The hammer is one of the oldest and most important hand tools in the engineering world. Though there are one’s made of electric and pneumatic applicable on a very heavy object. Hammers of different types are used can be used in various fields such as woodworking, metalworking, etc.

Hammers designed as hand tools are easy to use, by simply lifting up the hammer and bringing it down with a pretty force. The hardest part makes contact with the object that needs force. In woodworking, hammers are used mostly in driving nails into wood and driving chisels through the wood. Whilst, in metalworking as well as mechanical engineering, various types of the hammer are used when parts need adjustment. It is mostly used when trying to drive in part into another part. In forge work (blacksmithing) hammers are used in bending or shaping operations as well as many other operations.

In fact, there are some hammers designed for chipping away rock or corrosion. Due to these hammers being made for various purposes, I have examined the different types of hammers used in our daily life.

Blacksmithing hammer: the hammer is common among the forge worker known as blacksmiths. They primarily use the hammer to shape malleable, white-hot metal, making it requires a skillful person to use the hammer.

Blacksmiths hammer

Claw hammer: the claw hammers are designed with a striking head and a two-prong curved nail lifter for correcting screwups. It is used by woodworkers as it involves driving in and out of nails, thus not suitable for applying force to other tools. Claw hammers also function as a pinch.

Claw hammers

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Mallet: mallet is another popular hand tool used in a different field, designed to soften blows. It cannot be used to drive in nails but will be used for driving chisels into a wood. Mallets can also be used for applying pressure to turn wrenches as its head is made of rubber.


Sledgehammer: the sledgehammer is purposely designed for the demolition of a wall or driving a giant stake deep into the ground. It is made with a two-sided striking head and a wooden handle, sometimes with a pipe covered with rubber. Woodworkers found no use in this hammer like structural engineers.


Tack hammer: tack hammers are purposely designed for driving small nails to hold the part with thin layers. For example, driving in a carpet nail. It is perfect for such operations and any work that requires a deft touch. These hammers are of a thinning striking head usually magnetized to hold the small piece of nail and wooden handles.

Tack hammer

Club hammer: this hammer is much similar to a sledgehammer in operation, having much strength to demolish. But in club hammers, there is unlimited space for striking, and offers greater balance while using.

Club hammer

Dead blow hammer: the dead blow type of hammer is an interesting type of hammer to use as it specialized in pounding on surfaces. It is designed to minimize recoil or damage on struck surfaces. With this, it can be used to drive chisels and moving wrenches as they loosen stuck screws.

Dead blow hammer

Ball peen hammer: the hammer consists of two different phases just like other types of hammer. In this situation, the first striking head is for pounding surfaces, while the other curved peen head is applied when an object is needed to be shaped. Metalworkers found great interest in this hammer as it satisfies their needs when shaping.

Ball peen hammer

Drywall hammer: drywall hammers can be classified among woodworking hammers due to the fact that drywall can be hung on a wood frame. It is designed with a flat head to strike fasteners and the other edge is made of a hook for tearing off drywall also known as wood panelling.

Drywall hammer

Framing hammer: a framing hammer also serves as a basic nail driver, used mostly in building house frames. It is containing a straight claw and a waffled head. These types of a hammer are usually shorter but more expensive, making it not important as there are other alternatives

Framing hammer

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Hatchet hammer: the hatchet type of hammer is used for knocking together two crude pieces of wood via a fastener. This hammer is totally different from all the hammers listed above. However, the traditional hatchet focus on the chopping blade.

Hatchet hammer

Blocking hammer: this type of hammer is also used by blacksmiths. The hamper contains a flat striking surface and a round surface, using the flat face to shape hot metal on an anvil. This tool brings about finesse and detailed work in forge work.


Electricians hammer: this hammer is used specifically by electricians but lookalike with carpenter’s claw hammers. Their difference is that the claw of the electrician’s hammer is short and the hammer is insulated to prevent the worker from shock.

Blocking hammer

Cross-peen hammer: the cross-peen type of hammer has a blade perpendicular to the wooden handle. It also serves an ideal purpose for shaping using the peened edge.

Cross peen hammer

Chasing hammer: the chasing hammer is used on soft metals to shape them into jewelry. It is known as one the finest hammer as it consists of a tapered handle toward a bulbous end for better stroke control. One side of its head is flat suitable for bending malleable metals.

Chasing hammer

Trim hammer: the trim hammer used in woodworking on small nails, purposely for trim. It is usually short, with a point claw on the other edge for removing bad fasteners. It is a great tool when working on a tight angle.

Trim hammer

Shingle hammer: shingle hammer is used for asphalt or slate. It is designed with a small claw that helps in removing bent nails. However, most people these days use other alternatives and use a nail gun.

Shingle hammer

Piton hammer: the piton type of hammer is used technically by rock mountain climbers to drive the life-saving stake into rock faces. It’s a life-saving hammer.

Piton hammer

Joiner’s mallet: it is obvious that the joiner’s mallets are used in woodworking due to the fact that its entire body is made of wood. the hammers are used to either push chisels to shape wood or to knock two parts together. It leaves no scar on the workpiece when softly hit.

Joiners mallet

Brick hammer: brick hammers have a variety of purposes as they can be used to cut bricks, split them, and even split apart rocks. It contains a conventional flat head and a flat blade on the other, that does most of the job.


Stone sledgehammer: a stone sledgehammer give chances of breaking concrete or rocks with a very hard swing. It is very tough and shorter than a traditional sledgehammer, using its flat edge to break down a large portion of concrete or rock, and the angled edge is used to break it down into pieces.

Stone sledgehammer

Rock hammer: the hammer is designed for a skillful person, giving the chance of knocking out an interesting part from a strata layer and doing some shaping work.

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