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I ordered a new handle for my 14 oz stiletto along with a new tibone for 100 bucks but i put the handle on and pounded a few nails and the first nail first swing i noticed my handled is twisted. And not loose twisted like the tree grew twisted

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Is this something thats too late to email stiletto about? I dont feel like putting the fourth handle on it this month.
 

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Actually this is 3 the next would be 4. The first one was on for a year or so and used very roughly so absolutely my fault. The second one i have no idea it was on for about a week maybe and i was driving a few 20 d ringshanks and the handle split pretty beyond usable. Hopefully the tibone wont break
 

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you'd expect better quality control from Stiletto. I buy the $5 craftsman hickory handles and they're all straight as an arrow. also haven't broken one yet, but I've broken a few other brands.
 

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It was somethin like coo tools. It was actually 169 for it and 12 for the handle. Ill find it tonightand let you know tomorrow
 

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My problem is i dont know who to talk to stiletto or the distributor. And the handle isnt coming off without cutting and really pounding it out cause its really in there now
 

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hillbilly512 said:
My problem is i dont know who to talk to stiletto or the distributor. And the handle isnt coming off without cutting and really pounding it out cause its really in there now
Talk to stiletto. I have the email address of the rep I dealt with, if you'd like it, when I had issues with their hammers.
 

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you'd expect better quality control from Stiletto. I buy the $5 craftsman hickory handles and they're all straight as an arrow. also haven't broken one yet, but I've broken a few other brands.
Wood is a natural product, and subject to warp and twisting. The area where the handle was manufactured could have very different humidity levels than where it ends up. The shaping of the handle could have also released stresses in the grain that caused it to twist. The twist could have taken days to complete, and by that time the handle would have been far from the factory.

Can't really "blame" Stiletto, but would expect them to send you a new handle as an act of good faith. Contact the distributor first. If they don't take care of you, call Stiletto.
 

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Wood is a natural product, and subject to warp and twisting.
I call BS on this. I can make handles all day that aren't going to warp and twist like that, but not with crappy wood. Axe handles are a lot longer, and any warp or twist is a lot more noticeable.
 

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I haven't seen twisting as a handle issue before, but I see plenty of problems that affect strength. Incorrect grain orientation and wide ring hickory are the two biggest problems - I'd say well over 90% of what I see in the stores around here have one or both of these problems. Usually the manufacturer puts a wash coat on to hide the grain, so it isn't as obvious that it's a weak handle.

Axe handles have heart wood sometimes - that's also a no-no, but I haven't seen that on hammer handles.
 

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I call BS on this. I can make handles all day that aren't going to warp and twist like that, but not with crappy wood. Axe handles are a lot longer, and any warp or twist is a lot more noticeable.
..so your saying wood is not subject to warp and twist?..i call BS on that:whistling
 

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The handle before last that I got for my stiletto was crap. The best way to buy a handle is to sort through the bin until you find one with a nice grain structure. The 14Oz stiletto handle's design has a weak spot right near the head.

I sent them an email complaining about the crap handle and asked about a discount on a replacement and they told me to piss up a rope.
 
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