Awesome Hammers

Turning an Anvil into Thor’s Hammer

Turning an Anvil into Thor’s Hammer

Random Hands had an old anvil he used for blacksmithing tasks. When it was time to replace the rusty old thing, he chopped out a 40-pound chunk from its center and gradually reworked it into Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjölnir. Stick around to the end to see if he’s worthy and can lift it.

Hydraulic Press vs. Frozen Hammers

Hydraulic Press vs. Frozen Hammers

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel have been trying to get a hammer to explode under the crushing weight of their 150-ton press. Despite their best efforts, they couldn’t get it to happen. Will adding some liquid nitrogen help make their explosive dreams a reality? Hit play and find out.

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Forging a Dog Head Hammer

Forging a Dog Head Hammer

After building and restoring a number of power tools for their workshop, Black Beard Projects wanted to put them to use. In this video, see how they heated a thick steel rod and formed it into the head of an elegant Japanese-style tool known as a Dog Head hammer. We love the color of its heat-treated finish and burnt wood handle.

Whack-It Brass Mini Hammer

Whack-It Brass Mini Hammer
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This brass mini hammer from Barnett Prototyping is designed for tapping in nails in tight places where an ordinary hammer and handle won’t fit. It’s especially useful for things like pushing in cable staples along a baseboard, and also works as a nutcracker. Comes in 1.5″ long x 3/4″ diameter and 2″ long x 1″ diameter sizes.

Most Powerful Hammer

Most Powerful Hammer

You can run down to the Home Depot and pick up a tool that uses gunpowder or compressed air to drive nails. I Did a Thing tried his hand at building his own explosive-powered nail gun, but his looks like a hammer, plus, it’s much more dangerous than off-the shelf tools. Kids, don’t dance barefoot on your lathe.

MSR Stake Hammer

MSR Stake Hammer
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Quit driving tent stakes with rocks, and do it the right way with MSR’s modern stake hammer. It has a durable stainless steel head and lightweight aluminum handle and weighs just 11 oz. As a bonus, it has a built-in bottle opener so you can celebrate setting up your campsite. While you’re at it, grab some MSR Groundhog stakes.

Combar FoldAxe

Combar FoldAxe
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ACLIM8’s camping axe and hammer has a unique design that allows its head to pivot inward, protecting its sharp stainless steel blade edge when not in use. Its glass-reinforced nylon handle can be upgraded with optional modules including a drop-point knife and a folding saw. They also make an expensive titanium version.

Smashing Things with a 3-Ton Hammer

Smashing Things with a 3-Ton Hammer

The guys from How Ridiculous add a new weapon to their arsenal of destructive toys with the largest working hammer on the planet. They worked with DSM Consulting Engineers to build the 22-foot tool that can reset to its upright position using a hydraulic ram. Its 3-ton hammerhead brings the pain to anything in its way.

Blackout Hardcore Hammer 2.0

Blackout Hardcore Hammer 2.0
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A murdered-out version of the tough-as-nails Hardcore Hammer 2.0. It has a hefty 21 oz. steel head with an 18″ American hickory handle. Its head is made with a Ferritic Nitro-Carburizing (FNC) process which makes it incredibly hard. It has dual magnets for holding nails, and its waffle face keeps nails from slipping when struck.

The Fragility of Complexity

The Fragility of Complexity

Illustrating just how interdependent the world has become, artist Neil Mendoza built The Fragility of Complexity, a motorized, kinetic art installation composed of a row of hammers that rotate perilously close to a series of moving light bulbs. Neil says only a single light bulb was broken during its construction.

Anvil Into Mjolnir

Anvil Into Mjolnir

Thor’s mighty hammer can only be lifted by those who are worthy. Random Hands qualified for the feat by building their own Mjolnir, cutting apart an old bench anvil, attaching laser-cut decorations, lathing a metal handle, then covering it with wood and metal rings. Watching the grinder remove the old surface is so satisfying.

Adam Savage on Hammers

Adam Savage on Hammers

Unless you spend a lot of time making things, you might think a hammer is a hammer. But as expert builder Adam Savage explains, a properly-equipped workshop needs several very different kinds of hammers. We also recommend Adam’s book Every Tool’s a Hammer.

Forging a Hammer from Screws

Forging a Hammer from Screws

As we’ve seen before, blacksmith Dmitry Shevchenko (aka Shurap) loves to make things by melting down metal hardware. While he usually forges knives, this time he turned his attention to making a uniquely-textured hammer out of a bunch of screws.

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Rusty Bolt into Tiny Hammer

Rusty Bolt into Tiny Hammer

Artist Bobby Duke has been known to make little things out of other things. This time out, he took a big rusty bolt and worked away at it until it turned into the head of a miniature hammer. He got the wood from the handle of a full-size hammer for added realism.

Giant Wood Hammer

Giant Wood Hammer

After building a larger-than-life utility knife and a huge screwdriver, Jackman Works is adding another tool to his giant-sized collection. This time he made an Estwing hammer fit for Paul Bunyan, carving the 8-foot-long, 90 pound monster out of reclaimed southern yellow pine. We’re gonna need a bigger workbench.

The Iron Fist Hammer

The Iron Fist Hammer

After making an axe shaped like a hand, Dirk from The Metalist thought his tool collection could use another hand. Or, more precisely, a fist. In this video, Dirk takes an old sledgehammer and makes it look like a clenched fist, ready to deliver blows to any building materials that stand in its way.

Heikio Stubby Hammer

Heikio Stubby Hammer
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These compact claw hammers might not have the leverage or heft of traditional hand tools, but they’re great for working in tight spaces and small enough to carry in a pocket. Measuring just 4.7″ long and weighing only 8oz., you can even keep one in your EDC pack. Sold in sets of two.

Hammer Hits Nail Steel Business Card Holder

Hammer Hits Nail Steel Business Card Holder
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Fred Conlon’s whimsical metalwork is all over SLC, especially his mischievous monsters made from industrial scrap and old tools. “Proudly made in the USA from worldwide junk” is the Sugarpost motto. He really nailed it with office supplies like a pliers pen cup, wrench desk caddy, and Hammer Hits Nail business card holder.

Carbon Fiber Hammer Tacker

Carbon Fiber Hammer Tacker

DeWalt’s hammer tacker features a structure made from carbon fiber composite. This reduces weight by up to 45%, and its rubberized handle and ergonomic shape are designed to reduce vibration and impact on its user. It drives 5/16″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ heavy duty staples, and has an anti-jam mechanism.

GoPPa 16-in-1 Screwdriver

GoPPa 16-in-1 Screwdriver
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This multi-functional, light-duty hand tool is the perfect thing to keep in your car trunk or kitchen utility drawer. It combines a ratcheting screwdriver and nut driver with multiple bits, and doubles as a hammer and a bottle opener. It comes with a bonus flex extender for reaching difficult spots.

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Adventure Mate AM-V2 Camping Tool

Adventure Mate AM-V2 Camping Tool

The AM-V2 is a 5-in-1 hand tool for outdoor living. Its carbon fiber reinforced nylon handle connects with three different interchangeable heads to provide a shovel, axe, hammer, saw, and a tent-peg puller that doubles as a bottle opener. A 2-stage CAM lock ensures a secure connection between hammer and tool.

Book into Hammer

Book into Hammer

After reading Adam Savage’s book Every Tool’s a Hammer, maker Peter Brown was inspired to try and use the book itself as a hammer. To turn it into a useful tool, he had to coat each and every page of the book with resin to harden it into a sturdy laminate known as Micarta – often used for knife scales.

Fiskars IsoCore Tools

Fiskars IsoCore Tools
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Fiskars‘ modern series of hammers, sledgehammers, and mauls are designed to dramatically reduce shock and vibration, easing fatigue and injury risk, while increasing efficiency. Fiskars says their design produces up to 4X less shock than wood-handled tools.

Nail Dispensing Hammer

Nail Dispensing Hammer

Michael David Young’s patent-pending framing hammer can be loaded with sets of collated framing nails, which it can eject one at a time when you press a button on the side. It has a safety lock so that the hammer can be used like a traditional one.

Cutting Edge Magnetic Hammer

Cutting Edge Magnetic Hammer

JC Hammer’s Cutting Edge Magnetic Hammer is designed to be used with metal or plastic cap nails, roofing nails and drawing nails. It has a built-in utility knife with an easily replaceable blade, while its magnetic hammer head has an integrated claw.

Forging Damascus Hammers

Forging Damascus Hammers

Blacksmith Alec Steele and students training at his workshop provide a condensed look at how layers of molten steel are repeatedly smashed together, first by machine, then by hand to create a pair of stunning damascus hammers.

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