I had a bunch of copies of my custom handle made for Rinaldi's Trento axes (fits the No.3, 4, and 5 heads, as well as the "Normale" pattern in the same numbers) and they arrived yesterday. The quality of the hickory itself is quite stunning, and they're so dense they feel like they're made out of iron! While most of them had the nice vertical grain through the neck I'd specified, a few had nearly horizontal grain that caused a ton of runout. So I decided to have a little fun and see just how much abuse such a curvy handle with runout could handle. Turns out, if the wood is good enough it can handle a surprising amount of punishment!