The homemaker had several sad irons, but only one or two,handles. As the iron cooled, others were heating on the,stove. The cold iron was placed back on the stove, and a,heated one was picked up. This constant switching of,irons eventually created broken handles. When finding,iron handles, often times the spring, clamp, or small,wooden knob are broken. This handle is intact, with a,strong spring, and ready to use. ,5 3/4 inches long.