Best Club (Lump) Hammer - UK Reviews
In this article we review, what we believe to be the best club hammers, currently available on the UK marketplace.These are also referred to as "lump hammers," or even as a "baby sledge hammer." It really depends which part of the UK that you live in, what this hammer gets called. One of my favourite names for it is, "the leveller."
As you can see, there are quite a few names for this one. Often is is called a "Thor hammer" and even a crack hammer. In essence it is a small or miniature sledge hammer. It has a short handle and a weighted head, and the head is the same on both sides. This is often referred to as a double face.
These are really good when working in confined areas, where you can not get the full swing of a normal sledge hammer.
There are quite a few of these available as you will see when you read on. Just before we do that, it is worth just a little time to explain, what they are and what they are used for.
What Is a Club Hammer Used For?
This particular style of hammer has three main uses. These are:
- Light demolition work such as knocking down walls
- Often used for driving in masonry nails
- Used along with a steel chisel to break blocks, stone and some metals
It is a useful hammer to have around the home, but only if you plan on doing heavier types of work. It is of course very popular on building sites and with most construction workers. They are very useful when working with a cold chisel or a bolster chisel.
Many people also use it to drive tent pegs into the ground.
Top 5 Rated Club 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.
As you can see, these are not very expensive to buy. They are very handy if you need to work on fence posts, knocking down old structures, and general working on masonry. I have a couple of these and have used them a lot more than I ever thought I would have.
Club (Lump) 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 1 Choice - Faithfull FiGLass Club Hammer 2.5Lb Review
- 1.2 Kg or 2.5 lb hammer
- Fibreglass handle
- Measures 26.5 x 9.2 x 4.9 cm
- Tested for weight tolerance, steel ingredients, crack testing, measured hardness, manufacturing processes, and heat treatment
No 2 Choice - Silverline HA37 Fibreglass Lump Hammer, 2 lb Review
- Forged steel powder coated head
- Fibreglass handle with rubber grip for shock absorption
- Classed as a 2 lb hammer and also available as a 4 lb hammer
- Low vibration
No 3 Choice - Blackspur BB-HM161 Club Hammer with Fibreglass Shaft Review
- Has an 8" fibreglass shaft with a rubber grip
- 1.1 Kg or 2 lb hammer
- A drop forged head
- Approved to BS 876:1995
- Feels nice and solid
No 4 Choice - Stanley 156001 Anti-Vibe Lump / Club Hammer 3lb Review
- One pieced forged construction for additional extra strength
- Anti-vibration technology
- Has a wide face for much better contact
- Has a soft rubber grip
- Measures 28 x 10 x 4 cm
No 5 Choice - Silverline 245033 Hardwood Lump Hammer - 2 lb Review
- Hardwood shaft
- 2 lb hammer
- Forged steel powder coated head
- Absorbs shock really well
Club Hammer Buying Guide
Like many hammers, these come in a variety of styles. As you would expect, they also come in a variety of weights. In terms of cost, the average lump hammer will set you back around £10. They are made by tool brands such as Stanley, Blackspur, Roughnect, Faithfull, Am-Tech and many more.
What Weights of Club Hammer Are Available?
The most popular weights are:
- 2 lb
- 2.5 lb
- 3 lb
- 4 lb
What Are Club Hammers Made From?
They will all have a hardened steel head for various reasons. The traditional club hammer would have a wooden shaft or handle. More and more though, that is being replaced with a fibre glass handle, which is then covered with a rubber grip.
Video - How to Use a Club Hammer and Bolster To Split Bricks & Blocks
I found this useful video, which explains one of the important uses for this type of hammer.
These hammers are heavy, and as they have a short handle, it is all too easy to get a lot of vibration back into the arms when swinging one of these. That is why many people are moving to fibreglass. That does help a lot when it comes to dampening down the level of vibration you get.
Club Hammer Construction
The most popular construction is a two part construction. That is essentially a powder coated steel head and then a handle. The head is then attached to the handle. The handle can be wooden but more and more fibreglass is being used.
The other and better option is a single piece forged head, which then usually has a rubber style of ergonomic fibreglass handle. These also tend to be more expensive. That would be the case with the Stanley one on our list. That type of hammer will last longer, but you do pay more for that.
One of the most important features, that you should look for in a club hammer, is balance. Any hammer should feel well balanced in your hand when using it. That has to do with balancing the weight of the head, with the length of the shaft.
Most manufacturers get this right. These club hammers will always feel that bit heavier in the head, but after all, that is the point of owning one.