I received my Above the Tie R1 today from . I was excited thinking I was getting a stock R1. Boy was I surprised. I missed the fact that this beast had a Maggards handle. I'm a serious fan of short heavy handles and this one is the real deal. As you can see, the handle itself weighs in a a whopping 102g (Maggards advertises it at 98g). I have a crazy feeling that this thing is going to shave wonderfully and feel good in my hand while doing it.