The handle is a 1 3/4” diameter hardwood ball. The long starter is solid brass 5 1/2" long. The button starter in the ball is solid brass and is 90° from the long starter making it convenient to hold in one hand while the other starts the ball or bullet in the muzzle of the barrel. Both button and long starter tip are cupped to center the starter over the bullet. Starter ball is dipped in hot linseed oil for a durable finish.