So I drop by the BORG looking for a new handle for my 6lb maul. Hmmmmm.... I can spend 12 for a new handle or 30 for a new 8lb maul with one of them thar new fangled plasticy unbreakable yelllow handles. Opt for the new maul. Becides, I'm thinking that I might need a heavier maul to rip through all that f***** elm. The conclusion after splitting about 1/4 cord of wood. Either I'm out of splitting shape...Having not split anything since about Novermber, or 8lbs is a lot harder to swing and split with than a 6 lb maul. Going at a peice of soft maple was a PITA, elm splits no better, and I'm sucking wind. Given the hypothesis that I really am out of splitting shape, I think I'll reserve judgement for a bit.