Last year, Sears Craftsman came out with a Flex Claw hammer, which featured an indexing claw, for better prying out nails or to-be-demo’ed materials at different angles.
Now, Crescent – with Apex Tool Group likely the OEM for Craftsman’s version – has come out with their own flavor of the hammer.
I’ll admit, it’s a unique hammer that toes the line between innovation and gimmick, but it performs pretty well in use. I had to rip down some old fluorescent light fixtures that were nailed in place, re-nailed, and then nailed in so many more times I couldn’t count the number of nail heads.
The Craftsman Flex Claw hammer was the closest rip-claw hammer (or prying instrument of any kind), and it came in handy. I figured I’d give it a shot and then hunt down a better tool if needed, but it turned out to be more than capable.
Like Tools? Tool Deals? So do we. Sign up for our Newsletter!
It’s not ideal for all applications, but it’s convenient.
Crescent makes a couple of indexing pry bars, including a “bull bar”, and so does Gearwrench – also owned by Apex Tool Group.
I’m of the position that this tool isn’t for everyone, but if you think you could use it, there’s a good chance you’ll like it.
One Craftsman hammer I tested – I believe it was in-store – had a sticky pivot adjustment button, but I don’t remember experiencing that with my test sample. Sometimes indexing tools can be finicky, but I’ve always attributed that to a greater need for strength than delicate precision.
I mention the price as being “TBD,” because what I’m seeing on Amazon and Crescent – $32 on Amazon and $51+ via Crescent – is uncharacteristic. The Craftsman version has a “regular price” of $30, and its sale price is usually $18-20. I would predict that we’ll see the hammer at Home depot or Lowes at lower pricing – say $20.
If you don’t want to wait for the Crescent pricing to normalize, buy a Sears Craftsman model (although I’m less and less a fan of Sears these days) for $20 or less.