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David Grimes

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 08:06 AM

That would put the overall length at 14 3/8” to 14 1/2” for 16” on center framing… nearly all of these hammers are in the 16” to 18” range for overall length.

Vaughn (around since 1869) was / is the originator of the combination of features as follows:

The Vaughan California FramerĀ® hammer combines the best features of two of our most popular tools into a rugged, heavy construction hammer. The smoothly swept claws were borrowed from the “999” rip hammer, and the striking face, hatchet eye and sturdy handle are a heritage of the Vaughan Rigbuilder’s Hatchet. The striking face is extra large to minimize the chance of missed strikes. The hatchet style handle, available straight or curved, is made from American hickory. To provide extra strength, the handle has a large cross section where it joins the fully polished head.

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