This is a maul, not an axe. An axe is lighter weight and the best hand tool to *cut* a tree into many smaller lengths. A maul heavier and is better at *splitting* logs that are already cut into smaller pieces for burning. If I had a fallen tree in my backyard, I would certainly reach for a chainsaw. But f I didn't have a chainsaw or I just needed the exercise, I would reach for an axe to cut it into sizes. When I wanted to burn the wood, I'd use my maul to split it into smaller pieces. (Don't burn pine indoors or for food, too much creosote)
This item is USA Made with US/Global Components. The handle is imported. The head is made in the USA and the tool is assembled in the USA.
Hi Tony. Thank you for your question. I did not find a 16 lb. splitting maul on my search. You do not really need a splitting maul that heavy to do a good job spitting wood for your fireplace. The 8 lb. would suffice very nicely. It is not the weight but the speed and placement of the edge that makes of a good splitter. I have split as much wood with a good wide bladed axe as I have with my spitting maul. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Rick_HD_OC