I split all my wood by hand and I always put the round I am splitting on a larger round. Sure, it is less efficient that way, but I get a more solid surface to hit the round on, and I am used to doing it that way. I am not all that concerned with efficiency, because I enjoy splitting and I am way ahead on wood supply. I use a regular long-handled 8# maul and a fiskar's splitting ax interchangably. The one advantage of the fiskar's ax is that I can take it camping and use it for all steps from limbing to chopping logs to length, to splitting. Can't do that with a maul, but the maul is better for tough rounds when you need a little extra kinetic energy.