We just ordered 3 sizes of wood mauls for splitting the oak. They all have 3′ handles but the head sizes and weights are different to accommodate the size and strength differences of people. If you use a lighter sledge but can swing it it easily it hits with great impact versus not being able to swing at full speed a heavier one. They all have wood heads so as to not damage the log if one misses plus it helps absorb the kickback to you when it strikes the wedge