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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 09-18-2011 06:57 PM 3890 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2011 06:57 PM

I’ve had this hammer since I was little, given to me by my dad who also used it when he was growing up. It starts out looking ordinary enough:

Then you unscrew the handle to discover a flathead screwdriver:

Then you keep unscrewing to discover…

They actually managed to squeeze 4 screwdrivers into this thing. It’s a funny little tool that has become a sort of heirloom for my family.

The markings on it read “mfg. by gam mfg. co. lancaster, pa.”
Some quick googling shows similar hammers in existence today, so I guess these are still floating around.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 07:24 PM

I bought a similar one the other day with flowers all over it. Got matching pliers too. OK, go ahead… say something. :)

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 07:31 PM

My wife’s got a similar unit that was her grandfathers..but a ball pein rather than a conical head
I picked up a similar one with the cone head in a dollar store. Other than the blades in the screwdrivers everythings brass..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 04:16 AM

Rance – I’m speechless!

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 05:34 AM

Some hammers are meant to be used in the privacy of your own home…........

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 04:56 PM

I had the ball peen type years ago. No idea where it is now. I had some spud wrenches painted like Rance’s back in the ‘70s. It was a hit on the job site! ;-)

-- Semper Fi

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 05:49 PM

Rance, that ain’t a hammer. It’s a gavel for calling the garden club to order.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 06:05 PM


I’ve got the screw drivers part, but not the hammer.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 06:20 PM

Wow! My dad had that hammer in his tool box when I was a kid! Exact same color knurled grip. The only difference is his had a claw on the end.

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 06:35 PM

Hey Rance, you win. I’m not sure what . . . but you win!!

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#10 posted 09-19-2011 06:50 PM

I bought one like Rance, for my wife a couple years ago. She keeps it in the hall closet. (Keeps mine from disappearing from my shop) I have been known to use the screwdriver part, when I’m too lazy to go outside and get one of mine.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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