May 29, 2017 / by Danny Mavis

Everyone has to use a hammer at one point or another in their life. Some need it for basic household tasks, while others require a more heavy-duty hammer for large construction work. With so many different types and sizes of hammers, picking out the right one can be tricky, not because they’re so complicated, but because you might spend too much or too little money and the hammer won’t be able to do what you need it to do.

Exploring the different ways you can use a hammer before buying one will help you make the right decision. You can find tools hammers in hardware stores and online. Online is always the preferable way to buy as the options on the internet are limitless. When it comes to quality tools hammers are like your best friend. Always true, by your side, always dependable. If you try to get by with a bad hammer or your great grandpa’s old war club to pull nails or beat frames onto alignment, you pretty much guarantee yourself a trip to the home center.

Quality Hammer

What separates a good quality hammer from a bad quality one are its parts and how well they work together to perform their specific functions. Some hammers have parts that others don’t, but generally, a claw is comprised of a claw, face, cheek, eye, head and handle.

The claw is the curved part on the head that looks downward and splits in the middle. This forms a V-shape that’s used to extract nails from wood. Heavy-duty construction, roofing or demolition hammers don’t have a claw.

The curved or flat surface on the head of the claw is called a hammer’s face. It’s used for striking objects or surfaces that are being worked on, such as a drywall, nail or metal. The face can be textured or smooth, it can be on either one or both sides of the head on the hammer. Some faces are flat, while others are curved.

The sides of the hammer are called cheeks, their function is to frame the hammer’s face. On the top center of the head, there’s the eye of the hammer. The eye is what attaches the head to the handle, and it should always be properly tapered. The claw, the face, the cheek and the eye form the head as a whole, and the head is typically made of steel, rubber or titanium.

The handle is the part that the user holds when using the hammer. As aforementioned, it is connected to the head and it can vary in size. The length of the hammer can make a difference on how hard the hammer head strikes. Longer handles give the user less control over where they can strike the head. Remember, the most important aspect when it comes to choosing a good handle is the level of comfort.