Magna-Matic has come out with a new dead-blow precision machinist hammer, model PSDB1. This is a CNC-machined steel hammer that is said to be a serious hammer for serious work, and Magna-Matic also says it’s the world’s only all-steel hammer of its kind.
Also check out their new precision screwdriver!
5 years ago, a GJ forum member produced small scale batches of a beautiful machinist hammer. It seems he stopped making and selling them. There were plenty of buyers for the $130 hammer, but maybe he just couldn’t find the time. This new Magna-Matic hammer reminds me of Paulding’s, but only smaller and available for a fraction of the price.
The hammer comes with three faces – brass, hardened steel, and Delrin plastic. Two attach to the hammer head, and one attaches to the bottom of the handle. All three faces can be screwed to any of the three positions.
Any of the interchangeable tips can be screwed into the bottom of the handle for when only a gentle tapping force is needed.
Each interchangeable face comes with an o-ring to help ensure they don’t back off or loosen during use.
Inside the hammer head, a powder coated solid steel slug provides the dead-blow action that multiplies the striking force. It should also help reduce recoil and vibrations.
The one shown here has a silver powder coated finish, and there is also one with a black zinc finish, and one with a green zinc finish.
Replacement hammer faces are available for $6-9. Additional (optional) faces are also available, such as one with a cone-point steel tip and one with a round nose steel tip. Those are $9 each. I’m told that a rawhide head will also be available later in 2015.
I really like how this machinist hammer was designed to have 3 positions for the interchangeable faces – this feature could be very handy for tasks that require gentle or more controlled force. It looks to have the same nice knurling as the screwdriver too.
If you don’t need dead-blow functionality all the time, why not take the steel slug out of the tool? That makes this a 2-in-1 machinist hammer. Maybe the steel slug can be stored in the handle, and if not maybe they’ll read this and consider the idea.
Price: $55.49 (silver), $56.49 (green, black)