I'm considering an 8 lb maul to add to the arsenal (a small arsenal consisting of only a 6 lb maul) and I noticed a distinct difference in the shape of mauls at the local garden center from that of my 6 pounder. My 6lb has starts thin almost like an axe, then after about an inch tapers quickly to being much wider. The 8 pounders I saw has essentially a blade that was ground into a much wider cross section and tapered uniformly back. Not sure tha describes it well, but the 8 lb was a much more blunt looking thing. Sometimes I find that my 6 lb can sink into wood if the wood is wet. Lately, it has been getting stuck in some wet pine, and I wonder if the more blunt tool would be better (regardless of weight).