A hammer is the workhorse of any tool bench so it’s important to have a good one. The failings of flimsy, modern versions of the ancient tool includes loose construction that sends the head flying off; unevenly distributed weight that leaves the claw function woefully impotent; or inadequate shock absorption that results in even the most rugged carpenter’s hand wringing in pain.
The Estwing avoids the common pitfalls of modern hammers. Forged from a single solid piece of steel, there are no separate parts that can become dangerously unhinged. A bound leather handle absorbs shock. The steel is perfectly balanced. It’s an understated tool that hearkens to a simpler time — one of rugged craftsmanship and personal industry.