Yeah, the overall shape of the top is as close as possible to the hazel one, it's a really comfy shape to hold, with either one or two fingers hooked under the lower projection, two around the shaft, and my thumb along the upper projection, it means I don't have to grip the stick too hard, plus it's really easy to hang it on a fence or something while taking photos!
Something of a trade-mark, I guess, I've never, ever seen similar sticks in use or for sale.
Could never do anything like it commercially, it's almost impossible to find sticks of just the right shape without hours of fruitless searching the hedgerows.
I stripped the bark off the hazel stick 'cos it was boring, and I'm glad I did, the wood had some nice coloured grain in it.
I left the Holly bark on, it was interesting enough to leave, plus it's a lot of extra work and I really couldn't be arsed, truth be told!
Oh, and I got a really neat little knife that I'm making up new scales for. It had ram's horn scales fitted, which it didn't really like, so I've got a couple of thin sheets of striped Asian ebony, the trouble is that three of the tiny T6 Torx bolts holding the scales in place came out, but one wouldn't, it rounded out, and wouldn't budge no matter what I tried, cutting a slot and using a flat blade screwdriver, drilling the top out, getting the scale off and gripping with pliers, nothing would shift it.
I've had to file it flat, and try to find someone with a pillar drill to drill it out and re-tap it.