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    Agreed. Straight claw (rip claw) is the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    Agreed. Straight claw (rip claw) is the way to go.
    The only advantages I find in curved claws are more easily removing nails from wood that you don't want to damage. They definitely have their place, but all you need is a small block of wood to do the same thing with a rip claw.

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    This oddball caught my eye enough that I had to pick it up even though I have no idea what it was used for.

    It's stamped CNR - Canadian National Railway - on the side and has a raised 24 just behind the head. I found a picture of one just like it, so I think it is a legitimate specialty tool rather than a one-off somebody slapped together.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Mojo View Post
    This oddball caught my eye enough that I had to pick it up even though I have no idea what it was used for.

    It's stamped CNR - Canadian National Railway - on the side and has a raised 24 just behind the head. I found a picture of one just like it, so I think it is a legitimate specialty tool rather than a one-off somebody slapped together.
    Take a very close look to make sure the C is not a G. Short-lived Great Northern Railroad ran through lower Quebec to Hawkesbury, Ontario from 1892-1907

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_H View Post


    Does anyone know what it is?
    I was stumped by that big eye, but out of the blue today I thought it might be for manhole covers, with a hammer in case it's rusted or frozen, and the pick to stick in the hole and pry. That's my guess, anyway.

    Then I looked for anything about Hern manhole picks or sledges. Didn't find any quick matches, but learned that there's a Hern foundry in Idaho that makes manhole covers (among other things).


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    Cool Steve! I didn't actually buy it.
    For some reason I thought it might be a cast display deal.

    Maybe they were an add on order to the manhole covers- or buy 3 man hole covers and get one "Sewer Pick" on the house.

    Thanks for the direction as well. That would never have crossed my mind- and I did try at that.

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    "Manhole miners pick"
    Look like a similar animal?
    Hern's proprietary blend maybe?









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    This is my one and only sledge. 40 years old, worked hard, put away wet, still tight.




    Engineer's, unknown manufacturer and weight. Has (to me) a very thin handle relative to the head. Handle is eight sided in the grip portion.


    Cheney (1927 patient) and C Hammond claws:


    (not from mine):


    Catalog page:


    Little guy:


    1929 ad:


    Bob
    Last edited by rjdankert; 07-23-2016 at 07:55 PM.

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    Cool hammers, Bob. I like that old tack hammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjdankert View Post
    This is my one and only sledge. 40 years old, worked hard, put away wet, still tight.




    Engineer's, unknown manufacturer and weight. Has (to me) a very thin handle relative to the head. Handle is eight sided in the grip portion.


    Cheney (1927 patient) and C Hammond claws:


    (not from mine):


    Catalog page:


    Little guy:


    1929 ad:


    Bob
    My 1.5lb germantown machinist hammer looks very similar ( granted there's not much to vary in them ) and the original handle was similar.

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    I finally finished reshaping the handle on my Hart 25oz California framer and I really like how it turned out. ( before )


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    I think it looked better before your burned it. Still nice, though.

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    Nice Hart!
    Something told me Bob was going to have some nice hammers to share. They are some beauties also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    I think it looked better before your burned it. Still nice, though.
    I know I went a little dark with the torch so I did some scraping
    Last edited by Hickory n steel; 07-26-2016 at 12:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garry3 View Post
    Nice Hart!
    Something told me Bob was going to have some nice hammers to share. They are some beauties also!
    Would you believe that this was actually my first hammer which I found neglected on our back patio when I was 12. It's a bit much for a 12yr old and that's why I sat without a good handle for so long.
    Last edited by Hickory n steel; 07-26-2016 at 02:05 PM.

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    4lb Iron City head on a new House Handle 16" blacksmith handle.





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    Quote Originally Posted by jblyttle View Post
    4lb Iron City head on a new House Handle 16" blacksmith handle.




    That Sheriff's badge stamp is just awesome and so is that hammer, how much does it way ?
    Nice hang👍
    Last edited by Hickory n steel; 07-26-2016 at 08:33 PM.

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    So you like hammers. Scotty Fulton likes them even better. He has over 14,000 hammers.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/etherf...7623816148611/

    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/eth...7623816148611/


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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCPOP View Post
    So you like hammers. . .


    Here is an article to go with
    http://www.popularwoodworking.com/wo...-hammer-museum

    Bob

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    That is far out! Some 30 years ago in Harrowsmith Country Living magazine there was a feature on an axe collector that had amassed quite a few axes. Most (from the photos I recall) were heads catalogued in file drawers in order to save on space. It's neat that people take it upon themselves to do things like this and I hope these types of collections do not get parted out, or gifted to museums that merely hide them away in boxes and barrels after the owners pass away.

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