Before I get into my feelings about this product, let me give you a little background of myself. As a kid we burned wood since I can remember, we (parents and a friend of there’s) got into delivering wood for a bit, $55 a cord cut, spit and delivered. .LOL those were the days..... when I was in my teens my job was to split the wood, we didn't have any hydraulic splitters then, just man power. I was to split as much wood as I could, I found as I got into my later teens I was using a 8 lbs maul. Worked for me. Now present day, ( yes I am 40yrs old) I have been burning the last 4 years on and off, this year a bought a new stove and was going to get "serious" about wood this year. so now I have about 2 1/2 cord in my yard that needs to be split, I was using a 6lbs maul, and it worked fine, but I wanted a 8 pounder. So off to the local hardware stores to get one, all the had were these mauls that had to much of a angle at the point ( too wide , the would just bounce off the wood ) . The local Stihl dealer had a couple of the, so I got the biggest one Model # PA 80 http://www.stihl.us/handtools/axes.html 6.6lbs head Hickory handle. I have been using it the last couple night and all I can say id WOW. I am splitting stuff I would have not though possible or near impossible. It feels much heavier than 6.6lbs, very solid, and sturdy. Using this maul I feel that I am splitting pieces faster and with less blows and with any other maul I have ever owned. The good... Very well balanced, very nice construction and great feel... The Bad, nothing as of yet well, I guess if 50.00 for a maul is to much, then yes that is the bad. My feelings, well worth the money, I am thinking of getting the PA 50 for my son... Respectfully Jeffrey D Pierce .