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.