My craftsman hammertooth is basically a 999ml with ribbed claws and a mini nail puller on one of them ( it was made by Vaughan ) and because of that and how much I love the octagonal handle job I did on it, it's currently my favorite claw hammer.
I dunno, maybe just its the picture. Those bevels appear non uniform, what suggests its hand forged.
Just an FYI
If you folks enjoy making hammers and top tools, etc. Have a look at brian brazeal and Lyle's school in Ms. Jenni and I went few years ago. Really great hammering time, we learned loads and made some great tools / hammers. Think Ive around 60 ive made or bought, from sledges to peens. Nathan at jack pine forge is great too, good class.
L-R, top to bottom:
16 lb concrete breaker I've had for 30 years
6 lb striking hammer I really like. Sometimes sees duty at the anvil if I have a striker.
9 lb ship maul
10 lb spike maul
6 lb Warren
Vaughan 16 oz finish hammer for scale
I forgot about my other favorite as it's not really a sledge, but a shipwright's maul per Old Axeman. It's a 5-lb Iron City head re-hung on a heartwood handle cut down to match the original.
How I picked it up:
It's current condition. Love this thing.
Finally, not mine but one I re-hung. I hope I did OK, as it was the most difficult hang I've done. This was due to the one side being much heavier than the other, and the head wanted to sit very closed. I shaped it a good bit and eventually got it hung pretty straight. If it comes loose or shifts, I'll do it again.
How it started:
And yes, there are some metal wedges, as I felt more secure giving it to someone with some extra insurance. They're in there good as they peened over a bit. Should hold for a while I'm hoping. Handle was BLO'd a few times. They were very happy with the re-hang.
This is all I have collected since the beginning of my striking tool addiction, more axes than hammers and sledges in SoCal!
From left to right:
T T ball peen, kind of beat haft but the head was not abused 2
T T ripping hammer, claw hammer a pair that seem to be of the same era 2 for 5
Heller 3# cross peen in great condition, this one I made a new haft for 3
Stanley rip w/ a craftsman replacement handle 2
Stanley tinny in real good shape 3
And some kind of flooring deal but for a buck it's good for beating ugly things and had to be re wedged
Those are all great hammers that look like they get used.
Square_peg – do you mind if I ask what you wrap your handle with? Just asking cause I’ve seen it on some of your tools and I know that you use them.
Agent, funny you should ask I know I've seen it before, at first I thought it was a tool for split tire rims but was wrong it's for a power nailer. missing the rubber cap for the rocket thruster! Ha Ha Ha
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