LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE IN WHITE OAK
What is the difference between Grade A handles and Grade B handles?
This handle is one of the coolest handles we have had a chance to put out to date.
I bought an old, old, old steel pattern from a fellow axe junkie on eBay because I fell in love with the shape and that pattern was used to turn this handle.
There is something so awesome about getting a forgotten piece of history back into working hands. This pattern was made when people depended on their tools for survival so when it came to designing them they were not kidding around.
This curvy hickory single bit pattern is designed for axes that have a bit of a taller eye (Connies, Jerseys, etc...) but I'm sure it would feel comfortable on any axe you can fit it into.
The axe, as it comes, measures 31" but the palm swell is meant to be cut down after the axe is hung to remove any marring or damage from whatever heavy tool you use to hang the axe with.
The edges of the swell also curve slightly upward to give you more grip when swinging.
This is one of those handles that looks fine and dandy in pictures but you don't truly understand how awesome it is until you get to work with it.
Hickory will be a constant with this handle moving forward but White Oak is going to be very limited if not exclusively on this first run of handles only.
So if you think you'd want this handle in White Oak be sure to get in on this first run. As I said above - we'd love to keep offering them in White Oak but depending on supply I can't guarantee that we will or will not keep carrying the White Oak version.
Top of the Eye (eye is tapered): 2 1/2" X 15/16"
Shoulder: 2 7/8" X 1"
I have not installed the new handle yet. It looks just about the right size as delivered, so it will be easy to install. I am going to review the handle install video that Whiskey River sent to me a while back so I make sure to do a premium install. Thank You
Not too long ago it was fairly difficult to source and purchase a handle of this quality. You were generally day dreaming about finding and restoring a old handle. Thanks to Whiskey River they have made it a reality for anyone with internet access! What about the quality though? Whiskey River stands by everyone of their products because they know everything is built with the customer in mind. But it's not Amazon so it will take forever to get here. Nope. Their shipping department is on top of all new orders. So when you order a new product it ships fast. Thanks Whiskey River for setting the standard.
The handle has a great shape, I love the palm swell. The grade B that I received has grain orientation pushing 35 degrees, which I suppose is the limit of acceptable. I’ve never used a handle with this grain orientation so I’m hoping it lasts.
I like it a lot. Perfect size and shape. Couldn't be happier with my vintage true temper head.