Top Claw Hammer Reviews

by Tested_to_Destruction

A claw hammer is a must-have hand tool in the construction industry. The five best claw hammers, compared and reviewed.

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.

The five best are featured below - best selling, top value for money and the most highly rated by other users overall.

Stanley 51-621 16-Ounce Curve Claw Fiberglass Hammer

This is the best selling claw hammer and comes from Stanley. They're known for their quality hand and power tools and generally - they get it right. Which they did with this one. A sturdy heavy gauge steel head, that's been rim tempered to reduce chipping, and a good solid fiberglass handle.

The handle does exactly what Stanley say it does - you get a reduction in the amount of vibration when striking. The textured rubber grip gives you a comfortable hold and the slight outward curve at the handle's base stops it from running out of your hand. Overall a well designed quality hammer and currently on offer at a steal of a deal.

Stanley 51-621 16-Ounce Curve Claw Fiberglass Hammer

Forged high carbon steel head for durability. Fiberglass handle absorbs shocks and vibrations. Diamond pattern grip.

$14.98  $10.00

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The Original Pink Box PB12HM 12-Ounce Claw Hammer

This is the best pink claw hammer - and one for the ladies. Or men, if you like your tools looking pretty and all. The head is made from the usual stuff - reinforced heavy grade steel, and the handle is manufactured from fiberglass.

The pink rubberized grip is both comfortable to hold and aesthetically pleasing on the eye - and will probably stop the guys from nicking it when you're back is turned. It's a solid 12 oz of smashing and striking power and of course it also combines the useful claw facility. Well made, up to industry standard - and under ten bucks. If you've got a female DIYer or construction worker around you - this is the one to buy.

Estwing E20S 20-ounce Straight Claw Leather Handle Hammer

Another great example of a professional grade hammer - this one from Estwing. This one's a one piece - forged from head through to handle out of heavy gauge steel - with the handle being nicely wrapped up in a leather jacket.

The design and manufacture make this one good enough to meet with ASNME standards and it's certainly got a good feel to it. It's well balanced considering the weight, and strikes without appearing to chip. The leather, though not a common choice for the grip, is surprisingly good - it absorbs the shock when you strike - as well as oils etc that occur on the hand. Manufactured to last a lifetime - well worth the purchase price.

Estwing E20S 20-ounce Straight Claw Leather Handle Hammer

20 OZ Straight Claw Ripping Hammer, Head and Handle Are 1 Piece Of Solid Steel, Genuine Sole Leather Grips and Washer.

$53.03  $24.84

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Plumb 11436 16 -Ounce Premium Hickory Autograf Curved Claw Hammer

If you want a good old fashioned wood handled claw hammer - the Plumb will serve you nicely. This one's a 16oz hammer, and it's also available in both a 13 and 20oz weight. The head is typically manufactured - solid forged steel, polished with a pole that's an octagon shape. It's balanced well enough, which aids it's striking ability and it's nicely finished with a solid wood hickory handle.

Often the preferred choice, hickory naturally absorbs impact and providing the handle is correctly secured to the head, you end up with a hammer that was built to last. Quality finish, good choice of hammer - great affordable price tag.

Plumb 11436 16 -Ounce Premium Hickory Autograf Curved Claw Hammer

Full polished forged head, octagon neck. Tested red hickory handle provides 2 grip positions. Permabond keeps handle tight. No. 11 438: 13 oz. claw, 12 1 2" long No. 11 436: ...

$26.96  $15.27

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MAXCRAFT 60626 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer

This is the best selling small claw hammer - and perfect for when space is limited or for small hands. The head is solid steel and it's an 8 oz hammer, so good for light to moderate work,. The handle is well designed and covered with rubber - that's soft on the hand yet affords a good hold when you're in a rhythm.

It's only 6 1/2" long and really is a great hand tool for when you're needing to strike or remove something - and there's a distinct lack of room to maneuver. In all, well made, nice quality, useful and good to work with - and only around 12 bucks. Grab yourself a bargain.

MAXCRAFT 60626 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer

Full Size 8 oz. Drop Forged Steel Claw Heat , Soft, Non-Slip, Contoured Handle Grip, Stubby 6-Inch Length for Small Jobs or Tight Work Areas.

$10.56  $3.25

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Updated: on 03/01/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
 
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