Of a striking tool, such as an axe or hammer. See below pictures of two axe handles, would you choose: The one on the left, where grain runs front to back of handle, in line with an axe or hammer head's long dimension? The one on the right, where grain runs from side to side of handle, perpendicular to the long dimension of such tool heads? Assume re handle of tools for normal day to day work, not anything crazy like "timber sports". First pic: looking at butt end of handle Second pic: looking down handle towards the head end. Please, don't threaten axe murder against people holding the opposite opinion. If you have a concrete reason for your preference, briefly state it? If you think it is conditional on what striking tool it is for, species of axe, various hammers or sledges? Please briefly explain what the conditions are? And if your dad/uncle/grand dad told you to do it one way, what did he do for a living?