Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! It's measured perpendicular to the force (red line) and so, as far as I can see, as the point of the rotation converges with the axis of the force the torque decreases. Torque is measured about a point rather than about an axis, and as the point changes so can the torque. Since I used a vector program I upscaled the image to a 36" handle and the points 1, 2, and 3 were serendipitously 2.2", 1.2", and 0.2" perpendicular from the red line. If we made things super simple and use just 1lb of force, you have 2.2 foot pounds of torque at point 1, 1.2 foot pounds of torque at point 2, and 0.2 footpounds of torque at point 3. The closer your hand (the point being used to take the measurement) is to the red natural axle from which the force is deriving its strength, the lower the torque experienced.