I always thought that the best axe handles had a wood grain orientation in line with the cutting edge. I get emails from various retailers I have ordered from in the past. This one caught my eye. https://www.canadianoutdoorequipmen...portance-of-axe-handle-grain-orientation.html In it, Gabriel Branby, retired and previous owner of Gransfors Bruks states; " Grain orientation in high quality hickory axe handles is not a make or break proposition, and is by-and-large immaterial to the function and longevity of the axe." Thoughts?