This purple beauty is 27 inches long overal and has a handle that started as a 7/8" cylinder of wood. We make our mops with 96 falls. Sadlly that purple cowhide is all used up. I have black on hand. The cowhide leather is soft and thick (kind of like my kid brother) and packs quite a thud. It is large but not intimidating. You should be able to swing it nicely without your arm getting tired too quickly. People like thud. Give them some thud.