A better look is what I want mostly. The wood feels and looks a little porous. I believe I’ve heard of people using beeswax for a fix like this, I just want to know how to do itWhat constitutes an improvement, or a nicer look? Oiling or waxing is an option, otherwise you could sand to whatever grit you desire and apply a different finish. If you're still not happy, have the handle replaced.
I believe ho wood is magnolia. ("Honoki" in Japanese, as far as I know, which is Magnolia hypoleuca. Quite possibly though, a handle labelled "Magnolia" might not be be made from Honoki but some other type of Magnolia instead.)Pretty sure it’s either ho wood or magnolia