It isn't pretty but it holds quite well and the PVC gives the right kind of flex to simulate a rattan handle. The overall length is only a hair over 48" which is 2" under regulation. This will not hurt you in overall performance and can actually help because the longer the handle, the further the throw. Train with this and expect slightly further throws in competition.
The general life expectancy of these handles is about 100 throws but at less than $3 each it is an easy and inexpensive fix.