Split the handle on my TrueTemper 8lb'er two weekends ago and went to put a new handle on it and ran into a snag. The original handle had a thick plastic sleeve that covered handle 4" or so below the head and ran continuously up through the head and formed a cap on the other side holding the hammer head on. I haven't found a similar handle at the store and a standard replacement handle is so small that that there is probably 1/2" of clearance around the handle. I've emailed TrueTemper if it can be fixed/repaired and they did reply with some questions, but thought I'd ask here if anyone's had an success with this issue. Just need to know if I am now the proud new owner of a 8lb paper weight. The good news was it forced me to finally by a maul and I invested in a X27 and all I can say is I wished I made that purchase months ago. The X27 is great, but there are some large gnarly pieces I need my sledge and wedges for.