Tool Review

I’m the kind of guy who breaks things. Not on purpose, mind you; I’m just prone to breaking things. Because of this tendency to break things, I also know how to fix things. And any person that knows how to fix things needs to have a good set of tools. Today we’ll be reviewing a necessary tool for any toolbox. The hammer.

This is a picture of the hammer. My finger got in the way and I didn't feel like taking another picture. Deal with it.
This is a picture of the hammer. My finger got in the way and I didn’t feel like taking another picture. Deal with it.

My hammer is about 11.5” long. I didn’t weigh it, but it says 7 oz. It feels heavier than 7 oz. The handle is black and has a grey plastic nub on the end. The handle says it’s made of “Genuine American Hickory” and I have no real reason to believe it isn’t.

Genuine American Hickory
Genuine American Hickory

Testing the hammer went well. I drove a nail into a piece of wood. I nailed a 1.5” inch galvanized roofing nail into what I believe to be a block of pine.

Nailing a screw
Nailing a screw

At first I didn’t think I had any nails so I used the hammer to drive in a screw. But then I remembered what I did with the nails.

The nail
The nail

The nail went in easily. The screw was more difficult. That’s probably because screws aren’t designed to be used with a hammer. I missed the screw a few times, but I don’t think that was the hammer’s fault.

The driven nail
The driven nail
You can see where I missed the screw
You can see where I missed the screw

The hammer is comfortable, not too heavy, and looks like a pretty cool hammer. I suspect I bought this particular hammer because it was the cheapest I could find at the time. I really don’t remember. Overall, I’d give this hammer 7 out of 10 stars. A sturdy, reliable hammer, but probably not the best hammer out there.

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