Buying a hammer for the first time may be confusing for the beginning DIY person as there are many different types of hammers on the market.
For example these include:
- claw hammer,
- tack hammer
- ball peen hammer
- sledge hammer
Each hammer is designed for a specific purpose.
Over the years I have accumulated a number of different hammers – claw hammers, tack hammer, sledge hammers, wooden and rubber mallets.
When buying a hammer take into consideration the following points.
- Does the hammer feel comfortable in your hand and not too heavy or large?
- Is there muscle tension in your arm after a few minutes?
- Will you be able to use it for hours on end if necessary without getting an aching arm?
The claw hammer commonly comes with a steel head and either a wood, fibreglass/composite or steel handle.