This wood handle has a dark varnish finish. It is milled from either Birch or Maple Wood, not an exotic wood. There are 2 holes on this handle. The hole in the middle is 3/8" Diameter x 1/2" Deep. The hole at one end of the handle is 5/16" Diameter x 1/2" Deep. There is a center punch on the other end of the handle. This is a second quality piece.