I've always wanted to find out what Victor meant by carbon-wood handle. They're having a inventory sale in Vancouver so I picked up one for $55 (no tax!). These usually go for at least $89+tax when on sale at the stores. People in Vancouver may want to check out the details here http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/spo/936240090.html The first thing I did when I got home was unwrap the handle and see what's up. I don't know if it really makes any difference. I'll see when I play with it. Here's the photos. The photo of the handle shows the grey strip along the wider side of the wood grip. I'm pretty sure this is what they mean by the carbon. (no, it isn't a piece of lead tape). I was expecting more. Something like a carbon weave wrapping it.