A ball peen hammer is known under a variety of names - ball pein hammer and peen hammer to name a couple. It's a duel ended-hammer - one side rounded, the other a flat edged cylindrical shape and they're a general purpose hand tool. They can be used to strike another tool - such as a chisel, and/or for tacking, shaping and straightening, and come in a variety of weights.
Handles can be wood, rubberized or hardened fiberglass. Then there's soft or hard faced - which relates to the head. This is where you need to make the right choice. A hard faced head is virtually indestructible and manufactured from heavy gauge alloy or steel. Soft faced are less durable in the long term, made from lead and brass or even reinforced plastics.
The five best ball peen hammers are featured below. Popular, best sellers and all offer the typical return on investment that we want from our hand and power tools.