Update! We bought a 6 lb. maul today at the lumber yard! Roughneck with a fiberglass handle. My wife loves it, and so do I, so far. We are sooooo.... much more accurate with it then the 8 lb, and What we lose in carry through we pick up in velocity of the swing. My wife actually said after splitting all the elm left to split from the last load " what do we have left" I told her that we had some cottonwood left on the porch, and was told " Oh come on... that ain't no challenge!" (The cottonwood we have is dry and straight grain. It splits very easily!) I was informed that we will be making another trip to cut elm this weekend so she can split it! By the Gods....... I love this woman!!