This is a fairly lightweight wood paddle designed pretty much for marathon paddlers who finally got sick of snapping their CF blades in shallow water, practicing.  Around 18-19 ounces, mostly cedar blade, well protected, with phenolic tip, and triple bandings of red maple wrapping the entire no issue with damage there for sure.  This paddle is also suitable for other styles of paddle than marathon racing.  If you want a palm grip, please indicate in the it does come with a nice T.  

Forge Woodie