9 different Types of Hammer and Their uses

Most common home-use hammers are nail, ripping, finishing, ball peen, tack, hand drilling, sledge and soft face.You need to Learn about these 9 different types of hammer and their uses.

9 different Types of Hammer :

  1. Bell Face Hammer
  2. Plain Face Nail Hammer
  3. Octagon Nail Hammer
  4. Hand Drilling Hammer
  5. Ball Peen Hammer
  6. Curved Claw Hammer
  7. Straight Claw Hammer
  8. Bricklayer Hammer
  9. Tacking Hammer

Curved Claw Hammer and Straight claw hammer

is used most often in a home for general carpentry and house hold chores. It should be used only with non-hardened, common or finishing nails. The curved claw offers leverage in removing nails and can also cradle a 2×4.

The Shape, size, weight of hammer is very important while choosing hammers as there are different sizes of hammers for different jobs.
the sizes available with curved claw :

  • Common head weights are 7 oz.
  • light duty driving; 10 oz.
  • cabinetmakers 13 oz
  • householders 16 oz.
  • general usage 16 oz
  • heavy crating or framing 20 oz.

The Straight claw comes in 10-, 12-, 16,20-, 24-, 28- and 32-oz weights.

Straight claw hammers are with milled or checkered faces to grip the nail head and reduce the effect of glancing blows and flying nails.

Handles are made of Wood,fiberglass,solid steel and graphite material, length of the handle will be 13″ to 18″. Each handle offers different combination of Grip and stiffness, for effectively to deliver force of the blow to target. When hit the target shock,stress need to observe by handle. Wooden handle absorb some degree of shock. fiberglass,solid steel and graphite handle absorbs shock but need cushioned for secure grip and comfort.
Steel handles are the heaviest, while wood-handled hammers are the lightest and least expensive

Ball Peen Hammers :

are used with small shank, cold chisels for cutting and chipping work, rounding over rivet ends, forming unhardened metal work and similar jobs not involving nails. The striking face diameter should be approximately 3/8″ larger than the diameter of the head of the object being struck.
The hammer is designed with a regular striking face on one end and a rounded or half ball or peen on the other end taking the place of a claw. The hammer face is heavier than the peen end. Hammer sizes range from 2 oz. to 48 oz. Twelve and 16 oz. are most popular.


for extremely heavy jobs where great force is required. Hammer has handles ranging from 14″ to 36″ and heavy heads that weigh from 2lbs. to 20 lbs. Sledges can be double or single face. with lighter, balanced, reinforced plastic handles for easier use and better weight distribution.

Mallets Hammer have head of rubber, plastic, wooden or raw hide heads and are used to drive chisels or hammer joints together.
A variety of mallet shapes and sizes for specific tasks. A carpentry mallet with an angled head provides a natural strike resulting in less wrist and arm fatigue. A shop mallet with an octagonal head is used for flat strikes, while a pestle-shaped mallet with a round horizontal strike is generally used with a chisel or other carving tools. A rawhide mallet is used in furniture assembly, shaping soft sheet metals or any task that requires non-marring blows.

Riveting hammers to set rivets; setting hammers to close and open seams and dress edges in tin work.
straight and cross-peen hammers for riveting, stretching and bending metal; scaling and chipping hammers for general chipping in welding and cleaning torch cuts; brick hammers for cutting and setting brick .

Dead blow hammers that contain lead shot for additional power and reduced tendency to bounce

Tile hammers to set tile. Others include

Soft-face hammers for assembling furniture and wood projects and setting dowels

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