Hammers and mallets are essential to any shop, whether you're a professional or a DIY'er like myself. Although an average DIY'er won't need every style of hammer, it's always a good idea to have the right tool for the job. My collection of hammers will get me through most any project, whether I'm working with wood, metal, electrics, plastic, or furniture.
Framing hammers, used for framing wooden houses, are heavy duty rip hammers with a straight claw. Heavy heads, longer handles and milled faces allow for driving large nails quickly into dimensional lumber. The straight claw serves the dual purpose of removing nails and acting as a crow bar to pry apart (rip) lumber.
Soft Face hammers have replaceable faces, usually made of synthetic material or rubber but also of a softer metal such as copper. This hammer has soft and hard heads for better versatility.
Rubber mallets are used when a softer blow is called for than that delivered by a metal hammer. They are typically used to form sheet metal, since they don't leave marks, as well as for forcing tight-fitting parts together, for shifting plasterboard into place, in upholstery, and a variety of other general purposes, including some toys.
Rawhide mallets, which may employ rawhide covering a steel head, or simply consist of rolled-up rawhide, are used for leatherwork, jewellery, and assembling electric motors and delicate machinery. I couldn't resist this Thor Rawhide Hammer...it's made from water buffalo!
Copper hammers are typically used on machinery to apply force to parts with a reduced risk of damaging them and to avoid sparks. As copper is softer than steel, the mallet is deformed rather than any steel object it is hitting.
Popular Science said it best, "The Fubar's square head and tapered edge tore huge holes in the walls, and the toothed jaws wrenched studs so forcefully I swear I heard the wood cry out in pain." There is nothing better for demolition work.
Also known as drilling hammer or a baby sledge hammer, a tool used for heavy hammering or demolition work. The heaviness of the engineer's hammer makes driving heavy spikes, wedges, or chiseling easier than using a lighter carpenter's hammer.
These non-marring hammers are used to shape metal, in jewelery making, and watch repair.
My own creation. It's heavy...it beats...it smashes...me like.
Engineer Hammers feature heavy heads, similar to sledge hammers, but smaller and with shorter handles. Used for forming metal and driving punches and chisels. The Riveting Hammer (bottom) is flat for general purpose and the other is chisel-shaped for spreading rivet heads.