Home craftsman’s tool: what are the hammers

Home craftsman's tool: what are the hammers

Nail hammer. Two in one – you hammer in a nail – it turned out wrong – pulled out. This dual functionality is very convenient, so this option is popular with both professionals and ordinary home owners..

Pick hammer

Hammer-pick. Also a dual-use tool. One side is intended for hammering in nails, and the other, sharpened and representing a small pickaxe, can, for example, tap stones, remove excess tiles or the edges of a wooden part. The pick hammer is often used by bricklayers and carpenters..

Universal hammer

Universal hammer with striker. It is used in carpentry and plumbing work, allows you to hammer in even the thinnest nails. There are hammers with bifurcated, narrow and regular square hammers..


Balda. This hammer features a longer handle for a strong swing and a sledgehammer with a wide head. It is used where a high impact force is required, for example, when dismantling structures.

Wooden mallet

Mallet. Hardwood hammer. Usually used in joinery work with chisels and chisels. The wooden striker prevents damage to the handles of the cutting tools. There are also locksmith or tin mallets that are designed to straighten sheet metal..

Hammer with rubber head

Hammer with soft rubber or removable nylon head. It is necessary where it is impossible to damage the surface, for example, when laying parquet and laminate, ceramic tiles.

Upholstery hammer

Upholstery hammer. Small, its head is designed for hammering small wallpaper nails.

Geological hammer

Geological hammer. Similar to a hammer-pick, it is intended for working with stone. Geological hammers can be small to gently work with brittle minerals, or with a long handle and massive head to beat off a large rock.

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Rock hammer

Rock hammer. Used by climbers to first hammer and then pull the hooks. There are several varieties of rock hammers, but there are no significant differences between them. There is usually a rope loop at the end of the handle to keep the tool from dropping when climbing a hill.

Finally, a few tips on how to choose a hammer:

  1. Of course, first of all, you should focus on the type of work for which you need a hammer. Universal hammers and tools with strikers are usually used in everyday life..
  2. Experts advise to choose a hammer, the metal for the head of which has gone through three stages: forging, quenching and tempering. High-strength steel is very important as it will determine how long your hammer will last..
  3. The traditional and most popular remains the wooden handle, but there are hammers with polyurethane, plastic and fiberglass handles. The choice in this case depends on you, it is convenient if the handle can be replaced in the event of a breakdown. Modern polyurethane handle can raise the cost of a hammer.
  4. Usually the weight of the head itself is indicated on the hammer, as the heaviest part. To understand whether it will be convenient to work with the instrument, you should hold it in your hands and try to swing it. The weight of the hammer also affects its functionality, and the impact force will depend on this, as well as on the length of the handle..
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