as you can see, after driving the wedge as far as possible, the handle did not fully fill the hole. I have yet to seriously use the hammer since being repaired, so time will tell on its durability.
We offered some suggestions on using wood cross wedges in addition to the metal wedge for this customer. We list the size of the handle so it is up to the customer to decide if it will be a good fit.