Hammer handle. Walnut ?

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Frozen Bear Trading, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Frozen Bear Trading

    Frozen Bear Trading

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    Feb 22, 2019
    I am building a hammer. If I can ever finish milling the handle hole...lol I know the industry standard for handles is hickory and I understand why.

    That said I acquired some very large walnut slabs for free. I thought a walnut handled hammer would be nice. But comparing the strength of the hickory to the walnut. Will the walnut stand the test thst hickory has
    Will I regret using walnut later on because it will break ?

    Should I just use hickory like every one else?
     
  2. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    If you have the walnut, make the handle. If it breaks, replace it with hickory or locust. Walnut is pretty tough and may do fine.
     
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  3. Frozen Bear Trading

    Frozen Bear Trading

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    Feb 22, 2019
    Ya that's a good idea. I am excited to get it done I'm still milling with a round file. At this rate the hole should be big enough by the 4th of July lol
     

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