I got the one from Lowe's with the red handle that has the little curvy section at the bottom of the handle. I was skeptical, but it works well to keep your grip controlled on the maul. Sets you up for some abuse from your friends, though. I've split about 2 cords with it so far, and I'm happy. My best friend has one that has the same kind of side "wings" on the head, his gets stuck in the log all the time. The helko Vario is a work of art, I wouldn't want to use it!