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Stiletto made their name with titanium hammers, and now they’re expanding into the utility bar market with contenders like the 15oz TiBAR12.  The design looks cool enough to appear in the upcoming Terminator movie — but is this really a good idea?

If you need a hammer, the tool’s 15oz heft could be more a deterrent than a boon.  The 12″ bar also features a Japanese-style nail puller and lower jaw to straighten studs and joists.

Debate still rages as to whether solid Ti tools are a good idea or not. Those in favor speak of less elbow pain and less weight in the tool belt — those against chime in with structural integrity issues.  We must admit, both sound pretty reasonable.

We’d like to hear from anyone who’s used both types of construction, steel and titanium.  Is the TiBAR worth the $135 price tag — or is this lure aimed at catching fishermen, not fish?

TiBAR12 Titanium Utility Bar [Stiletto]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

 

4 Responses to Hot or Not? Stiletto’s Solid Titanium Utility Bars

  1. PutnamEco says:

    I played with the Tibar for a little while (I don’t own one) and it appears to be worth the money. I would choose it over the Fubar in a heartbeat. The cats paw alone makes it more useful, not to mention the dimpler. I would NOT buy one thinking it was a replacement for a hammer.
    I love their regular cats paw.

  2. BJN says:

    If the tool’s design is good in titanium, wouldn’t be just as functional in steel? Considering how much titanium costs and the far greater energy resources that it takes to produce it compared to steel, I personally avoid buying ti without really good justification. I do know that losing a $135 tool during a demolition would be a lot more annoying than losing a $30 steel one.

  3. Eli says:

    I use Stiletto’s waffle head 15oz framer, and trust me, the weight is not a deterrent. because of the light weight, the hammer travels faster. Plus you can carry it without a special lumbar belt. I love seeing the look on somebody’s face when they say “huge hammer” and then I hand it to them.

    I’m actually planning on getting their catspaw Ti-bar at some point. The interesting thing about titanium tools is the fluctuation in price.

    The hammer was only $60 when I bought it, a few years later double that, and recently about $80. Last time I was looking at the small bar, it was about $75. So it pays to watch the price a month or two.

  4. #1Stunna says:

    Quite the tool here…

    The weight alone is worth the $$ to buy this thing. Do not let the weight fool you though, since it strikes and demos like a king.

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