We’ve covered hammers that allow you to start nails without holding ’em with your other hand, here and here. Olympia Tool’s new nail-holding hammer stands out because it’s not an “As seen on TV” product and you won’t have to take out a small home improvement loan to buy one.
Olympia makes the hammer head from drop-forged alloy steel and then hardens and tempers it. They bond the handle to the head with epoxy, and they make the cushion grip by means of a double-injection process. As for starting nails, the magnetic slot on top of the hammer head accepts 3D to 6D nails and finishing nails.
Olympia Tool also makes heavier framing hammers with the magnetic nail slot, but you can buy the pictured 16oz. claw hammer for $12.