Start hand working with a hammer

The old adage goes "you can fix anything with a hammer and if you can’t, just get a bigger hammer." Though the saying is amusing, it’s also true: a good hammer is a very important part of any well-equipped tool kit. Whether used by itself or in combination with another hand tool, the hammer will prove to be an invaluable tool, especially when the intended repair proves to be somewhat stubborn. But choosing the right hammer for the job can be a little confusing. Hammers aren’t just for pounding nails. They serve a variety of other functions as well. Below is a list of the most common hammers–the nail, finishing, ball peen, sledge, rubber and dead blow hammers–followed by a brief description.

· Nail Hammers: Conventional nail hammers have a flat pounding surface and a two-pronged claw for pulling up nails and prying up wood and other debris.

· Finishing Hammers: Finishing hammers are lightweight and designed to drive small nails into molding and other delicate pieces of wood. Finishing hammers are easy to control and designed so that the user can avoid damage to the surface the finishing nail is being pounded into.

· Ball Peen Hammers: Ball peen hammers are for heavy-duty jobs and inappropriate for use as a standard nail hammers. They feature a rounded ball on one end that is used for shaping rounded surfaces and a flat peen on the other end for pounding metal and rivets.

· Sledgehammers: Sledgehammers are heavy-duty, two-handed hammers used primarily for demolition, such as breaking drywall or busting concrete.

· Rubber Hammers: Rubber hammers, also called mallets, feature large rubber heads and are used for applying force to delicate surfaces that you would not want to dent or deface.

· Dead Blow Hammers: Dead blow hammers are made from a number of different materials and as the name suggests provide a deadening blow. Dead blow hammers will not rebound off the surface being struck like steel headed hammers will.

Some of the best quality hammers have fiberglass shafts and padded rubber handles. A hammer with a fiberglass shaft will absorb the shock of the blow better than a wooden or steel shaft. Fiberglass shafted hammers are incredibly strong and seldom crack or break like wood handles. Soft padded rubber handles also absorb shock and improve a hammers grip and hand comfort.

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Finding the right tool for the job can be difficult. Fortunately, Hongjin’s vast Hand Tool section offers a wide variety of tools to choose from.

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