If It’s Hammer-time, They’ve Got The Answer

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. Had it been a metal-handled tool instead of wood this demonstration would have been more difficult to accomplish but, either way, the point would be made. Fortunately it WAS a wooden handle and was soon replaced, rendering the hammer useable once again. This taught the young carpenter to learn the proper method of holding a framing hammer, which in turn improved his technique, power and speed. Tools are something that, if well made are usually going to be fairly expensive to buy but if not well made are basically worthless. No one who uses a tool frequently is going to want it to be some substandard replica of the ‘real’ thing. Poorly made, cheap tools are difficult to work with, frustrating and dangerous. Their only redeeming quality is that they’re cheap to buy but here, the term ‘you get what you pay for’ holds true in more ways than one. Hammers come in numerous designs and fulfill any number of functions. The best hammers are still made in the U.S.A. and Estwing Hammers are a perfect example. Their patented innovations in design and proprietary shock reduction grip produce, perhaps, the most ergonomic hammers made. Another top-quality manufacturer producing the best of the best is Stiletto. Stiletto Hammers are 45% lighter than typical tools of the same size and yet, even with this weight difference they still provide an equal striking force. And, because they’re constructed of titanium, they produce 10 times less recoil shock than a normal hammer. 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. Bob Proctor has been writing articles since 2006 and is an expert on hydraulic cable cutter, however he also likes to write about stiletto hammer

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