Hammer Reviews & Pry Bars

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I didn’t realize until coming across this article that the type of material a hammer was made out of had such a big influence on the function. I like how you point out that because titanium hammers are lighter, it is safer for people that are using it. In turn, that would mean construction workers, and others that are often using hammers, would end up paying less on injuries. My husband loves working with his hands and making different things, but I always worry about his safety. After reading this, I’ll have to look into getting him a hammer made… Read more »

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Lucas any steel head, wooden handled, hammer with a full hitting face and a lighter weight equivilant to the titanium will give you about the same results as these. The physics stay the same. In fact a wooden handle also reduces vibration to about the same extent of a Stanley Anti-Vibe hammer…a very soft rubber grip will also provide the same reduction.

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I only carry one hammer and do a lot of different jobs from framing, to sheetrock, to roofing. I find that a 20oz steel curved claw hammer works the best for me. I would buy a titanium hammer if they came out with a model similar enough to replace my estwing. I have never seen a curved claw titanium hammer.

Gary van deursen
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Gary van deursen

Having designed a lot of hammers, I think that a far more accurate reason is basic phisics. Kinetic energy (energy in motion) increases with speed squared. That means that the speed that the hammer moves has far more importance on slamming the nail than the weight of the head. The light hammer weight is more than compensated by the increased speed. The joint pain is not created from swinging a light or heavy hammer but from hitting the nail slightly off-center of the hammer face. Gary van Deursen

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