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I can’t imagine a time when I would lose my mind enough to consider spending $85 on a cross-peen hammer — in fact, I have people standing by, ready to smack me in the head should I attempt such a maneuver. That said, these Lie-Nielsen hammers look good.

As you can see from the tool porn picture above, they all sport beautiful cherry handles and either brass, A-2 steel, or hardened A-2 steel heads. Lie-Nielsen says they’re good for tacks, brads, and fine blade adjustments on your planes. Personally, if I’m paying just shy of $100 for a tack hammer, it had better have zombie-slaying magic or be able to summon the power of Zeus or something.

If not, I’m sticking with my cheapo tack hammer and small ball-peen hammer which put together don’t total $25.

Cross-Peen Hammers [Lie-Nielsen]
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12 Responses to High-Dollar Cross-Peen Hammers

  1. fred says:

    Lie-Nielsen makes some great planes and other tools – but ouch on the price.
    Cross Peen Hammers were once produced in wide array by Stanley and others – and were sometimes called Warrington Pattern.
    Here is a link to a hammer supply firm:


  2. Andy says:

    Zeus? Come on – a magic hammer would clearly summon the power of THOR.

  3. Stan says:

    You are missing the whole esoteric experience of owning one of these.
    These are precision hammers. Much more accurate in hitting one of your digits than those cheap ass hammers.

  4. Ron says:

    Yuppies love ’em. They think they’re “working”.

  5. kif says:

    If “youth is wasted on the young” then expensive tools are wasted on the old and complacent. 20 years ago I had a lot of energy and ambition and did a lot with my collection of tools that was small enough to fit in the trunk of my Honda with room to spare for my stereo and clothes. Now I have the means to buy lots of tools and hang them on the pegboard running the perimeter of my garage. I only glance at them when I pull my car into the garage when coming home from work at 9 p.m..

    So, these are certainly nice wall hangings…….

  6. Gary says:

    Lee Valley sells Warrington hammers for less than $10.

  7. Steve W. says:

    I think they look cool, kind of like my perfect handle screwdrivers.

  8. crawly says:

    I suppose you could build a shadow box to display them in. Although you would probably use your trusty $5 hammer to build it as not to scratch that wonderful shiny brass finish.

  9. Scott says:

    I bought a set of the Lee Valley Warrinton hammers by Stanley of England. What pieces of crap! I didn’t return them because the people at Lee Valley have always treated me so well.

    I had owned a quality Warrington hammer for a couple decades and used it daily. I gave that hammer to an aspiring young woodworker when I ordered the new set from Lee Valley. After seeing what I received, I almost asked for my old hammer back.

    Well now I own the A2 hardened cross peen hammer from Lie-Nielsen. Yes, it was tough to push the “buy” button, but I’m sure glad I did. This is a beautiful hammer that I’ll own and use the rest of my life. It is precision made and the handle is very comfortable. So I paid $50 too much for it… I’ll be enjoying it while friends are cussing their hammers.


  10. Wyatt says:

    I know it’s hard to spend that much on a small hammer, however, I have always believed that when it comes to tools you should never feel bad about buying the best. I’ve been looking for a good cross peen for to long. The only thing I’ve found that even comes close are the Kings County pattern from tools for working wood, and guess what they cost, Almost twice the price of the Lie Nielsen. I own quite a few other tools from Lie Nielsen and consider each and every one a bargain. So I think it depends on what’s important to you. What’s important to me is doing top notch work and not having my tools fight me. If you don’t mind a loose head that has a striking face that glances off the nail marring your work go ahead and fight a ten dollar hammer. If you want to do good work with less frustration buy good tools. If you are not in the shop all the time then it doesn’t matter much. If you work wood for a living buy the best and get to work.

  11. kyle.telford says:

    I just got mine today,and its a very nice and handy.the weight is perfect and well balanced.just wow.If your all planing on putting your lie nielsen tools in a showcase and using your old elcheapo tools instead your missing the point.They are made to be used and give the user a delightful woodworking experience :)But they should always be handled with care and well maintained and oiled.

  12. Steven Vaughn says:

    Interesting points of view…
    It’s not OK to purchase a very nice hammer for your wood working hobby buts it is definitely OK and socially acceptable for a hacker to purchase bazillion dollar golf clubs

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