Im leaning more towards an Axe, since years back when i first fired up d2 lod, barbarian just seemed like somebody who should be carrying an Axe. Swords are fun too, ive built quite a few of those. Anything that doesnt allow a shield just makes me nervous.Match the mastery to the weapons you have. Swords look the best, but have high dex requirements. Axes look tiny but allow for the best runewords, usually you have to pay to repair at least one. Maces usually have no dex requirements but come with high strength requirements. Polearms do huge damage, look cool but don't allow you to use a shield.