Hi Peter, the new "whacker" has cork/eva handle. The original (older) "whacker" handle was all eva. For the money though superb rods. I bought one (the 8`6") last year after hearing so many good things!! I have only used it twice and that was this year on the pike! But very impressed with it for the money. A few of the guys all have various "whackers" and I dont think anyone of them has anything bad to say. Hope this helps.