Building off of Axeman's thread on chopping axes, how about some feedback of splitting axes / mauls? I borrow a log splitter once a year, but I split lots of stuff by hand. We also get lots of flatland visitors who need a dose of authentic country living, so we fill 'em up with homemade pancakes and send them out to the woodpile to split some rounds. Last year, I went through four wooden handles for my splitting maul. Seems like the handles are made of cr*p wood, and they break even without being abused (and much quicker when you do abuse them). I remember splitting wood for several seasons with a single handle in my otherwise mis-spent youth. The center axe in the photo below has the last generation of handle-protection technology: 3/16" fiber-reinforced EPDM shock absorption layer, fiberglass tape, formed titanium(!) impact spreading sheet, aircraft cable wrapping. After cracking the handle, my testosterone-poisoned teenager added a layer of duct tape just to be safe For me, a seven or eight pound head on a 34" or 36" handle is just the right balance. I like the feel of wood handles. I bought the cute little Fiskar's splitting axe just for fun. It splits wood with amazingly little effort, and the axe style handle is great. However, it's so short that I can't really use it, and it's a little light for serious splitting. It's the first synthetic handle that I've liked. What are people using out there? Is there a source for high quality replacement handles? Is there a make or model that beats the crude and lumpy made-in-India/China models that seem to be the only thing out there now? Thanks for any help in this quest.