I've decided I'm going to treat myself to a bit of a luxury and buy a Gransfors Bruks splitting axe or maul. (I understand its not the most cost effective way to split wood, I'm investing a small portion of the money I've saved burning wood on something I'll enjoy). Although I have a decent amount of axe experience from my teens, I haven't used one much since then (currently 28). I'm trying to decide what axe weight / length / type is most appropriate for me. I understand this is largely user preference, but I'm hoping people can share their experiences as a starting point for me. 6'2", 195 lbs, average fitness level. The stuff I'll be splitting will probably never be significantly larger than 18" - 20" rounds, perhaps a rare 24". The two choices I'm looking at now are the large splitting axe and the splitting maul Large Splitting Axe: 3.5 lbs head, 27.5" handle. Splitting Maul: 5.5 lbs head, 31.5" handle. If I like the splitting axe or maul as much as review have lead to believe, I may also get a felling axe that will be used occasionally for its intended purpose, but also as a decoration. It'll be used for tree's anywhere from 8" - 24" Trying to decide between the Scandinavian Forest Axe and American Felling Axe Scandinavian: 2 lbs head, 25" handle American Felling: 3.3 lbs head, 32" or 35.5" handle.