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My preference is a rectangular handle that one can nicely close your fingers over, and at the very end I carve in a cove for my little finger to lay nicely in.
The antique handles that I have all had this feature and I must say it really feels niceand comfortable especially if you are using the axe extensively like I used to at UCV
I really hate the feel of a boughten handle, maybe I am too picky, I don't know but wow what a great feeling to pick up one that has been carved out of naturally bowed stock. Making your own is worth every minute of your time many times over.