Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Hand Tools >> Claw Hammer
On the right of the group of tools above is my Swedish made Estwing 26oz claw hammer. It has a one piece all steel head and shaft. The shaft is wrapped in a firm rubber type of hand grip.
These types of hammers come in various weights and handle styles. The quality varies enormously from maker to maker.
From a personal point of view, having started with wooden handled American Plumb hammers, and having owned fibreglass handled Plumbs, steel shafted Stanley's and a range of other, including leather handled Estwings, this is my one and only choice. It is the second one I have owned having had my first one stolen. The combination of balance and strength is unbeatable.
Note! The leather handled Estwings are a good tool but living in the tropics they do tend to dry out eventually and maybe sweat gets at them, so that the leather rings deteriorate.
A tool that I have never used, is the US framing hammer. It is heavier and has a longer shaft the delivers more power when driving long nails. I have heard good reports of this from my American friends.
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