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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 02-09-2014 09:36 PM 800 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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02-09-2014 09:36 PM

I came across an old claw hammer last week. I don’t know the nomenclature. If we call the three regions of the head the claw, the box and the striking part, the striking part on this one is octagonal all the way from the box to the end.

Is this a functional design or a manufacturer’s feature?

It’s at a thrift store. May be gone. I may buy it today. Still curious.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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Oldtool

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 09:53 PM

Mr. Barker,
I cannot answer your question, although I believe from the description it is a manufacturer’s differentiation design, however, perhaps you can obtain some help at the site: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/tools-and-hardware/hammers

Good luck

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 10:10 PM

Well, a little Google and a little time and I came up with this site;
http://www.jimbodetools.com/cart.php?m=product_list&pageNumber=2&catID=&c=34&v=&r=&id=&sortBy=default&search=&shopByPrice=&viewAll=undefined&customListIds=&venID=

Where they have listed two such hammers;

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 10:21 PM

Maybe a design differentiator, maybe someone advertisied that when using the claw to pull a nail that the flat head wouldn’t dent the piece, maybe some accountant figured that by making it octagonal the foundry would save half an ounce of steel with each hammer. Vaughn still makes them like that.

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Loren

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 11:04 PM

Well, at a given weight, a flared head allows more surface
area for striking. I have some heavy cross-peen hammers
with octagonal heads. Of course heavy hammers are
not so easy to swing all day.

I’ve bought a lot of odd little hammers and quite enjoy
experimenting to find their best uses for the work I do.

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 01:50 AM

It’s gone. Thanks folks. The one in the photo looks elegant. Interesting that that strap down the side of the handle design has been repeated of late in these feature-driven hammers that cost half a day’s pay.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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