The handles were used to replace handles on an antique ''steamer trunk.'' The original lugs / handles / grips made from layered leather, which are very rarely found intact on these trunks and reproductions of these leather handles are still made and available in stores like yours. The vinyl grips are much more practical, much more easily installed and best of all, they are much less expensive. I'm guessing that they will outlast the the body of the trunk. (another hundred years.) However, on another note, I was somewhat offended with the clerk who, when I inquired about nails, told me in a rather snobbish manner; ''We don't sell nails''. Not exactly good business practice. Gary A Steffen
I'm building an oak carrying case/presentation case for a rifle I put together and ordered this carrying handle for the case. Upon further consideration there's no way I can put this cheap looking handle on my case. So, what I've done is cut the rivets and tossed the plastic handle in the trash. I've crafted an oak handle, to match the case, and I'll fasten the nice handle to the Rockler hardware using Chicage screws, like you find on belts, and achieve the look I want. There's no a thing wrong with this handle except it's not for me.
This handle is probably a good value for the money and would be acceptable in the right situation. But its not what I wanted for a high quality handle for a precision-made case. I ordered Rockler's leather handle. Its not really what I want, either, but will probably have to do. High-end, leather handles for use on quality work seem to be very hard to find.
The handles are "ok"..... Not the best quality, but they are serviceable. Something heavier duty or leather covered would be great for Rockler to carry in-store. I've been covering these with paracord whenever I use them to give them a more expensive look.