Hold the blade closer to the cutting edge: < 5 years experience
Hold the handle only: < 5 years experience
Hold the blade closer to the cutting edge: >= 5 years experience
Hold the handle only: >= 5 years experience
Your endgrain is like your bellybutton. Yes, I know you have it. No, I don't want to see it.
Author of "With Saw, Plane, and Chisel: Making Historic American Furniture with Hand Tools", due late 2016 from F&W Media / Popular Woodworking Books.
For fine mallet work, it would have to be by the handle.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
It's interesting to me how many people chose blade instead of handle. I kind of figured that it would go blade for the inexperienced and more toward handle as experience becomes greater.
As long as there isn't a lengthy discussion on the merit of various butt-chisel diameters, why not?