Best Claw Hammers - UK Reviews
In this article we review, what we believe to be the best claw hammer, currently available on the UK marketplace. One thing is certain, there are plenty of hammers to pick from. To make that task a great deal easier, we have reviewed, and then rated them based on information from real life buyers.
There are many different types of hammers on the market, and a claw hammer is just one type. It is however the most popular choice for most home owners. The name comes from the fact that it has a claw looking structure, that is used for removing nails.
Hammers also come in different weights, different grips and are often made from different materials. Claw hammers are used to drive in nails as well as pull up nails from wood and even pry up old floorboards.
Parts of a Hammer
The head of a claw hammer head has three main parts
- The head of the hammer
- The claw of the hammer
- The adze eye
The head of the hammer is going to be the most used part as that is what is used to hit nails and drive them into place.
The claw as it is known, will have a space between its two parts. That is then used to act pretty much like a lever. The claw will grip onto things as you use your prying action. Almost always the claw is used to pull old nails out of wood or nails that have been driven into wood incorrectly
However, these claws are powerful, and can even be used to pull up floorboards. Some cheaper claw hammers will however bend at the claw and shaft if too much pressure is placed on it.
Most users will never have heard of the name "the adze eye." It is however one of the most important parts of a claw hammer, and in fact serves a very important purpose.
This is the part where the hammer head is attached to the handle. Usually a wooden wedge is driven into the slit at the top of the handle. That makes the top of the handle expand, making the hammerhead fit on snugly.
Top 5 Rated Claw Hammers
Just below you will find an easy to read table, where we have placed the hammers in order. The order we have used is the highest buyer rated first. In other words we have placed the claw hammers in order of what buyers judged their quality to be.
We have also included average UK prices, but be aware that these are always subject to change. Always check on the exact date and time when you are making any purchase. The ratings we update on a regular weekly basis.
You can click on each image to see a larger version. You can also click the "Read More" button, where we have done a more detailed and extensive claw hammer review.
Stanley Fibreglass 20oz claw hammer
Stanley Fibreglass 16oz claw hammer
Blue Spot 26143 16oz Claw Hammer
Stanley STA151277 570g FatMax
Rolson 10334 8 oz Tubular Steel Claw Hammer
As I mentioned earlier, there are many claw hammers to pick from. Above we have shown you the five, that get the highest buyer ratings. You can also see from this, that the famous Stanley tool brand, is by quite a way, the most popular choice.
Claw Hammer Summary Reviews
Underneath, we have completed short and concise reviews, on these top 5 products. That way you can see at a glance, which one is the best choice for you.
No 2 Choice - Stanley Fibreglass Curved Claw Hammer 450 g/16 oz 1-51-529 [Energy Class A]
- The classic style of claw hammer
- Has a fibreglass handle with rubber grip
- Fully polished carbon steel head, that has been heat treated and fully tempered
- Measures 3.5 x 33 x 12.8 cm
- Classed as a 16 ounce hammer (450 grams)
No 3 Choice - Blue Spot 26143 16oz Claw Hammer
- Hardened steel head
- Has a 70% fibreglass handle
- Measures 36 x 14 x 3.2 cm
- Classed as a 16 ounce hammer (450 grams)
- Feels nice and solid
- Great value for money
No 4 Choice - Stanley STA151277 570g FatMax Anti-Vibe All Steel Curved Claw Hammer
- Part of the Antivibe frame hammer range
- Has a milled face for extra strength
- Slight curve crawl for easier nail removal
- Measures 31.7 x 3.3 x 15 cm
- Classed as a 20 ounce hammer (570 grams)
- One piece forged construction for better balance
No 5 Choice - Rolson 10334 8 oz Tubular Steel Claw Hammer
- Available in 8 ounce, 16 ounce and 20 ounce sizes - prices vary
- Made of tubular steel
- Polished steel head
- Measures 27 x 11 x 3 cm
Some buyers will prefer just a simple and small claw hammer. They may only have to tap a few nails in every now and then. or do a light bit of hammering. For those buyers something like a stubby claw hammer will do the job.
Rolson 10019 Stubby Claw Hammer Review
- Made from high grade carbon steel
- Soft rubber grip
- Magnetised nail holder
- Measures 15 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm and weighs 286 grams (10 ounces)
Claw Hammer Buying Guide
Most buyers will already know what a claw hammer is, and what it is used for. We thought however it might be worth an explanation, to those who are not familiar with the term.
The popular claw hammer is mainly used for hammering nails into wood. The claw end is then used to help remove nails from wood, or other materials. Primarily this is used for woodworking and also in general construction and building.
It is not the right hammer for hitting metal surfaces such as steel. A hammer such as the ball pein hammer is a much better choice for that.
The easiest way to describe this hammer, is that it is the most popular choice for general work.
Video - How to Pick the Right Claw Hammer for Your Needs
I found this useful video, which is especially helpful if you are a young person, and not exactly sure which type of hammer is best for you. If that is the case, then this one is well worth a watch.
The Weight of a Claw Hammer
A popular question asked, is what is the best weight for a claw hammer. The most commonly used and indeed purchased is the 16 ounce (450 grams). That is enough for almost everyone. There are some people who like a slightly heavier hammer, and those buyers will go for a 20 ounce hammer. (570 grams)
Claw Hammer Construction
The most popular construction is a two part construction. That is essentially a steel head and then a handle. The head is then attached to the handle. The other and better option is a single piece forged head, which then usually has a rubber style of ergonomic handle. These also tend to be more expensive.
Some professionals prefer this heavier style of hammer, mainly those who do woodworking. With the heavier 20 ounce hammers, you don't need as many taps to drive the nail in. This is of course beneficial for those who use a hammer on a very regular basis.
The fourth choice on our list above is a classic heavier framing hammer.
Which Claw Hammer Should You Buy?
Standard Claw or Finish Hammer
Most buyers should purchase the standard claw hammer. This is also referred to as a "finish hammer." It will have a smooth polished steel face, and a light head (less than 20 ounces). All of the claw hammers on our list above, except number 4, fit into this category.
It will also have a handle length of less than 16 inches. In addition to that it will have the curved claw for easy nail removal.
Framing Hammer (Rip Hammer)
For heavier work, such as fencing, nailing sheets of wood, a framing hammer is the better choice. The handle on these is up to 18 inches long, and has a straighter claw. This type of claw is used for prying apart pieces of wood.
The head typically weighs 20 ounces or more, and it will have a milled face that helps grip nail heads tightly. It also adds a lot more weight when hitting the top of a nail. As such it will need less hammer blows.
Claw Hammer vs Nail Gun
There are quite a few people who say, just buy a nail gun instead of buying a hammer. I would have to disagree with that, and allow me to explain why. Nail guns are of course a very useful tool, but really only required, if you are doing a large project, or working with wood on a daily basis.
Even then a hammer can still be the best option. For repetitive work nail guns really will save you a lot of time. You do need to have them loaded and ready for action. Sometimes it is just handier, to pull out the hammer and tap a few nails in.
Straight Claw or Curved Claw?
One end of the hammer has a pretty obvious use. That is you can whack nails in with it. However when you look at the other end of the hammer, you will find a claw.
Now that claw can either have a curve or be relatively straight. So I guess the question is, which is actually best. The curved claw is a better option for extracting nails. That is because it gives you a great deal more leverage, thanks to the angle of the claw.
The straight edge is better for things like prising up planks, splitting wood to make sticks, tearing down plasterboard, and even for digging small holes.
Claw Hammer Safety
The actual claw element of the hammer is essentially used as a lever. In all claw hammers this claw part has a notch which is used to help remove nails from timber. The claw is inserted under the head of the nail until it catches. This can often take a fair bit of jiggling around to grip the head of the nail.
Once it does though, the nail is then levered out by pulling back on the handle and using the curve of the claw as the fulcrum. The claw of the hammer is also used to lever up floorboards, or planks. Care is needed though, as excessive use can stress the join between the head and handle. If too much pressure is applied the hammer can bend and even break.