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They say when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When all you have is a $250 hammer, does everything look like a gold-plated nail? Seriously, folks, you don’t have to look far to find some seriously spendy hammers out there. The Stilleto TiBones pictured above run a whopping $200+. Hell, just scoring the replaceable face for one’ll set you back a Hamilton (or two).

Estwing offers a number of $100+ models, too, though some check in under $30. Even that’s a pretty big swing from the $15 store-brand special.

So what will you spend on a hammer? $20? $50? $100? More? And why? What do you look for in a hammer, and why is it worth your hard-earned cash?


Dynamite Tool Co. is offering a great deal on this Estwing 14″ Sportsman’s Axe at $19.15.  While they call it an axe, it’s a hatchet in my book. Over the years I’ve split a lot of kindling with this tool, and I’ve taken it along on a lot of camping trips.  As with their hammers, Estwing makes the head and handle of one piece, so it’s rugged enough to withstand the abuse and neglect of a tool left in the woodshed.

Estwing 14″ Sportsman’s Axe [Dynamite Tool Co.]
Street Pricing [Google]
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eastwing hammertooth hammer

If you work construction or renovation, you often need to straighten a twisted stud or joist.  Tools such as Stanley’s Fubar will do the trick, but what if you don’t want to carry a separate tool to get the job done?  Estwing adds board-tweaking ability to a tool already in your hand: the hammer.  The patented Hammertooth hammer can straighten any 2x board — just place the tooth and claw on either side of a board, and twist.

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Estwing, known for their strange-looking-but-quite-comfortable framing hammers, also makes other hammers — such as this welding/chipping model.  While hopefully you’re not spending that much time chipping at your welds, there’s no reason to suffer discomfort in doing so — and Estwing’s hammer looks pretty darn comfy.

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Leave it to Estwing to create a pry bar designed especially for removing moulding.  It’s got a thin, specially-contoured blade that’s designed to get behind tricky moulding and yank it off with ease.  The other end is a standard-style nail puller.

This product’s so simple, there’s just not much to tell you about it.  The picture says it all; You can see how it’ll work.  Street pricing starts around $8.

Pro-Claw Moulding Pullers [Estwing]
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Estwing EWF21 HammerAt first glance, the sleek styling scores high on the “cool factor,” but after a bit of examination, the thought behind the design comes into focus. The EWF21 features a 21oz. forged steel head with an extended shank that is bonded and bolted to the cranked fiberglass handle.  This helps to ensure a permanent head and handle connection.

The goal of this new design was to achieve greater power and less shock. To deliver the most force to the target, the striking face is located closer than usual to the centerline of the handle/hammerhead interface, bringing the weight forward to the head. To reduce shock and vibration the handle was curved, and it was extended to maximize striking force, requiring fewer hits to drive the target.

Web pricing starts at around $35.

Estwing EWF21 Weight Forward Hammer [Estwing]