Received an 18" white hickory handle. good grain and shape.
had to reduce the diameter of the eye and the helve's shoulder (reducing the shoulder diameter makes it look more proportional).
the head still needs to be hung.
the new handle laying next to the older one. looks more balanced and definitely feels more balanced. Handles can be too long: however my preference is that a bit longer is better than too short. better leverage, better reach and less fatigue. if one needs more control just choke up on the handle.