Thank you for the hardy welcome and information! Glad to know I haven’t missed the launch. I have a couple items on order from the shop pending fulfillment (HR2, TGULB, SRMSW, and the SYKCO WS-221) but have yet to purchase a ‘big chopper’ hence the interest here (as this design might be the perfect balance of what I’m looking for)... Curious what handle shapes on previous models are the best from a ‘comfort in use’ perspective. I see there are a couple handle options on the smatchet being considered in Jerry’s renderings. I imagine a flared base of some kind helps retain the heavier blade but likely any directional handle may limit which side of the blade gets primary use. Thoughts and musings welcome as I read through the forum with a Blanton’s in hand.