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JKL

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668 days ago

Hi All – I rescued this old hammer – but I don’t know much about it. I do know that it is a 32oz framing hammer – but not sure who made it or what (if any) value it may have? Hoping someone can shed some light on it for me.
Many thanks,
Kris


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bhog

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#1 posted 668 days ago

Kinda looks like a Vaughn .

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 668 days ago

Sorry….I don’t have a clue. Now if it had been a nailgun, I might could of helped…..I haven’t found many hammers that fit my hand too good…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 668 days ago

Check the hammer head just above the top of the handle, there may be a makers mark behind the rust.

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JKL

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#4 posted 668 days ago

Dang it… I got a lot more of the rust off – but couldn’t find a makers mark. The hammer does, because of the extra scrubbing, look a lot better tho. I thought maybe it was a Vaughn or a Hart…

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#5 posted 668 days ago

I second the Vaughn and what about Plumb?

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OnlyJustME

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#6 posted 668 days ago

How do you know it is 32oz? That’s a war hammer. I used a 28oz wood handle but it wasn’t that style.
Not much value IMO unless you needed one then you saved $20-$30. Of course i always see them around yard/garage sales.

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JKL

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#7 posted 668 days ago

You’re probably right, more than likely it is a 28oz. I showed it to a friend and they said they thought it was a 32oz. It’s a great old hammer – good addition to my collection.

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#8 posted 668 days ago

32 oz…..A 2 lb. head on it …damn ! I think it’s known as a jack hammer : )

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OnlyJustME

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#9 posted 668 days ago

I wasn’t saying that it wasn’t 32oz. I wouldn’t want to be swinging that all day. Thought maybe it was stamped or something on the head and that might have helped identify it. You could take the handle off and weigh it. It’s a good solid looking hammer for sure. Probably sink a nail in one hit. :) Is it smooth faced or milled with cross hatches?

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quartrsawn

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#10 posted 668 days ago

I think it is a Vaughn California framer, 23 oz.

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JKL

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#11 posted 668 days ago

I goggled the 23oz – it looks like it could be a match :)

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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 667 days ago

Definitely a warhammer, framers used to swing these all day, but I hung mine on the wall a few years back,
and use torx drive screws to hold all my construction projects together, not a single nail in my new deck.
Prevents pain in the wrist and arm after a few hours work, but it does look nice hanging on the wall beside
my small sledge hammers.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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lunn

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#13 posted 666 days ago

After carrying/using a Vaughn for abt 5 years IMHO it’s not a Vaughn. The Vaughn frameing hammers uses a axe eye handle mount. From the photo it looks to be oval. P.S. to the Estwing guys i always hated the sound of your
hammers.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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