Hammers are one of the most ubiquitous hand tools and are usually one of the first tools that a handyman or handywoman purchases due to its extreme flexibility in a number of different applications. The uses of hammers are seemingly endless - driving in nails, demolishing structures, hanging artwork, upholstering furniture, roofing and much more. Whatever you plan on using a hammer for, there are many different options available. Once you've found the perfect hammer, consider stocking up on other hand tools and equipment.
Perhaps the most traditional hammer is the claw hammer, which features a standard striking surface and a V-shaped claw on the other side that can be used to create leverage and extract nail heads. Select a hammer with a heat-treated striking surface to resist breakage. A pein hammer features peins on the other side of the striking surface for shaping and bending unhardened metal in blacksmith applications. A sledge hammer is a large, heavy hammer with an extra-long handle that's perfect for demolition or driving stakes and poles into the ground.
When comfort is a priority, a hammer with a cushioned grip prevents hand fatigue during all-day tasks, while ribbed channels in the handle allow ventilation to keep hands cool and sweat-free. Hammers with one-piece construction deliver a more solid design, preventing the hammer head and handle from coming apart.
Mallets are generally constructed from rubber due to its bounce-resistant, non-marring properties, making mallets an ideal choice for assembling fragile materials, like wood. Mallets can also be used to remove dents from metal. When preparing wood for assembly, use an axe to cut and split wood logs. An axe features a sharpened edge that drives easily into wood for near-effortless chopping.