A claw hammer is possibly the most commonly purchased hammer in the construction industry. Similar to a ball peen hammer, they're often found in the hands of woodworkers or construction workers and are mostly used to drive in nails - the claw end being used to extract badly placed or obsolete nails.
Heavy duty ones tend to the preferred weight - anywhere from a 16 oz hammer up to 20 oz. Handles can be a straight wooden shaft, metal with a rubber grip or a combination of a metal top shaft with wood being the lower half. Generally they're constructed from forged steel, though there are toughened fiberglass examples available.
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