If you need to persuade something into position but you don’t want to damage it, a lead hammer is the tool you need. Sure, a dead blow mallet can do the job, but nothing else can give you the same force-per-size ratio as lead — except possibly depleted uranium, though getting that shipped to your house could be tricky.
American Hammer’s lead hammers are made with a hollow steel shank that ends in a ring shape inside the head. As you use the hammer, the head fuses to the handle so it won’t loosen or break off. The other end of the shank attaches to a solid aluminum cast handle.
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Nothing says handcrafted like hammered metal. Not only is the pattern random, but the angle and depth of the blow are too, which is hard to replicate with a machine. To get this look on your own projects, Eurotool sells a set of three hammers with two different striking patterns each.
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The Cole-Bar Hammer is a new multi-purpose tool with a ratchet that locks at any angle between 0° and 180°. This means the hammer can be opened into a full crow bar, used as a square, or used as an angle tool. In addition, the ratchet section is removable for use as a socket wrench, or cat’s paw. Apparently not yet in production — at least I could not find anything on the web — the saw’s designer named it in honor of his son who passed away in an accident not long after they had invented it. A video of the tool in use is available on the web site. This tool is one of those in the Cool Tools Inventor’s Challenge to be aired Thanksgiving weekend — could be a good thing to watch, although I tend to avoid Cool Tools because the host, Chris Grundy, is just a little too intense for me.
Would you want one of these multifunction hammers? How much would you be willing to pay? Let us know in comments.
Cole-Bar Hammer [Manufacturer’s Site]