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Old 05-14-2020, 01:19 PM   #1
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I've done all my nail banging for the last XX years with two blue handled Estwings: a 16oz trim hammer and a 20 or 22oz waffle faced framer. Every time I build a deck, I wish I had a smooth faced framing hammer. What's your favorite?

(Unfortunately, at this point in my life/career, a Stiletto titanium probably wouldn't see a hundred bucks worth of use. And I don't have any heirs that would appreciate it. So that's kinda out.)
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Old 05-15-2020, 12:37 AM   #2
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I have a 26 oz Estwing, but use it mainly for correcting wood position before I slam it home with a pneumatic nailer. It is old, and started out as a waffle face, but time takes its toll.
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I'm a painter not a carpenter but have done a good bit of carpentry work on my property and for friends/family. My favorite hammer was an old drywall hatchet. I think partly because of the larger head but it was just comfortable. balance maybe? But the handle broke, I replaced the handle but now it's not same ???


Now days with my limited eyesight I use pneumatic nail guns whenever I can.
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My "go to's" are fiberglass handled Vaughans, and I have a wood handle Dalluge that my wife bought for me back when and that I really like, nice fit, balance, etc., but seldom use it because framing hammers, especially today, tend to do near as much deconstruction as construction and I don't want to harm it. If it were 30 years ago, it would probably get used more, but, like Ron said, my favorite framers today are pneumatics, with a lean toward Senco's.
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I used a Plumb hammer most of my career but they started making them where they weren't dressed well. The claws were not consistent and they were made cheaper, so I switch to Estwing. Estwing is what is used for years and still have both of them. My 16 oz is a curved claw and my framing Eswing is a straight claw. Doing trim I used a 13 oz plumb and loved it.

I had to have a curved claw because in a really tight spot I would bust my forehead with a straight claw. I have torn many pockets off my shirts using a curved claw but I just never changed to a straight for a smaller hammer.

Nail guns weren't common when I first started doing carpentry work, neither was an electric miter saw. You can bet when they did become common use that I bought several and still have quite a few. I bet some fellows didn't know they made a corrugated fastener nail gun.

I loved and hated a new Estwing framing hammer. I loved it because the nails didn't glance with the new waffle face, but I hated it when I hit my finger with it. That sucker would take the bark off your hand and quick. lol When using a rounded face on the hammer head, some of the nails would glance, I have had several stick into my forehead right between my eyes. When the head would get slick, I would beat the dickens out of an old concrete block to rough it up a little. Hey, it worked for me.
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It's hard to go wrong with a 20 oz Estwing, I have a couple of them kicking around.
But for 95% of my handy man type work I carry a lighter generic wood handle carpenters hammer. I especially appreciate how it glides out of the belt loop ring with out catching the rubber grip of most framers.
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For bigger projects Paslode.


22oz waffle for hand work.


Only sissys use 16oz.
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I've done all my nail banging for the last XX years with two blue handled Estwings: a 16oz trim hammer and a 20 or 22oz waffle faced framer. Every time I build a deck, I wish I had a smooth faced framing hammer. What's your favorite?

(Unfortunately, at this point in my life/career, a Stiletto titanium probably wouldn't see a hundred bucks worth of use. And I don't have any heirs that would appreciate it. So that's kinda out.)

RATHERBEF'N..... Same situation.....Have my indestructable old friend Eastwing....like Larry, can barely tell it was ever waffled.

I'm older now, and I would not spend a buck and a quarter for a Stilletto at my impending/partial retirement.

But, in pending retirement I went to renovating distress properties (also known unkindly as flipping) because it gave me complete freedom of timing to lock it up and go help my son and daughter at my convenience....not my customers timing and requirements.

What I'm sorta proud of is that one of my buyers of my reno's, heard me complaining/joking about getting older and things being heavier. They went and gave me a "14" plastic handle stilletto. I never would have bought it myself.

I LOVE IT. I have a bad right shoulder, and can now backhand and overhead that stilletto. It has a lightly waffeled face.I don't know if they make a finish face. After a lot of hard years of work, I think maybe that I should have treated myself to that hammer. You might deserve it.

My good buddy Eastwing only gets to see any action if maybe difficult tearout or f'n around rocks/concrete etc.

YOU PROBABLY DESERVE TO TREAt YOURSELF TO THAT STILLETO.

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For bigger projects Paslode.


22oz waffle for hand work.


Only sissys use 16oz.
And old F's.....Plus the handle matches my gray dress/pantaloons.

(Plus you probably don't want to go home and tell your mommy that some old sissy kicked your ass.)
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Forgot to say that stilletto doesn't keep banging my leg.

Should also mention honestly, yes, it does taking an extra swing, or two, on a 16 penny.....but I don't know anyone framing without a gun.
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I still have my favorite Vaughan California Framer 23 oz.
It's on its second handle and still banging.
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I have two 22 oz. long Handle straight claw craftsman framers, red handle with big black rubber grip, both 35 years old. I also have a couple East wings, same weight, standard blue grip....but the grip is too small for my hand and I have to grip them to hard to keep Them straight, gave one away over Christmas and just use the other as a beater. Ron
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OP here. Thanks for all the input. (Keep it coming.) Like I said, I have a pair of Estwings that have given years of service, and are far from worn out. And, I have air nailers, frame, finish and brad. I've made my living with tools, but more wrenches than claw hammers. I appreciate good tools. Most of my nail bangin' has been for "fun."And I have the hammers that I need. But sometimes that milled face framer leaves a mark. And the finish hammer ain't quite got the hit. It seems like I've built more decks than houses lately.

I'm gonna go shopping. I just figured I'd see what you all liked. And MTN R, you're probably right. Maybe I do deserve that Stilleto. Maybe Santa will bring me one. (Who am I kidding? Santa's cheaper than me.)
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