Kobalt has come out with a new 16 oz. checkered face rip hammer that they say drives nails like a 28 oz. framing hammer.
The high-velocity steel hammer arena is filling in fast. There’s Dewalt’s MIG-welded hammers (V2 is on the way), Vaughan’s new Stealth hammers, and Estwing’s new Ultra hammers. Kobalt’s high velocity hammer design is similar, in how it features reduced head weight and a slimmed-down shaft.
Kobalt engineered the hammer to be forged from one piece of steel, for higher strength and durability.
- 1-piece steel construction
- Large checkered face
- Straight ripping claw (better for demolition work)
- Bi-material slip-resistant handle material
- Tempered rim for reduced chipping and spalling
- Magnetic nail starter
Buy Now(via Lowes)
Item # 116570
Model # 62754
Swinging the hammer in the air at my local Lowes, the handle felt quite comfortable, and the swing was a swift as I expected from a high velocity design.
What I didn’t quite like is the lack of consistency in the quality. The hammer I was looking over had dried glue spilled out from its cavity. Looking at the others in the rack, one had a magnet that was seated noticeable below the surface, and one had a magnet that was protruding from its hole. Only one of the hammers had a flush magnet and with no glue spill-off.
I liked the feel of the hammer – at least as much as I could tell without using it on a series of nails – and its $30 price doesn’t seem too high. I also appreciate that Kobalt is keeping up with competitors.
Aside from the nail starter magnet issue, the hammer’s design and build quality seemed quite good for the price. Country of origin is China.