This would be the second handle I've broken this year. It was a hickory handle and didn't show any signs of wear or damage. And for that matter, I have good aim. I didn't hit the handle on anything. Yet today whilst I was split some seasoned maple, the maul head broke clean off. So I'm not sure what to replace it with. I hate the feeling of fiber glass and composite resin handles even though they last longer. Hickory definitely feels better but its not as durable. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'll take them.