Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Hammer Reviews & Pry Bars

We love hammers. All types. Sledge hammers, dead blow hammers, mallets, framing, and finish hammers. Our hammer reviews and pry bar reviews take into account their use on the jobsite. Our aim is to understand whether titanium hammers are more healthy, whether stainless steel flat bars outperform steel, and who makes the best framing hammer. Hammer Reviews and Pry Bar Reviews for the Jobsite Opinions are commonplace, and no one agrees on the best hammer. Our hammer reviews help break down the differences. Pry bars are the same—and there are a scant few who will pony up the money for a titanium flat bar over a reliable Vaughn Super bar. Still, while the mantra “to each his own” holds true, we can at least investigate what makes these common tools…uncommon. As we compare, perhaps it will help Pro tradesmen come to their own conclusions when shopping for these handy prying and striking tools. After all, on the jobsite the main goal is always to get the job done.

Review9.0(out of 10)
Stiletto Titanium Poly Fiberglass Hammer - Featured Image

Stiletto Titanium Poly Fiberglass Hammer Review

We got our hands on a new Stiletto Titanium Poly Fiberglass Hammer. Actually, we got our hands on a couple of them. We want to know what all the buzz is about when it comes to these premium framing hammers. But a hammer is a hammer, right? Sure, and a car is just a car… […]

Kincrome Club Hammer framing hammers

Kincrome Club Hammer and Claw Hammers

Kincrome is a privately-owned Australian company that began back in 1987 and which now serves the Automotive, Industrial, and Hardware markets. They carry over 3500 line items, have over 215,000 square feet of warehouse space, and ship over 1,300 containers of tools per year. While Kincrome tools aren’t yet available in the USA, the company is growing fast enough to warrant looking into the US market—and we’ve […]

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Holding Out for the Best Framing Hammer

Arguably one of the oldest tools known to humanity is the hammer—the irony being that we are still trying to come up with new ways to improve it. While it might be a prehistoric tool, there is no way it is going to go extinct any time soon since most homes (at least in this […]

Review5.5(out of 10)

EB Tools KwickGripper Review

When EB Tools sent us their nail-pulling KwickGripper, we thought we were in for a treat. The tool is designed to give you greater leverage, more flexibility when pulling nails and more options for getting at a fastener that needs to be removed from a tough spot. The design is something that has more leverage […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
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Powerstrike Hammer Review

Everyone who knows me knows that I love cool hammers. The new Powerstrike hammer from Powerstrike Precision Technology is, by far, one of the best framing hammers I’ve ever been privileged to use. It’s simply unbelievably cool, and I’d go so far as to call this hammer a “machine”. It’s fabricated from no less than 10 […]

Estwing Tactical Hammer and Black Eagle Axe

A few Estwing Tactical Hammers and Black Eagle Axes were smuggled out of the STAFDA show by secret envoy (OK, actually they just gave them to us to check out). They’re super light and include a side nail puller and a magnetic nail starter at the top of the 13 ounce milled or smooth face. A […]

DeWalt 10-inch Pry Bars DWHT55524 and DWHT55529 Preview

The DeWalt DWHT55529 is a molding bar and is designed with an extra-wide head to help prevent wall damage when removing trim and molding. The tool also features an extra-wide strike surface and flat prying end so the user can accurately strike the bar to get under a nail or even behind the surface to […]

DeWalt Cushion Grip Nail Sets (Nail Punch) Preview

Each of the new DeWalt Cushion Grip Nail Sets is designed with the steel core extending past the strike cap, which improves the energy transfer to get the job done more easily. DeWalt also added a bi-material grip on each of the nail sets to help provide shock-absorption and comfort. Additional features include a cupped […]

DeWalt DWHT51138 15 oz MIG Weld Framing Hammer Review

DeWalt DWHT51138 MIG Weld Framing Hammer Review

In a world of one piece forged and machined hammers, the new DeWalt DWHT51138 15oz MIG Weld Framing Hammer brings a new way of building hammers to the table. The face, claw and handle are actually separate pieces of forged steel that are permanently joined together. The benefit of the three different pieces is that they can be individually heat treated for the properties that are required. Also, by shaving off some of the extra weight and mass, DeWalt is claiming that this hammer swings like a 15 ounce hammer, but hits like a 28 ouncer. We find this to be similar to the claims that we have seen from manufactures of titanium hammers. While we like the looks of this new hammer, we wanted to know if it could stand up to real job site use and if the lightweight-extra power claim could prove itself in the field.

Hart 21 oz. Milled Face Hickory Framing Hammer Review

Hart 21 oz Milled Face Hickory Framing Hammer Review

For some, a hammer isn’t all that important. If you’re serious about tools, however, or a framer by trade, a hammer is an extension of your arm and something you use almost all the time. With that being the case, issues like weight, features, and balance become very important. In fact, when you’re striking nails almost non-stop, it’s possible to actually calculate the time-is-money factor, and you’ll see that your choice of hammer becomes something that could net you literally hours of labor-savings over the course of a year. It was with that mentality that we turned our fascination to Hart’s line of Mill-faced Framing Hammers.