purchased the "better" quality. the handle was of good color and grain orientation. after finish shaping to fit my Plumb michigan style axe head (vintage about 1940 - 1950) the handle was true and tight. As delivered grip is slippery and should be sanded off so it can be treated with a lin seed oil finish.
Tumble Wax finish. You can sand off easy and put on linseed.
Excellent product. Had an issue on delivery with handling damage; customer care took good care of me.
I'm a customer for life.
Love that it's a compact size with a full eye.. Perfect for my project I'm working on.
I do wish the handle was a little bit thinner, but that can be thinned out on the belt sander!
But this is a great company to buy from and they have a great selection of different sizes that you can't find in a normal store! Will order again!
I just hung the head on this handle and could not be more satisfied. The kerf cut was perfect and the grain structure ideal. I will continue to buy any helves I need from Beaver Tooth!