A hammer is more than a simple tool that pounds in nails. Hammers come in multiple designs, in a variety of weights and handle materials. Whether you are a DIYer or a professional carpenter, you need at least one good hammer. With the wide variety, how do you choose the correct one? Check out these guidelines to help you hit the nail on the head.
Hammers, basically, come in two design styles: classic or modern. No matter the design, you want to look for the following three features:
In choosing your hammer, you must decide upon the head weight, a smooth or milled face, the type of handle (wood, fiberglass, or steel), and whether or not your hammer has a rip claw or curved claw.
Other options such as nail starters, anti-vibration handles, and even wider faced hammers exist. Most of these variations affect the overall weight and feel of the hammer, so be sure to pick it up and swing it a few times before purchasing.
The bottom line is to try out various hammers and choose the one that fits you best. Whether you choose a traditional style or a modern style version, your hammer will be with you through numerous projects and for years to come.
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