Do You Have a Favorite Hammer(s)?

Do you have a favorite hammer?

Over at the ToolGuyd site – Stuart just had two posts about a new Estwing forged aluminum deadblow faming hammer that will be on sale sometime soon (?)

Anyway I got me to thinking about my favorite claw hammers:

Douglas DFI18S14CX – 18 oz. Finish Nailer - no longer available
Stanley OH-2 (51-350) – 13oz. – a few still around on eBay etc.

I also thought about some of the other hammers that I’ve used over the years for specific and/or oddball tasks. Many of my hammers are so old as to be no longer available – but I did some Googling and found some examples for some of the hammer types (more or less in alphabetical order)

Thor Aluminum Faced Hammer:

Estwing deadblow ball-peen hammer

Glen Drake Brass Hammers

Brass Hammers

Bushing Hammer

Chasing Hammer

CrossPeen Hammers (mine are old Stanley’s from England)

Drilling or Mashing Hammer

Engineer’s Hammer

Glazier’s Hammer's+hammer

Lead Hammers

Leatherworking hammers

London Pattern hammer

Plane Hammers,41182

Planishing Hammer

Raising Hammer

Riveting Hammer (I used old Stanley 54-462 and 54-463 riveting hammers as tack hammers)

Scaling Hammer

Slate Hammer

Setting Hammer

Sledge Hammers

Stone Mason Hammers

Tack Hammer (mine are old Stanley Bill Poster Hammers)

Upholstery Hammer

Veneer hammer,43314&ap=1

Zinc Hammer

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I don’t really have a favorite hammer… I was joking with the guys the other day “When was the last time you actually used your hammer to bang a nail?” they all scratched their heads.

I’m currently carrying this:

Im probably going to pick this one up(just a good deal):

I thought to add a few more tools that are somewhat like hammers:

Brass Mallet

Copper mallet

Drywall Hatchet

Fitter’s Hammer

Half hatchet

Lath Hatchet

Nylon Mallet

Picture Framer Hammer,43293

Plastic / Plastic Tipped Hammer/Mallet

Pneumatic Mallet

Rawhide Mallet

Rubber mallet (white ones don’t mark the work as much as black ones)

Saddler’s Hammer

Shingle Hatchet

Sorbothane Mallet

Teardrop Mallet


Tile Mallet

Urethane Mallet

Welder’s Tomahawks's+hammer

Wood Mallet

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I have two primary hammers. One is a steel head Stilletto framing hammer and the other is a wood handle Craftsman hammer. I actually really like the Craftsman but it just isn’t heavy enough to pound in the big nails used for framing. I don’t know what it is about my Craftsman. Maybe it’s because my Mom got it for me as a gift. Either way, it just feels right.

My Craftsman looks like that one but the head has some sort of dark finish instead of the full polish.

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One class of hammers that I did not mention was those designed for auto body work. When I was a kid – then a teenager there seemed to be lots of cottage industries assembled around auto repair, tune-up, hub-cap replacement and body work. I guess that the more skilled – used hammers and dolly blocks to bang out dents and body filler to do the rest. Today – with a lot of fiberglass body panels – and skilled labor costs so high – it seems that more parts just get replaced rather than hammered back into shape. Nonetheless, I se that body hammers from folks like Martin Tools (Fairmont) are still sold – to what I guess is the auto restoration market.

Similar hammers are also sold for repair work on aircraft panels:

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Some looking around Amazon on this rainy day – I found these other styles of hammers

Backing Out Punch

Bricklayer’s Hammers

Bronze Hammer

Club (Lump) Hammer

Electrician’s Long Poll Hammer's+long+poll+hammer

Farrier’s Hammers

Geologist’s Hammer

Lineman’s Hammer's+hammer

Magnetic Hammer

Piton Hammer

Railroad Spike Maul

Roofing Hammer

Splitting Maul

Tilesetter’s Hammer

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Wow @fred you sure have a lot of favorite hammers! :slight_smile:

Actually only the 2 claw hammers that I listed at the top of the post. These are ones that I reach for most often.
And, while I have quite a few hammers - my list above was a compilation of the various types that I could links to on Amazon and elsewhere - rather than a compendium of what I have in my shop.

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Thats a lot of hammers, is your real name jeremy clarkson? Lol


The main ones I use are below:

This Estwing, mine is an older version, but I’ve had it about 10 years now from when was working in framing. I use it mostly for demo work or the little bit of framing I have to do when remodeling my house.

This is my go to hammer for everything else, as it is lighter, and is a true 16" which helps for measuring between studs on drywall.

I use this for anything and everything really that I don’t want to ding, dent, demolish or pound a nail into. I actually have an older maller with the same double head concept, but it is a cheaper one, and has seen a bit more wear and tear, so I use them interchangeably.

Great for bench work, or finish work, glue ups and dry fitting, etc.

This was a more recent buy, at least I think it is this model, just a couple years older with an orange handle. I use this when hand driving framing nails, as it has the magnetic nail set holder, and a waffle faced head. It is still pretty heavy and is a bit more stout than the estwing.

I have a handful of extras that come in handy when I have help on projects, or when I’ve brought tools to help others with projects.

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Here is my most recent ‘hammer’ related purchase:


How about some even more specialized hammers:

Bar Tender Hammer

Bone Mallet

Brass Sledge Hammer

Crate Hammer

Deep Throat Deadblow

Flooring Nailer Mallet

Grooving Hammer

Hot Chisel

Industrial Maul

Malleable Iron Hammer
Polishing Hammer

Meat Hammer

Post Mauls

Reflex Hammer

Repousse Hammer

Scutch Hammers

Stretching Hammer

Tapestry Worker Hammer

Tent Peg Mallets

Watchmaker’s Hammer

Window Breaker

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I actually have one of those crate hammers and a couple of wonder bars that always come out for demo work. Never heard it called a crate hammer before. Mine is slightly differently that the one you posted in that instead of a two sided head, it has a single claw on one side.

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There are also crate hatchets. I have an old one (made in Connecticut) around somewhere. looks a bit like this:

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My old trusty Ace 16oz Claw Hammer with hickory handle.

Say does anybody have any hammer recommendations for the above situation. Sure I can bang with the side of the hammer like a caveman, but would something like the cross peen @fred listed work?

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I was thinking the very same thing as I was driving 5 finish nails that way “Hmmm, a short trip to Home Depot or Menards (and waste the rest of the day) or soldier through and get something done?”

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Wow, that’s a lot of hammers!

My favorite hammer: Estwing 16oz

Favorite mallet: Nupla dead blow

Favorite dead blow: Estwing steel handled, although I have many more Vaughan wood handled ones.

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Warrington Hammers aka cross peen hammers are more often used for starting small brads. They are also sometimes called Joiner’s hammers. The London Pattern hammer that I showed - has a similar use.
Naturally we, as tool aficionados, would never use the cheek of a claw hammer to drive a nail. Ha Ha - there is a repeated line in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta HMS Pinafore that asks "what never? what never ? - and the reply comes: “well hardly ever!”

For driving small tacks under radiators and toe-kicks - flooring guys sometimes use this"

or this one:

But they would most likely not work in this situation

As cr8ondt points out the PN50 or other similar ones by Senco et. al. are often reacged for - especially for framing nails.

There is also one to drive cleats:|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25H-AirCompressors|&gclid=CNyE_o2K5cwCFUEkhgodaREA_Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

Milwaukee sells a M12 version:|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools|&gclid=CLWs_ruF5cwCFZRahgodsIMI3g&gclsrc=aw.ds

Some years ago, Ryobi and Craftsman offered what promised to be the solution to this issue:

and there was at least 1 Ridgid variant:|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools|&gclid=CI6WyKmH5cwCFYMehgodM30H0w&gclsrc=aw.ds|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools|&gclid=CLfM_7uH5cwCFZdZhgodW08AsA&gclsrc=aw.ds

I’m not sure that any of these so called auto hammers work well enough to be anything more than “Father’s Day Gifts”

There are also hammers that are advertised as being “side strike”

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A few other specialty hammers to add:

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