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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Default Anyone have a Hardcore Hammer?

And specifically, one of these badboys.

Just wondering if they really are worth it or simply boutique hammers. (because the local stuff available here is absolutely garbage)
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Never even seen one. A lot of guys that do nothing but framing, all day every day, seem to like wooden hafted hammers, with long handles. Having said that, Estwing has had a chokehold on the market (at least up here in Canada) for as long as I can remember.
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The professional carpenters around me like Stiletto Hammers ( but they are not cheap)
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The professional carpenters around me like Stiletto Hammers ( but they are not cheap)
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They are very rare over here, mainly because of the price, so Estwing dominate the market. Personally I detest them - I don't like the feel or the balance. My own "knocking stick" is an all-welded Stanley. They look odd and are a lot lighter than the conventional Estwing framers, but the 16oz one swings more like a 20 or 22oz and I get a lot less strain in my shoulder from using it (less vibration feeding back through the handle). I bought it as an intermediate step towards a titanium. Maybe next year I'll spring for a Stiletto (circa US $150 here)

I can remember the old guys who used to drill the ends of their wooden hafts and pour-in linseed oil. The hole was then stopped-up with a wax plug. It was supposed to keep the handle in good order. Anyone still do that?



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linseed oil, now that's an interesting mod to a hammer
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I guess if I was a framer on a crew, I might consider a fancy hammer like a Stiletto or Hard Core but for sure there would be real tears of grief when it gathered up legs and wandered down the street. This makes an Estwing $20-$30+/- hammer look very nice. If I worked mostly alone in a shop or with my few regular co-workers or employees, then the expensive hammers would be an asset.

Hammer choice - I have an Estwing, really don't care much for it as it just doesn't 'feel right'. The fiberglass handled Stanley is worse. My favorite - one that I gave my father in law, a builder - and when he passed away, got back, a Stanley with a full rounded steel shaft. I grab it probably 75% of the time. The head has been trued a few times, possibly almost to the end of heat treatment, but since it's not being used in the building trade any longer, don't see much problem unless it starts chipping.

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The wooden handles are supposed to deaden shock going back through the handle to the elbow. All of my hammers are also Estwing, very good for the money. I met a guy a few years ago who framed for a living and he had a deadblow type of framing hammer to protect his joints. I can't remember the name anymore. He said it cost $250 but if a cheap hammer puts you out of work that's not expensive.

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