Claw Hammers

Claw hammer is used for pounding nails into or extracting nails from other objects. Generally, a claw hammer is related with wood working but is not limited to use with wood products. It is not suitable for heavy hammering on metal surfaces as the steel of its head is somewhat brittle. The hammer weight ranges from 1lbs, 2lbs, 3lbs, 4lbs and above and the material used for this hammer are wood, steel, rubber, brass, stone and so on. It is used to lever up floorboards, remove nails and so on.

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Claw hammer is used for pounding nails into, or extracting nails from, some other object. Generally, a claw hammer is associated with woodworking but is not limited to use with wood products. It is not suitable for heavy hammering on metal surfaces (such as in machining work), as the steel of its head is somewhat brittle.A claw hammer can be said to look roughly like the letter "T" with the handle being the long part, and the head being the line across the top which looks like a "t".



It is the  most popular hammer for general work, available with a wooden (often hickory), glass-fibre or steel handle; with or without rubber grip. The most popular weights are 455-680g (16 to 24oz). The claw is normally curved, and incorporates a 'V' cut-out to draw nails from timber. The claw can be used to lever up floorboards or where other places where a lever is required; care must be taken (especially with cheaper models) as the force applied can easily weaken the joint between the handle and the head.


For most of us, this is the design we reach for when we need a ham­mer. Its head has a face that is used to drive nails; the peen opposite the face is a two-pronged claw that is used to pull nails out of wood. The claw hammer is one of the carpenter’s basic tools.

The head on a claw hammer is made of steel, the handle of fiberglass, wood (commonly hickory, a tough, springy wood), or steel. Fiberglass and steel hammers typically have rubber, plastic, or vinyl handles for comfort and shock absorption.

Claw hammers can be purchased in many sizes, ranging from small tack hammers weighing only a few ounces to large framing hammers (designed for driving large nails) that have heads weighing up to twenty-eight ounces and handles reaching eighteen inches in length. The shape of the claw varies from one hammer to another. Larger hammers often have a flattened claw, and sometimes are referred to as wrecking or rip hammers because the claw can be used to pry apart wooden elements in demolition work. Smaller hammers usually have claws with sharper curves.

A moderate-sized hammer with a head of sixteen ounces and handle of sixteen inches will perform a wide variety of tasks, though for framing work a heavier hammer, perhaps of twenty ounces, will offer added power. (I’d suggest you leave the really big ones to those who frame buildings for a living; in the hands of the occasional user, they are unwieldy and a liability for most jobs around the house.)

When selecting a hammer, consider the face, too. A patterned face (also called a mill face) will help prevent glancing blows, because the serrations grip the head of the nail. This is especially handy when doing work that involves forceful hammering, like framing and toe-nailing. A smooth, slightly convex (belled) face is preferable for finish work. In claw hammers, flat faces are usually an indication of second-rate goods.

Pulling a nail puts tremendous wrenching stresses on a hammer. If you favor a wood-handled hammer (and many of us do), use it sparingly for pulling nails. Keep a pair of nail pullers or a wrecking bar handy in your tool bag for pulling all nails larger than eight pennies (two-and-a-half-inch-long nails).



Claw hammers not only let you remove nails from wood, vinyl and other materials, but also remove fasteners and other hardware that is holding materials together. The tools are long-lasting, and available at hardware and home improvement stores as well as retail superstores. Claw hammers come in various weights and contain a rubber grip on their handles to aid with hammering.

Types of claw Hammer:

Curved Claw Hammer

·         The curved claw hammer contains a double-sided head that lets you drive nails into surfaces using the hammer side and remove nails using the curved claw side of the head. The hammer side of the head also is slightly curved to minimize marring the surface you are nailing. The heavier the hammer, the greater the force on a nail head.

Straight Claw Hammer

·         The straight claw hammer, also known as a ripping claw hammer, is used to dismantle items, including wood, tile and plastic. The hammer's claw is not curved, and fits between boards and materials to separate them without the hassle of using another tool. Straight claw hammers are heavier than curved claw hammers, and are sold in various weights .The hammers do not contain a curved head, which causes indentations in the wood or other surface you are nailing.

Framing Hammer

·         A framing hammer is another type of claw hammer that is sold by weight. Framing hammers are similar to straight claw hammers and are used in carpentry work as well as when dismantling items. Framing hammers do not contain a curved head, which also leads to indentations in the wood or other surface you are nailing.




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