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Awesome Hammers

Stop, Hammer Time.

Stop, Hammer Time.

If you’re not careful hammering nails, you can really smash your fingers. But Veysel Çelik has his nailing technique down to a science. We watched in awe as the professional builder banged in nail after nail in exactly the right spot with just a tap and a hit every time.

Handmade Steel Sledgehammer

Handmade Steel Sledgehammer
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Given how beautiful this sledgehammer looks, we’re not sure we’d hit anything with it. The 10-pound steel hammer is handmade by Joseph’s Metal Works. Its bronze-accented head is filled with steel shot BBs, with a torched patina and a protective clear coat. Deerskin leather wraps around its metal handle.

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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.

Skil Power Core Auto Hammer

Skil Power Core Auto Hammer
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If you’ve ever had to hammer a nail in a tight space, you’ll appreciate Skil’s cordless power hammer. It can drive nails up to 3.5″ long with its percussive action. A magnet holds nails for one-handed driving, and its head adjusts between 0º, 45º, and 90º angles. Includes a 2.0Ah lithium battery and a quick charger. Demo video here.

Vaughan RAGE Demolition Multitool

Vaughan RAGE Demolition Multitool
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This versatile hand tool facilitates several demolition tasks in one. Its uniquely-shaped head and handle can grab and yank out 2x4s, extract nails, chisel and punch holes in building materials, and more. It’s also got a built-in magnetic nail holder and a soft, injection-molded handle that provides a firm grip and absorbs shock.

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.

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.

Smashing More Stuff with a Giant Hammer

Smashing More Stuff with a Giant Hammer

A while back, the guys from How Ridiculous built a stupidly large hammer for smashing stuff. To kick off their latest round of hammer-induced carnage, they used it to drive a giant nail into the ground. Then they used it to screenprint a bunch of t-shirts, launch some baseballs, play a piano, and crack open an ATM.

Forging a Titanium Hammer

Forging a Titanium Hammer

Titanium is just as strong as steel but weighs about 45% less, making it ideal for pocket tools. But hammers depend on their heavy steel heads to drive nails effectively. Regardless of the reduction in driving force, Timothy Dyck’s titanium framing hammer looks amazing, especially with its accidental rainbow anodized finish.

Dropping the Giant Thor’s Hammer on Stuff

Dropping the Giant Thor’s Hammer on Stuff

Recently, The Hacksmith and his team built what is likely the world’s largest Thor’s hammer. At the end of that video, he promised they would drop it from a crane to smash things, and now we can share that footage. Among 2-ton Mjolnir’s victims were watermelons, a washing machine, a piano, and a pickup truck.

World’s Largest Thor’s Hammer

World’s Largest Thor’s Hammer

The Hacksmith spent more than the cost of Tesla Model S to make the world’s largest Thor’s hammer. His team fabricated the enormous Mjolnir by painstakingly welding numerous sheets of steel. It measures more than 15 feet tall when standing on its head. Watching it get dipped into the galvanizing tanks was amazing.

Making a Steel Hammer from Washers

Making a Steel Hammer from Washers

Hammers typically have a solid metal or wood handle and a solid metal head. But this unique hand tool by Hassan Abu-Izmero (with the help of his trainee Damian) conceals that structure under dozens of stainless steel washers welded together. The washers appear to be purely aesthetic, but they sure look cool.

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.

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Solid Copper Sledgehammer

Solid Copper Sledgehammer

Given how soft copper is, it seems like an unlikely material for a sledgehammer. But it sure looks pretty, so that’s probably why Robinson Foundry decided to make one out of the eye-catching metal. To fabricate it, he first created a 3D-printed form for a sand mold, then filled it with molten copper and machined its final shape.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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