One of the best tools to have handy for those never-ending “to do” lists we all have, is a hammer. When it comes to home improvements, it is the one tool you need for any project you tackle. Aside from those larger jobs like building furniture, it is also essential to have one handy whenever you are doing smaller tasks like decorating for the holidays or simply hanging pictures. This tool is a “must-have” in everyone’s toolbox, so here are the top 10 best hammers:
10. Maxcraft 60626 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer
This is a full-sized, eight ounce forged steel claw head hammer with a short and stubby six-inch length that makes it ideal for those small jobs or tight work areas. The magnetic head holds the nail so you can use this tool one-handed and the ergonomically designed non-slip, soft handle grip makes it simple and easy to use.
9. United Cutlery M48 Tactical Hammer, Black
The simple, yet unique, design of this tactical hammer make it an invaluable tool to have handy, especially if you do a lot of hunting or camping. Although initially designed as a weapon, it is another of those multi-functional tools we should all have. Being only a half-pound in weight, it is exceptionally light and easy to use and being only 15.5 inches long, it is easy to carry with you wherever you need to go.
8. Dalluge 7180 16 Ounce Titanium Hammer
Nothing was overlooked in the professional design of this solid sixteen-ounce hammer. It is made with Titanium steel and with the combination of its unique Overstrike Guard and serrated face, it ensures less slippage and increased handle protection during use. It is securely fastened to a straight hickory wood handle and has a patented shock-absorbing design. It has an integrated Mailoc magnetic nail holder that holds both standard and duplex nails; the side-mounted nail puller, great for use with concrete forming, allows for extra leverage and the claws are reinforced for added nail-pulling strength.
7. The Best Helping Hand Hammer
The hammerhead is made of quality-forged steel and the handle is lightweight tubular steel. The soft handle is covered in a synthetic rubber material that enables a sure grasp and which has been fashioned with aeration holes to reduce any sweat caused by gripping it.
6. SE 8355HH 5-IN-1 Dual Interchangeable Hammer
In keeping with a growing trend for multi-functional tools, SE has come up with their 5-In-1 Dual Interchangeable hammer. The threaded heads are easy to change and attach securely to the aluminum handle; they are also constructed with both copper and brass to allow for spark-free use on metal. The combination of all the materials, which include rubber, nylon and ABS, used to construct this tool provide just the right amount of strength necessary for non-marring strikes and less recoil.
5. Chasing Hammer 1 ¼ in HAM-152.00
This eleven-inch long, traditionally styled hammer has a sturdy forged metal six-ounce head wedge-mounted on a hardwood handle. The hammerhead itself is slightly convex with flat edges; it is 1 ¼-inches in diameter, which gives you plenty of striking surface to work with and the flat edges ensure a nice flat finish to your work.
4. Cold Steel 90WHA War Hammer
The unique design of this hammer dates back to medieval times and proves that you really don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” to get what you want or need. It is the ultimate multi-functional tool in that it can and does provide a true “all-in-one” tool. The head is made with 5150 drop-forged steel and it has a pointed back end, or spike, that can be used to break things apart like an ax; the striking surface is a bit different, but no less functional. It has four raised edges that increase its striking force on metal surfaces. The handle is made of hickory wood with metal langets to reinforce it and this hammer is thirty inches long; war hammer handles can come in different lengths to allow greater leverage in a variety of functions; it can also be mounted on a spear-like handle and used for working in areas just out of “arm’s reach”. It is a great tool to have for any outdoors tasks you may encounter, especially those necessary during camping or hunting.
3. Flowered 6-in-1 Hammer and Screwdriver
Don’t let the silk-screened floral design fool you: this is a great little multi-functional tool. It is an eight-ounce claw hammer that is only eight inches long, which makes it great for working in tight spaces. It is made of heavy-duty steel and besides the flat hammerhead with the nail-pulling claw on the back, it also has four additional tool heads stored in the handle: one phillips head screwdriver and three flat head attachments are included.
2. Ohsho Claw Hammer Middium (Japan Import)
This is a great forged-steel hand tool imported from Japan. It is lightweight, only 1.4 pounds, and only 14.9 inches long, so it is very easy to use and carry with you. The hammerhead has a milled face to help avoid slipping and it also provides solid striking power; the clawed back makes it easy to remove nails.
1. RoadPro SST-50112 Ball Peen Hammer
This is a solidly constructed, sixteen-ounce hammer made with dropforged steel and it is securely attached to a lacquered wooden handle. Although usually used for metalwork, it can still be used like its cousin, the claw foot hammer, to work on wood and fiberglass; because its principle use is with metal, the hammerhead itself is actually made much stronger than the claw foot hammerhead.