By Bob Proctor
My Dad used to tell a story when I was young, about his days as an apprentice carpenter. He’d developed the habit of holding his hammer halfway up the handle when working, feeling this technique gave him somewhat more control. At one point his boss came over to him, pulled the hammer from his grip and proceeded to saw the tool in half. The lesson was soon obvious.
A metal-handled hammer would have made this demonstration somewhat more difficult but the effect would have been the same. Half a hammer doesn’t work real well. After a day the hammer was repaired (by replacing the damaged handle with a new one) and Dad was coaxed through this experience to learn the proper way of holding this kind of tool. As a result, his speed, accuracy and power were all improved.
A well-made tool may seem fairly expensive when compared to a low-cost imitation but the difference in use and function is significant. Those who make their living using hand tools will gladly pay the extra to have something that actually works and works well. Good tools should last a lifetime and the best ones will be guaranteed to do just that.
The finest hammers made still come from the U.S. and there are some good ones, in every style and for every purpose imaginable. Estwing Hammers are a good example of how tools should be made and have come to be known as the most ergonomic models on the market. Their patented designs have brought innovation to the field and their shock resistant grip is unique and provides incredible comfort when compared to their cheap cousins.
Another top of the line producer, the maker of Stiletto Hammers, is another American company dominant in the market. Because their tools are fashioned from lightweight titanium they weigh less than half of what a normal hammer weighs yet still deliver and equal striking force. They also deliver one-tenth the recoil shock.
This recoil shock is no small thing if your job involves swinging a hammer all day. Carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow are common complaints among hammer-swinging tradesmen or craftsmen and these hammers significantly reduce the cause of these problems. They are undeniably the best there is.
One of my favorite sayings and one that has served me well is, “Cheap things aren’t good and good things aren’t cheap.” This is especially appropriate when considering the purchase of a hand tool such as a hammer. Spend a little more. Get a WHOLE LOT more for your money.
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