A couple of days ago I found myself walking the aisles at the local Sears, checking to see if I missed anything new or exciting. Nope, not yet. Over in the hammers, mallets, and striking tools section, this Dead On Steel framing hammer caught my eye.
What interested me most was the carved-out head. Given the age of the design, this was probably done for looks, but possibly not.
The latest hammer design trend is to shave off as much material from the handle and head as possible, as in these high velocity hammers by Dewalt, Estwing, Kobalt, and Vaughan, with the idea that a faster swinging hammer delivers greater punch with less fatigue.
I wouldn’t call this a high speed hammer, but it does swing a little easier than standard framing hammers.
There wasn’t much useful information on the hammer or packaging card, but a quick Google search told me that this is a 22oz model. Apparently there are 16oz versions as well.
While my initial impression was neutral if not optimistic, a look at the few online reviews for these hammers changed all that.
Dead On makes some nice tools, and this one might deserve the benefit of the doubt, but it can be hard to tell which of their designs are practical and which are better suited as film props.
Buy Now(via Amazon) (But I probably wouldn’t.)