The Hammer, designed and crafted by John Paulding, is by far one of the most magnificent tools that we have ever laid our eyes upon. Still, merely describing The Hammer as a machinists hammer, as exemplary as it is, would never do it justice. Not just a tool, The Hammer is a work of art!
John Paulding’s motivation and drive to create The Hammer was born from the frustration over companies that pursue higher profits at the cost of quality, precision, and American jobs; from the dismay at how tools have become disposable, lifeless, and mundane; and from the sadness of how the art and pride of toolmaking has nearly been lost.
Made entirely in the USA, The Hammer is one man’s protest against the way things have become. Finely crafted from USA-made materials and with USA-made tools and tooling, The Hammer was meticulously designed and over-engineered to ensure that it could provide a lifetime of service.
The Hammer is no ordinary tool, it is an icon, one that represents the level of quality that can be still achieved in an era where many companies value greater profit margins and “competitive pricing” more than they do the design of their products.
Now that The Hammer has been properly introduced, we can take a closer look at its design and construction.
The Hammer is an interchangeable face machinist hammer intended for precision work where control and feedback are of utmost priority. A few such applications include: seating bearings, punching gaskets, driving pin punches, loading spindle bearings, engine assembly, center punching, firearm maintenance and repair, fixture adjustment, and aircraft repair – which is what the first prototype was actually designed for.
Included with the 8oz hammer are three faces with increasing hardness – extruded nylon (~118 Rockwell R-scale), 2024 aluminum (~120 Brinell), and 4130 chromoly steel (~197 Brinell). Brass faces are also available separately, as are replacement faces.
The shaft of The Hammer is composed of 7075-T6 aircraft grade aluminum, and is through-drilled for lightness and improved balance. The shaft is then shrink-fit (FN-5) mated to a 4130 aircraft grade chromoly steel head, into which face mounting screws are embedded.
This really is a majestic tool – just take a look at the above knurling pattern of one of the first prototypes! Can you tell that we really appreciate the beauty of The Hammer?
And how about this closeup of the finished head! The bronze-like color of the prototype hammer head is a result of a heat-expansion shrink fit process. Production versions do not develop this color as they instead undergo an improved shrink-fit process that utilizes liquid nitrogen to cool and contract the shaft.
The Hammer is currently priced at $129.90 + S/H, and is built to order on a first-come-first-serve basis. For ordering information or requests, please contact John Paulding at the following address: . If ordering, be sure to mention ToolGuyd to take advantage of any exclusive offers that may be extended to our readers.
Photo Credit: Thank you very much to John Paulding for his permission to use these photos of The Hammer.
I have no problem with saving up a bit to pay for a quality manufactured and passionately made tool.
A very fine hammer, indeed!
$130 for a custom made hammer with all those features is a real deal.
My hats off to John Paulding, a very nice hand crafted tool at a fair price, very rare.
Nice find ToolGuyd! Thanks
That is definitely a beautiful – and useful – tool. The maker’s skill is highly evident, as his attention to detail.
I purchased one of the pre-production models of this hammer from Paulding and consider it the finest of my tools, and I have no light weight assembly of tools… with PB Swiss, Snap On, and Wiha but to name 3 other brands in my toolbox. I love this hammer so much, that I ordered a 2nd one just incase John decides to stop making them as I can’t imagine he’s making a lot of money considering the time and materials that goes into one of these beauties. Go (no Run) out and get yourself one of these, but I have to warn you.. it will make all of your other tools jealous!
I don’t realy see the big deal… any amateur machinist could make that. They make it sound so godly.
The Paulding Hammer is indeed very cool. I had run an article on it for my site, http://www.CNCCookbook.com, and it got a lot of attention. I’ve added a link from that article to this review.
Sure, an amateur machinist could make a hammer similar to this one, and it would function.
But look at the polish a true professional can put on a tool. The guy who made this uses one every day, and knows what distinguishes a good tool from kludged-up scrap – and it shows.
I would like to order one but the e-mail address seems to be invalid.
can someone give me a valid e-mail address? or a valid link where I can get contact with John Paulding?
SO… The polish a tool has determines the quality….eesh
Nobody said that. I have a soft spot for user-created tools, especially good-looking ones, although I don’t use this type of tool enough to have budgeted for one at the time.
My shop project 1986
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Is the handle hollow, the knurled section of the handle? I’m asking because it seems very heavy as is.