Bought this for my 4 year old grandson for Christmas, he loved it and so did all the adults that came to my daughters house for christmas
of course , it will fit the age above 3, it is a small size which is easy to hold, and it is well play at adults too
I believe it includes the handle. I bought the pair for an adult friend and they seemed to be the right size. They are nicely made and nicely painted. Obviously a tourist-type item but also are "real." Hope this answers your question.