Vaughan’s V5 hammer sports a slick-looking profile, a nasty nail puller, and an interesting “V”-shaped head, but it still suffers from an ailment that afflicts many hammers –- no matter how cool the changes are, they mostly still look like regular hammers.
That’s not to say you can’t get one to look funky — some of the Estwing models have that covered. And the V5 is a decent-looking hammer with a nice nail set at the top and sweet side puller. It features an all-steel handle beam and reinforced claw for extra prying power; it’s definitely mean-looking.
But despite its blueness, if you dropped it in a sea of other hammers at the local big box you might not ever notice it. In fact, it’s been out for quite a while, and I can’t say I remember picking one up and checking it out.
Still, it does look interesting, and for framers that pull a lot of nails this could be just the ticket. However, we’ve noticed that many framers just use a gun and keep a cheap hammer in the tool belt for removing nails or pounding in misfires — and $40 is a lot to spend on a backup.