It never ceases to amaze me what some folks will pay for bragging rights. The world's finest splitting HATCHET (not an axe or a maul, but a HATCHET) is available from Granfors for only about $150. It's not for professional woodcutters, they'd use full size splitting axes and mauls at one-third the price. This is for weekend warriors who want to go camping and carry TWO hatchets, instead of one, and want to be able to use their phone to take photos of it in use to send to their idiot friends to make them jealous.
Don't get me wrong, it really IS the absolute best commercially-made splitting hatchet in the world. BUT, who cares? We're talking short pieces of wood that are handled perfectly well by ANY decent hatchet that you happen to have with you. Mine cost $2 at a yard sale, plus the cost of a new handle. AND, I only have to carry ONE hatchet, instead of one to chop with and one to split with. Incidentally, it says "Boy Scouts of America" on it.
Here's the world's best if you'd like to see it: