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Some awards groups seem to think Vaughan’s S2 hammer is the pinnacle of hammer design; too bad it never materialized.  Now Douglas Tool is stepping up to the plate with a 23oz framing hammer including their patented head-handle interface technology (H2IT) – a polished steel alloy shank that slides into the 16” slotted hickory handle.

In addition to adding stiffness and strength, the leading edges of the shank protect the wood from mis-strikes, which are the biggest contributor to broken handles.  But the ergonomic and functional improvements over traditional older hammer designs don’t end there.

Douglas claims that this head design gives you the vibration dampening of wood with the strength of steel.  The handle shape, which Douglas calls a “CrossOver” design, purports to deliver the best elements of both a straight handle and an axe-style curved handle.  And it also incorporates late model design concepts like a magnetized nail set to hold the nail as you start it, a waffle pattern on the strike face (on framing hammers), a side nail pull, and a side strike surface.  The back end of the head features a rip claw that’s chisel sharp to tear up blocks and dig out stubborn nails.

H2IT heads come with a limited two-year warranty (read: don’t go hitting concrete or hardened bolts with it, ‘cause they won’t cover it).  Broken handles are excluded from the warranty, but replacement handles are available directly from Douglas Tool.

All of this “tool imitating art” doesn’t come cheap though.  Expect to pay about $65 on the street.  (And steer clear of Woodcraft.  They carry most of the product line, but our research showed their prices to be $15 to $20 higher than other vendors.

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22 Responses to Douglas Tool’s Innovative H2IT Framing Hammer

  1. bc says:

    own this hammer. it rocks.

  2. PutnamEco says:

    Douglas does make a good hammer, but they are so last year.
    Titanium is the future . Once you swing one, you’ll never be able to go back.

  3. blitzcat says:

    @ PutnamEco: $262 damn dollars for a hammer. made from one of the most common elements in the earths crust? I think I’ll bend over for this sweet Douglas instead, thanks.

  4. Mike says:

    At one time aluminum was more expensive than silver. Napolean reserved the aluminum silverware for his best guests. Titanium is very very slow and epensive to refine with current processes. The unrefined titanium dioxide is cheap, its the main white pigment in everything.

  5. Mike says:

    The pentagon spent $436 for “uni-directional impact generator” in the 80s.

  6. Holy crap!
    How’d you find it? I checked everywhere, googled it six ways from Sunday, and came up dry. Has anyone actually ordered it from them?

  7. Fred says:

    I like my Douglas 18 ounce finish nailer.
    Model DFI18S14Cx

    I paid about $62 for it in 2006

  8. PutnamEco says:

    ———-blitzcat Says:
    August 30th, 2007 at 8:53 pm
    @ PutnamEco: $262 damn dollars for a hammer. made from one of the most common elements in the earths crust? I think I’ll bend over for this sweet Douglas instead, thanks.

    I thought the same thing, Try one for a day.
    Going back now, would be like giving up power steering.

  9. TC says:

    I purchased a 15 oz finish hammer from Douglas Tool. Personally, I love the hammer. Stiletto, I’m sure makes a very good hammer, however, Today most of our nails are gun driven and I just can’t justify $250.00 for a hammer (Guns don’t cost that much). I’ve used a Stiletto before, it just didn’t feel right to me. The folks @ Douglas Tool have went way out of the way to make sure that I was satisfied, (messed up my shipping), gave me extra handles and T-shirts. I doubt many other manufactuers would do that. Those who are sold on Stiletto, stay with ’em. Those that want a hammer that is well built, well balanced, and feels like a real hammer, GET A DOUGLAS! Money well spent.

  10. Greg says:

    I tried a titanium head with wooden handle Stiletto on a job site last year and it was um… “ok”, just “ok”. Not worth the money in my opinion. Decided I’d keep my Estwing. Picked up a Doulgas about 6 months ago and it’s the first hammer to replace my 13 year old Estwing. I love that hammer, it just works for what I use it for, has an excellent feel on those rare occasions when you hand drive nails and can easily sink 16d sinkers in two hits repeatedly. The recessed face design I had doubts about but it works great. Good gripping surface on nail heads but wont marr up the surface of rough sawn facia boards when you’ve got to sink the nail that the gun didn’t. The side puller works better than most and will pull small pins that I can’t grab with the claw. It has a flat top and sides which didn’t seem important at first but for “tapping” in t&g soffits without a block or messing up the tongue, the flat top works great. Trying to smack the end of a screwdriver, punch, nail set, nail, random screw from your tool bags, etc… to quickly remove the bottom door hinge pin by using the flat side of the Douglas hammer is full of little things that just “WORK”. Although, for demo I still use the Estwing, the Douglas is just a great hammer for everyday construction use in the days when a hammer is used for so much more than just driving nails.

  11. Jonathan Johnstone says:

    this is not a just a regular hammer made from highly polished expensive material. there is so much to the design of this tool that make it exceptional, it’s really in a class of it’s own.. buy one, you won’t regret it.

  12. Reid Rogers says:

    I have been trying to find a retail store In Oklahoma that sells these Douglas hammers, H2 IT framing hammers for my carpenter crews for Christmas, but can’t find any place, even on the internet. 11-28-2012

    • Tony Lima says:

      Douglas is no longer a functioning company, that’s why you can’t find there hammers anywhere. Dalluge is making a replacement handle for the Douglas hammers though if anyone needs one part # 3800.

  13. CF says:

    Douglas is still making tools as far as I know. Recently purchased a 18oz and a 15oz hammer from them. 2014. Looks like they might be a little backed up on handles though. And as far as I have read the DDT handle isn’t compatible with the Douglas steel hammer. But I don’t know. Will say this though, as soon as I pulled it out of the box I could tell it was a quality hammer. Very well built and a joy to swing. These guys make a good hammer. Dry back of titanium hammers is you need a titanium nail puller which is just as much as the hammer. Hard to justify paying that much for both those items.

  14. jeremy duignan says:

    hi i really want one of the 20 oz douglas framers in red but cannot find any anywhere in the usa!!!! can’t believe it,is there anybody out there that knows if there are any in stock…. anybody?…anywhere?

  15. luc says:

    Bought a 20 oz douglas in 2005 and still swinging would not trade it for any other

  16. Ron says:

    I owned one of these hammers. Best framing hammer I ever had, but the contractor I worked for “lost” it. Have been trying unsuccessfully to replace it. I CANNOT FIND THEM ANYWHERE, EVEN ONLINE!

  17. Brit chippy says:

    Try http://www.douglashammerscanada.myshopify.com apparently they have the framers in 20 and 23oz in stock no handles though

  18. adrian beattie says:

    I see this Douglas hammer @ lowes

  19. Pisti says:

    Hello People, I have a 18oz douglas for years and it is the best hammer ever. Try to order a new, but all shop seems to be out of stock. Anyone know a shop who sell it?

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