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I ran across this online today, and it just screams “impulse-buy item” — you know, stuffed in a display box right by the checkout counter. It’s also pretty much everything a hammer shouldn’t be. The whole point of a hammer is to apply additional force with a lever. Make the lever shorter and you sorta defeat the purpose. Of course, you can probably stick this one in your pocket. “Is that a hammer, or are you just happy to see me?”

Kidding aside, what use case does this satisfy? (No, really. This wouldn’t be the first time I missed one that’s obvious to everyone else.) I suppose you could use it to hang pictures, but I’d rather have a nice light full-sized hammer for that. It’d offer a lot more control. The mini hammer has a full-sized claw, though I’m not really sure how much force you could apply to it considering the stubby handle. It’s got to be wicked unbalanced, too.

The real piss-off is that you can find a number of these [What’s This?] kicking around Amazon, for example. Does that mean that there’s a use for them or just that they fly off the chewing-gum-and-home-magazines shelf? Enlighten me in comments if you wish. Street pricing runs about $3-5.

Mini Hammer [Great Neck]
Street Pricing [Google]
Via Amazon  [What’s This?]


38 Responses to WTF Do You Do With A Mini Hammer?

  1. Now if it had a telescoping neck in that handle…

  2. Dan says:

    I don’t see the point of a miniature claw hammer, figured anyone picking one up would be better off with a tack hammer.

  3. blitzcat says:

    It make sense for people that don’t hammer much or have poor hammer control… people that choke way up on the handle to use it.

  4. Shopmonger says:

    Well, i have used one in a body shop, for banging out dents. And yes the claw came in handy when bending some sheet metal back, but that is the only time…

  5. sander says:

    My 6 year old is transitioning from toys to real tools. I gave her one of these to use for nailing together a bird house and some craft-type woodworking projects. She likes it, and can use it without bending a nail. For big people, I can’t see a use for these tools.

  6. Ambush27 says:

    Cobblers use short hammers, but I think this is more for the inexperienced hammer user who would tend to hold the hammer near the head.

  7. G says:

    I have really bad wrists, and I’ve found that using shorter tools tends to place torque stress on my arms instead of on the wrists. I have guessed that people with better wrists than mine are able to keep them straight and use the longer-handled tools such that they don’t stress the wrists–but I can’t. Even with wrists braces, although they help.

    It does, of course, take more effort overall to use the shorter-handled tools. But hey, you work with what you’ve got.

    I strongly doubt that reduced wrist stress is the purpose of this silly-looking hammer, though 🙂

  8. Dave says:

    I got this exact hammer for Christmas a few years back. I thought I’d never use it… I was wrong. It’s handy for light duty stuff, fits easily in my pocket, and my 1 year old twins fight over it when we’re in the basement where there’s not much “real” damage a one year old can do with a hammer this size…

  9. joh6nn says:

    got one as a stocking stuffer a few years back. i’ve found that it’s good for tight spaces. it’s also handy to toss in a bag when you think you might want a hammer, but a full-sized one might be either too big, or too heavy.

  10. mnoswad1 says:

    Sell it. nothing much else useful about it.

    just because a product exists, does not automatically mean that there is a use or authentic need.

    Some things, in fact many thing are made just to be marketed and sold, THAT is what they are for, to be sold to us dumb ass consumers.

  11. Andrew says:

    Actually, I bought a minihammer at OSH two weeks ago and considered it a GREAT FIND. I am a rock climber, and I have been learning to use Trad equipment, pitons, etc’. I hammer that is small enough to attach to my climbing harness and SHORT enough to not hit me in the groin or get tangles with other tools is a bit of a blessing. The short handle certainly decreases strength, but I opt to hold it by the end of the handle when I need a big-hit, while a lanyard keeps it attached to my arm.
    I am also a licensed contractor, though I could never see myself use this on the job.

  12. We sought out a mini hammer (actually, the identical model pictured here) to put into the toolbox of our compact utility tractor on our farm.

    Small enough to fit in the toolbox along with chains and extra pins. Useful to apply a bit of muscle to removing pins in the farm equipment (when things aren’t quite lined up or slightly bent). You don’t need much force, just a bit more than your fingers can normally apply.

    We love it! 🙂 Of course, for nails and other hammer goodness, we have several “real” hammers around the place.

  13. dave says:

    I found a steel-handled Estwing claw hammer some time back with the handle broken, leaving it about 6 or 7 inches long. It’s one of my favorite hammers. It’s easy to pack around, and it’ll drive a 10d nail just fine in most lumber. I watch fellows struggling to pull a nail with a full size hammer, and then I show them how to do it easily with my little hammer by pulling sideways instead of in line with the head. And I’m just an arthritic middle-aged runt.
    These little bitty claw hammers they sell are just fine for most of that. The little ball pein hammers are just fine for the kind of beating I might just do with a pair of Kleins anyway. I like ’em.

  14. I use it every day to repair cabinet hardware, it is great for light hammering and chiseling.

    I do know how to swing a big boy hammer but this works great for me because it takes up very little room in my toolbox and packs the right punch for light work.

  15. Ross says:

    I have all sorts of “real” hammers in my toolboxes and trucks but my mom put one of these in my stocking a few years ago and I’ve kept it in the house. It actually is pretty good for picture hanging. Defiantly more useful than a tack hammer.

  16. Pruitt says:

    I thought it was a joke, but all those answers made sense. Now I think I want one.

  17. Robert says:

    I carry one in my kit when I’m camping on my 250cc motorcycle. It’s lighter and fits in the tool kit where a full size hammer doesn’t fit. It beats the hell out of driving a tent stake with a rock.

  18. mikedt says:

    I think for many people, their only need for a hammer is hanging a picture – you just want to tap a hanger/nail into wallboard. A small rock would probably do, but the mini hammer fits the bill nicely.

    Not sure how big that market is, but I know more than a few people who fit that description.

  19. Noah says:

    I have a mini hammer and its great to keep in my backpack as an emergency “persuader” when no one else had the room for a full sized hammer.

    Really, however, I need to get one of these: http://roadietools.com/thumper.html

  20. Tom says:

    I got one for my 4yo, to go in his toolkit. A regular hammer is like me using a sledgehammer for a nail.

  21. Mike Lee says:

    I brought and made a mini hammer. I use them for tapping or light duty, something I wouldn’t use a full size hammer.

  22. I bought one of these because it fits in the tool bag easily. However, the balance is all off though being too heavy for it’s small size. Most of the time around the house I use a wooden handled small head ball pien is more comfortable to use and less likely to dig into my knee if I leave it lying on the floor.

  23. SuperJdynamite says:

    I have one — I think it was an impulse buy.

    My cat loves to chew on rubber grips. He can get this hammer in his mouth and run away with it, so from his perspective it’s awesome.

    I keep it in my tool bag so I always have *some* kind of striking tool. It’s no good for framing but then again there are other uses for hammers besides hitting the end of a 10d nail.

  24. John says:

    I have the ball peen version of this (no claw), and I use it with my tent to pound in the tent stakes. Its smaller than a rubber mallet or regular hammer, and it fits in the tent bag itself.

  25. Scott says:

    I have 3. I got it as an impulse buy and ended up using it all the time in my shop for banging dowel pins into rails. I build bunkbeds and can use 50-60 dowel pins in constructing the headborads. This little guy is light and provides just enough whump without jacking my wrist. Also my son loves using it, and fits nicely in my small repair kit toolbox.

  26. Barks says:

    Who knew.

  27. Shopmonger says:

    Although I agree that there are some things that are sold just to be sold, it is easy to weed those out by simply waiting…. items sold, and have no purpose quickly become obsolete. When these have been around for many years. They are great…for all the reasons above…..

  28. Matthew Gerber says:

    I bought 8 of these for my Cub Scout Den when they were Bears…8-9 years old. They were the perfect size for them to assemble simple craft projects like birdhouses. That Christmas, I filled a Husky tool bag with all the stubby tools Home Depot had in their gift bins for my son. Under $25 for a bag full of “real” tools just his size…it was perfect.

  29. DoItRite says:

    I purchased one of these for my wife. If I gave her a regular hammer, she would choke up on it anyway, and she doesn’t need that extra “bang” anyway for what she uses it for: smashing down fabric during quilting where here are several folds. Apparently this is the approved method, since it is suggested in several quilting books.

  30. WalterS says:

    When I was 14 I found a small ball pein hammer that obviously bounced out of/of of someones truck. I picked it up just because it was different, and never used it. I never had a need for a hammer less than 6″ long, with a head weighing only a few ounces.
    Years later I heard some odd tapping coming from my parents room in the middle of the night. My Mom had found it and realized it was perfect for breaking her giant sweet tarts into bite-sized pieces.
    She swore they tasted better than the ones that were made the right size, and now she had the perfect “candy hammer”.
    There is a good use for most of those strange tools, it just takes the right eye to spot.

  31. Rick Breitengross says:

    I keep one in each vehicle. For the same purpose as Noah stated above.

  32. MR Mike says:

    Fits in my shop apron. Gets into/under/behind challenging spaces. Has enough heft to handle tacks, brads, finish nails when working on cabinets, furniture, and trim. Makes a great mallet for chisel use. Doesn’t cost as much as some NASA titanium multi-tool. Works.

  33. Georgia Dude says:

    Being one that bought such a thing as an impulse at a big-box store I have actually found it to be incredibly useful for putting together Ikea furniture, driving pins out of firearms using a punch, hanging pictures. Mind you this ain’t no framing hammer. But it is pretty awesome to have around. (seriously, can one own too many hammers?)

  34. Warren A Steele says:

    I ended up getting one of these at a very reduced price months after Christmas I think , when a certain big box store just couldn’t get rid of them. There was also, believe it or no, a “stubby” (they’re called) pliers, screwdrivers, etc. I couldn’t figure a use for them either. gave them to my non-handyman son-in-law, just to have around the house. Next week I was needing it to nail inside a corner of a shelf. ! I think the head is too big, and a lighter head & handle would’ve been better.

  35. Alicia says:

    If I had one I would keep in my car for flood purposes you can smash your window open to escape.

  36. Dee says:

    I have Essential Tremor, a neurological condition which does what the name implies. I shake. I have a stubby hammer and screwdriver, which give me more control for odd jobs around my home. Standard size tools just don’t work and I quickly got tired of hitting my hand/finger rather than the nail. I am not about to hire on as a carpenter or handyman (person) but I like any tool that enhances my independence.

  37. Tami Cox says:

    I am working with a homeschool group. I am currently looking to purchase 25-33 of them for a class project. These are kids from 4-17 and most of them need a lighter tool to work with.

  38. Stephen says:

    I’m looking for this very thing to secure a drone landing pad, with hard plastic “land nails”, to rough ground.

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