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06-04-2015 09:03 AM

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I am shopping for a vintage axe to restore and to use.
Last night I went to this store to look for an axe , I did not find any but I found this beautiful hammer that I bought.

The hammer is beautifully made and it is very well balanced.
Really it is a very nice object to own and a pleasure to hold.
I removed the lacquer from the handle and use BLO instead and I just did a light cleaning of the iron.

I have a question: for which trade was this hammer made?

Thank you for watching and for answering my question.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 06-04-2015 10:53 AM

It’s nice to have something that just feels right. I bet it’s happy to be where somebody appreciates it.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#2 posted 06-04-2015 11:23 AM

I think they are called tack hammer.


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#3 posted 06-04-2015 12:40 PM

blacksmith’s hammer

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 06-04-2015 12:58 PM

Bert, whats the weight and size ? more or less, like 6 oz, 16 ? same length as a regular claw hammer or ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 06-04-2015 01:15 PM

Welders and metal fabricators use that type of hammer for quick reshaping of thin metal.I believe they are called straight pein .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 06-04-2015 01:15 PM

I am not sure of the dimensions.
The weight is about the same than a medium sized clam hammer.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 06-04-2015 01:25 PM

The one I have was used as a rivetting hammer. Mine is about 7oz

About THE best hammer to drive small brads/nails with

And, about the perfect size to adjust most handplanes with. Sitting beside a 16oz claw.

I add the black tape more as a grip, than anything else.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#8 posted 06-04-2015 01:26 PM

That’s a pattern hammer in blacksmithing, it’s a type of pein hammer, a straight pein would be if the backside angled face were vertical not horizontal.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#9 posted 06-04-2015 01:31 PM

Thank you for all the answers.
I know that it never was used for blacksmithing as it looks like brand spanking new.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 06-04-2015 01:40 PM

To be more accurate it seems that this is a German style pattern hammer;

Until I came to this country I knew only French style pattern hammers.

This one is Swedish

-- Bert

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#11 posted 06-04-2015 01:42 PM

Cross pein hammer.
Get used to using it. Took me a while with mine, but I use it a lot.


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#12 posted 06-04-2015 02:08 PM

Bill, Cross pen hammers are the only hammers I ever used before I came to this country.
The first time I saw a ball pen hammer I wondered how to use it.
To this day I never use the ball on a ball pen hammer and I still do not understand the use of the ball except to make holes in gaskets.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 06-04-2015 02:22 PM

Life would be much less for me without animals and tools.

Beautiful tool.

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#14 posted 06-04-2015 02:31 PM


-- Bert

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#15 posted 06-04-2015 02:48 PM

I made a handle for my single bit axe out of bois-d’arc.. Really enjoyed it… Even made the two angled metal wedges to really secure the head to wood..

That is a beautiful hammer..

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