Jayaruh #96 was originally made of purple heart and hickory. To me, it was really a bit big, and I had often thought of revising it. Today, I did what I had been thinking for a long time. I removed the hickory part of the handle.
Here it is after I removed the bottom part. I really like the two-band badger knot, and this stubby version will work much better.
I used my wood burner to burn the JR 96 on the bottom. It is now ready to go back into service.