Let's see your favorite claw hammers

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  1. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Title says it all.
    Let's see your favorite claw hammers.

    My absolute favorite is the rip claw Vaughan 9's family and it's Craftsman variants including the awesome hammertooth.

    I still need a 160z #99, but I've got a few 20oz #999, and a 10oz #9 with a second on the way.
    I want a used #99 because I like patina or I'd just buy a brand new one, so I've got a search saved on Ebay.
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  2. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Favourite is a tricky one, I've been picking up old ones for a long time...... this one is quite nice for it's thoughtful sideways rolled nail puller, the only one I've ever seen like this.

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  3. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    At the moment these are my favorite. Estwing framing hammers, 22 ounce, new and old. I haven't had the chance to break in the new one yet, but I've used the old one on a lot of jobs.

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  4. JB in SC

    JB in SC Basic Member Basic Member

    May 19, 2001
    @Hickory n steel

    That Vaughn #9 10 ounce is a great little hammer. My wrist can’t handle a heavy one any more.
     
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  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Definitely.
    Got a second one on it's way to me, just looking for the #99 16oz. I want a slightly older Stamped example though so I'm not just gonna buy a brand new one.
     
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  6. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    This is a nice straight(er) claw hammer, the handle is just right for my hand.

    Made in England 20oz Bestmore.

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  7. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Going off at tangent here's two Orange crate hammers (Martillo Naranjero) found as heads here in Spain, certainly different!

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  8. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    No pics handy but I'm a big fan of the Vaughan rip claw hammers. Been using them for 35 years. My fave is the 16oz. I have a 20oz., a 24 oz. and the little 10 oz.

    A few years ago I found an old 16 oz Flint Edge Dynamic rip hammer. I have to say it's up to par with the Vaughans. Very nice hammer. I found an old 24 oz Heller that has a chipped face but it looks like it was a fantastic hammer before it was abused.
     
  9. Desert_Fox

    Desert_Fox

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    Jun 10, 2020
    My favorite claw hammer currently. Got it for $1 at a flea market. One of the best dollars I’ve ever spent. Soaked up the BLO nicely. [​IMG]

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  10. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    I almost got a Vaughan hammer last week. But two of the three had bad looking handles, and the third had a head that was set crooked on the handle.
     
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  11. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    That is nothing short of absolutely gorgeous.
     
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  12. plumberroy

    plumberroy Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Don't have a picture but I have a. Estwing 22 oz framing hammer that I bought in 88 since I am a tradesman it has been used commercially for many years it doesn't owe me anything
     
  13. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I bought a Dewalt framing hammer years ago. 14oz but had a long handle and the vast majority of weight was in the head. You could drive a 16 penny galvy spike in 4 blows. Which isn't the best, but pretty close for a 14oz hammer!
    I removed an air intake vent in a bedroom and accidently sealed my $50 hammer in the floor. Haha. I know where it is! Just can't get to it.
    Since then I can only find that hammer in waffle head. No good for me. So I haven't replaced it.
    I do have some nice vintage claw hammers though. I'll try to post em up a little later.
     
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  14. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
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  15. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I'll have to take a pic of the one I found in the old part of the company warehouse. Its most likely a Craftsman or some such. Its a rusted one piece piece of steel with an old rubber handle that has hardened and is rotting off. Nothing special, but i know it belonged to my dad in his youth.

    We have had a construction business for over 65 years started by my grandfather and grown by my father. The hammer i found was probably one my dad used 30-35 years ago as a young man, certainly younger than I am today. I know it is his because my dad is left handed. The hammer has a slight bend to one side. This is due to the fact that when concrete pins are removed around forms after concrete is poured, the flat part of the hammer head is used to knock the pins loose from the dirt. The hammer is bent in such a way as being swung left handed by a pretty beefy arm hundred and thousands of times. That's my old man, especially 30+ years ago.

    Nothing fancy about it. Its just an old, rusty, bent and forgotten hammer. However, the bend to it is proof of work. The proof of work is the successful business my dad has handed down to my brother and me. That hammer figuratively built the seat I sit upon. The sweat and brawn that it took to bend that piece if steel is a testament to my dad's work ethic.

    I should have the thing framed. Everything my brother and I enjoy to this day is probably owed in some way to that hammer.
     
  16. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    These old hammers make me smile. :)

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    Compared to modern offerings they look so funny.
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  17. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    That thing has seen some hard, hard use.
     
  18. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Yeah, but a lot of these old heads I find can be a bit mushroomed, I think they were tempered on the softer side rather than harder if there was doubt about accuracy regarding the final hardness to avoid chipping, better a bit of mushrooming than a steel fragment in the eye, similar to the way modern cold chisels are made on purpose a little softer than what's striking them.

    Below another strange one, a very long head. I can only imagine different folks making them had their own ideas of the perfect claw hammer....... :)

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  19. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    2D378F6F-A30A-4625-B6D3-E652F5F03DE9.jpeg Vaughan hammers all the way for me.

    The one on the left just got retired and the one with grip tape is 3 weeks old.

    I built scaffold so a hammer is my bread and butter.
    This is my fourth hammer of this model in about 12 years, so 3 years out of a hammer ain’t too bad in my trade.

    I used to use a 20oz metal Estwing till it started giving my wrist problems.
    As soon as I changed to fiberglass the pain went away.
    No more metal handles for me.
     
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  20. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    I may eventually have to do the same. But then again I use a framing hammer even if it's not called for. Why? Because why not?
     
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