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Beware cheap foreign hammers

by JCamp
posted 08-11-2017 11:28 PM


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JCamp

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 11:33 PM

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 11:34 PM

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 11:43 PM

Lucky break (no pun intended). That could have hurt — or worse.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 11:55 PM

That’s the same way my hatchet broke a while back. Glad you didn’t get hurt, but don’t ever offer to repair a hammer for me!

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#5 posted 08-12-2017 12:24 AM

A lot of years ago when in construction I bought a package of Altrade brand with 3 types of pliers from Costco. One of the pair were type iron workers use when they are tying rebar mats. After about 2 hrs of work one of the jaws just broke in to and fell off when I wast cutting a single piece of tie wire.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 08-12-2017 12:54 AM

Yeah it could hav been real bad Thankfully no one else was around to get hurt.
Papadan I remembered that when I seen how it had split. And I won’t rehandle any for u. Just send me some that u can later give to the ppl that u don’t lik. Lol

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#7 posted 08-12-2017 12:57 AM

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#8 posted 08-12-2017 01:06 AM

Cast hammer = no good

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#9 posted 08-12-2017 02:44 AM

Gave this MATCO hammer new life with a new handle…..

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 08-12-2017 02:57 AM

I’ve never regretted buying a quality tool but I have regretted not buying one sooner. Get yourself a US made solid steel Estwing, about $20 at any big box store.
http://www.estwing.com/nail_hammers.php

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 08-12-2017 03:05 AM

The overall finish is a good indicator of the quality.
Dont start me on pliers!!

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 08-12-2017 12:42 PM

Wow!

I’ve never seen anything like that.

Biltinbkyn nailed it. (no pun intended) A hammer should be forged, not cast. Anybody making a cast hammer is less than honorable.

Mark

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#13 posted 08-12-2017 01:20 PM

I agree that a hammer should be forged. The pictures are a little blurry and how can anyone tell it is cast. A forged piece can fracture and look like that.

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#14 posted 08-12-2017 02:33 PM

This is about quality, not about nationality.
You apparently have no real idea where this cheap hammer was made.
Would you say the same about tools made in Germany? England? France?
There is lots of cheap crap made in USA as well.

What you need to do is develop an eye for quality. .... just my opinion of course.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#15 posted 08-12-2017 02:35 PM

Camp, I can’t believe it took you 30 seconds to realize your hammer broke. ....Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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