This is the bigger brother of our popular 30C!
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 the 28C and now the 32C.
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 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.
Top of the Eye (eye is tapered): 2 1/2" X 15/16"
Shoulder: 2 7/8" X 1"
The WR Premium Heritage 32C I purchased is an outstanding piece of craftsmanship. It is very well balanced and the moment I first held it I knew it was a swinger. Feels great in the hands and looks great fitted to the bit. I think so much of it I ordered another. The fine folks at Whiskey River are great, shipping and communication are quick, and their products are outstanding.
Very happy with purchase, good grain orientation, nice shape
Looking for a good classic axe handle used to be difficult. Rummaging through an unorganized rack at a random hardware store. Or the off chance of finding an unused vintage handle at a yard sale or flea market. It's good to know that I can pick up my phone and get the handle I need. Thank you for keeping this tradition alive.
The side profile of the axe handle is great but it is thin and the narrow sides feel quite sharp in the hands while using. If the sides were more rounded it will feel a lot better. Comparing to my helko handls, they are thicker and then the sides are less sharp, they fit the thumb/index finger rounding more naturally.
Whiskey River Premium Heritage 32C - 32" Handle