This handle is the shorter version of the 30C, 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 the 30C and for inspiration for this 28C.
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 29" 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.
This is our first variation of this handle. Each variation we will work with the community to make the eye of this handle fit better and better. Note that in the future this handle will change in the eye section with each release until it is perfect.
Top of the Eye (eye is tapered): 2 1/2" X 15/16"
Shoulder: 2 7/8" X 1"
Whiskey River Premium Heritage 28C - 28" Handle
At first I was hesitant about the price of the handle, but I trusted my gut and bought it. Boy am I glad I bought it. The handle is so well made and everything about it is perfect. It fits the hand super well, and the palm swell and the end is super comfy. The eye of the handle was pretty large compared to my axe’s eye, but that was nothing the spoke shave couldn’t fix. I would say this handle is worth the price. Definitely going to put this handle to the test this fall.
Very nice handle. Hung a 3lb plumb on one of these and the feel is excellent.
This was my first ever axe that I restored and I am glad that I went the whiskey river 28c. The craftmenship, attention to detail and the quality of the wood was on the spot.
Top quality handle.