Husqvarna Splitting Maul

The Swedish-steel head on this 32-inch chopper isn't as refined as that of the Fiskars, but its wedgelike taper and extremely sharp edge made it adept at splitting medium-size logs – and even larger ones. And while its contoured hickory handle is comfortable and generates power efficiently, it isn't forgiving on mis-hits. [$80; husqvarna.com]