I saw Joel's review of the XXL shavemac. I agree. His horn handle looks great, compared to the white, faux-ivory one I have. However, the design of it is not all that bad. I thought at first it was too bulky, but it works. Really, I think it is a better handle for me to grip than the SMF1 design. Nothing looks as good as the SMF1 handle (that wood should get anyone's attention). But sometimes I find that I grip the SMF1 by the top near the ring under the bristle base, and sometimes I grip it mid-brush.
Anyway, we talk about bristles but not the handle much.