If you’re not an expert or professional craftsman, how do you know which hammer is right for which job?
Did you know there are actually many different types of hammers, each with a special purpose?
Choosing the right hammer will pay off in the long run by doing a better job, faster, and safer.
Below we have listed the most popular hammer types to help in the decision of which to use:
- Common Nail Hammer With Curved Claw - used for general carpentry work and, of course, nail pulling.
- Rip Hammer With Straight Claw - used for general and heavy carpentry work, framing, ripping.
- Finishing Hammer - used for cabinet making, finishing, general carpentry.
- Ball Pein Hammer - used for riveting, center punching, and bending or shaping soft metal.
- Hand Drilling Hammer - used for powerful work such as striking masonry nails, steel chisels and masonry drills.
- Soft-face Hammer - for assembling furniture and wood projects, setting dowels, and any task which requires non-marring blows.
- Tack Hammer - used to drive small nails, furniture upholstering and more.
- Brick Hammer - designed for cutting and setting bricks of blocks, and for chipping mortar.
- Drywall (Wallboard) Hammer - used for drywall work, marking wallboard, making cutouts, sets nails with dimple for easier finishing, corner nailing (in some versions).
- Carpenter's Mallet - for use in furniture assembly, shaping soft sheet metals or any project that requires non-marring blows.