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Old 11-06-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Rip Claw Hammer or Curved Claw Hammer?


I currently have a 16 oz. hammer and I am looking to get a bigger hammer.
Which type of hammer is better, Rip Claw or Curved Claw?

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Depends a lot on what you are hammering on.

A framing hammer has a 16" long handle to save your back while nailing floor sections on the ground.
The ripping 'claw' is handy for lifting and prying and rather poor at removing nails.

I like a claw hammer for trim and a rip for framing and demo (the rip makes a decent hatchet when you need one.)

An awful lot of new guys loose front teeth to the rip hammer while they are learning--not sure how that happens,but it does.

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Depends a lot on what you are hammering on.

A framing hammer has a 16" long handle to save your back while nailing floor sections on the ground.
The ripping 'claw' is handy for lifting and prying and rather poor at removing nails.

I like a claw hammer for trim and a rip for framing and demo (the rip makes a decent hatchet when you need one.)

An awful lot of new guys loose front teeth to the rip hammer while they are learning--not sure how that happens,but it does.
I was going to say just that, a straight claw will knock your brains out and a hook claw will tear your pockets and buttons off. But the hook claw doesn't hurt as bad.
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I know a lot of veteran framers who have two 1/2" scars, side by side just above their nose from the straight claw bouncing back and leaving their mark.

That said....That's my go-to hammer.

As far as pulling nails...my straight claw with out-pull a curved claw every day....you just have to know the 'trick'
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I'm not a pro by any means. My first good hammer was an Estwing 16oz curved claw trim hammer. My second was an Estwing 22oz straight claw waffle face framer. Between the two, I feel well equipped. I'd like a smooth face framer for deck building, but haven't bought one. Like tcleve said, the straight claw pulls nails just fine, once you know the trick. But lately, I reach for my Dead-On Exhumer to pull nails. I really like that tool. But that's another thread.
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for framing i use a 14 oz wood handle stiletto with a 18" handle i can swing the hammer backwards to drive the claws into a peice of wood to pick it up instead of bending over and split wood if needed if demoing something

for finish work and general carpentry i use a japanese nailing hammer from lee valley, it has an elongated head which looks like a duck and a cats paw style claw which can pull gun nails both from framers and trim guns. with such a short claw it can pull nails even easier than a regular claw hammer

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