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I keep a couple of crappy dead blow hammers around the shop, but this new kit from S-K blows ’em away. The hammer features a non-slip “flanged-butt” design — stop snickering, it’s just bigger at the bottom so you don’t accidentally throw the hammer. And the kit includes eight color-coded screw-on tips in various hardnesses.

The tips range from “super-soft” to “extra-hard,” and the kit also includes a brass-face tip. The whole shebang fits into a nice blow-molded plastic case. One bit of bad news: it ain’t cheap. It lists for $148. But you can find it from various online distributors (including Amazon) for around $70.

9-Piece Replaceable Tip Hammer Set [S-K]
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Via Amazon [What’s This?]


6 Responses to One Dead Blow + Eight Tips = New S-K Kit

  1. fred says:

    Not a bad kit – but I’m not sure about the “new” part – as we bought this set back in July 2008 – and put it into our inventory at a cost of $85.06 – so the $70 at Amazon looks good.

  2. Lucas says:

    Forgive me but will someone tell me what a deadblow hammer is used for? I have various weight hammers and mallets but i have seen ole Norm Abram put some dovetails together barring that I don’t know what they are good for.

  3. fred says:


    The idea of the “deadblow” hammer is that the body is partially filled with shot that can move inside the head of the hammer. I’m no expert in physics – but I believe that when the hammer face strike the surface the momentum of the moving shot striking the insides of the head is transferred to the struck object with greater effect than would be with a solid hammer – beacause there is less recoil. It does seem to work.

  4. Tommy C says:

    I have always been suspicious of the alleged physics of the dead-blow concept. I think it’s bogus. So the shot rebounds instead of the whole hammer. So what? Where does the shot transfer its momentum and kinetic energy? No place but the back of the hammer.

  5. PeterP says:

    My understanding is that the dead blow hammer allows you to hit stuff without risking as much damage. Because the shot is free to move inside the hammer body, you spread the impact out over a small period of time rather than all at once. It lets you split the difference between a heavy sledge that will mar the work face, and a rubber mallet that is not heavy enough to move whatever needs moving.

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