Stanley has been working on some new high-performance vibration dampening compounds for well over a year now, and so it’s not a surprise that they have a whole new line of AntiVibe hammers ready to roll out.
My experience with Stanley’s AntiVibe hammers are limited to a 3-lb drilling hammer and a Bostitch steel hammer that I absolutely hate with every fiber of my being. The Bostitch hammer has this horrible tuning fork vibration dampening design that rings louder and louder with each nail strike.
Granted striking a nail with a hammer isn’t a quiet activity itself, but I can do without having incessant high-pitched ringing added on top of it.
Luckily, the new AntiVibe hammers seem to be designed to isolate and dampen vibrations via newly designed composite material handles.
For casual nailing tasks, I prefer to use an Estwing steel-handled hammer. According to related data provided by Stanley, my favored Estwing hammer handle has comparable vibration dampening performance to the single-piece Bostitch AntiVibe hammer handle I loathe so much. The new materials Stanley was working on a year ago had much higher performance than both of these hammers’ handles, and even titanium framing hammers.
The diagram here could be a little misleading, as it seems to compare just the in-development dampening compounds to hammer handle assemblies, which are sometimes multi-layered as in the case of these new AntiVibe hammers. In any case, Stanley seems convinced enough that the new compounds offer enough improvement to justify revamping their [entire?] AntiVibe hammer lineup.
As long as the new Stanley AntiVibe hammers don’t assault my hearing with high pitched squeals, I’m open to giving them a try.
One additional change that I am glad to see is that Stanley enhanced their axe-style handles a bit. Instead of the back end part of the handle being a little knobby, it’s flattened (in regard to the absence of a rear bump) and curved forward a bit, creating a more ergonomic-looking sweet spot for your hand.
The new hammers will be available in an assortment of sizes.
AntiVibe Hammers(via Amazon)