Most of us are used to the common hammer, and very few people actually know just how many different types of hammer, are actually available on the UK market.
By far the most popular is the humble claw hammer. You will find at least one of those in most homes in the UK.
Understanding Hammer Construction
The hammer has been around for a very long time, and over the years the basic shape and design has not changed. Back in the day the handles were made from wood.
The most popular woods used were either ash or hickory.
These days that has changed and most hammers today are made with a fibreglass handle. The reason for this is that they last longer. More importantly though fibreglass can absorb the shock from the hammer blow better.
This type of handle is also lighter, more durable and stronger.
Many hammers, the better ones, are forged from a single piece of metal. The handle is then covered with a rubber grip. These hammers are very strong and very well balanced.
The head of the hammer is almost always made of metal and most commonly a polished hardened steel.
Which Type of Hammer Should You Buy?
This is the big question for most people. There are a few different styles available. Below we have described each of them, and more importantly what they are used for.
Most buyers will probably never need anything more, than the good old claw hammer.
However, in this article, we are going to show you the full range of hammers, and explain the purpose for each of them. You might be surprised about just how many there are. Here is a very good video, on the many types of hammers available.
So hopefully, you are now much better informed about the wide range of hammers available, and what they are used for. Most people will want to own a claw hammer, a small pin hammer and some type of mallet.
If you plan on doing some work in the garden, then a sledge hammer is also a handy tool to have.