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Old 08-26-2018, 11:01 AM
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Dubby, that is a great story.. Stories like this I feel need to be shared with family, kinda like that road trip on sundays.. But today there are fewer people interested in working with their hands for a living.. These stories certainly would be fun for me if I had kids to share with..

I'm not saying there aren't new people coming into the trades, but it's just far fewer..

The hammer your dad bought you must have been made by the only person who cared about what they were making.. LOL.. Sometimes one just ends up with product of the day, month, year..

That is great.. Do you have a picture of the hammer?
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Hammers are fickle things.

I was working with someone once who used the same hammer I did. Same brand, model, weight....everything.

I spent a week looking at it wondering why it wasn't 'right'. Couldn't put my finger on it, but it was somehow wrong.

It finally dawned on me when I noticed my initials were not engraved on it like they should have been.............I had ended up with his hammer. He apparently hadn't noticed but it bugged me no end.

I also have a blacksmithing hammer I picked up as part of a load of tooling I scored. It doesn't fly right at all. The weight it good but that is as far as it goes....so I never use it. Balance is awful.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:07 AM
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AJ, I hope you got your hammer back..

I have a 3lb True temper hammer Blacksmith pattern cross peen that I have never been fond of..

I bought it once i could swing the 2.5lbs True temper Blacksmith hammer well enough to look at a larger hammer.. The 2.5lb was and is my main hammer for 40 years.. but I think I have used the 3lbs maybe 20times and each time I use it I then put it back in the rack just after a few swings..

I even reshaped the handle to try to get it to work, but since it always feels off I just left it.. Maybe a new handle would help out as it still has the original handle on it all this time later..

I think that if someone swings a hammer enough there are invisible forces at hand that make a hammer feel good to someone and not so good to others..

I was a hatchet swinger from the very earliest days and found I didn't like the way a full size felling ax felt in my hands (modern felling ax) at the blades are to thick and the weight is to much..

So I developed what I call the Hatchax.. It's a lighter head with a thinner blade profile on a long handle nearly as long as a felling ax..

This to me feels very good and can easily cut through a 3" oak or ash branch in 1 swing.. Light and fast..

As I said I hope you got your hammer back..
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Old 08-27-2018, 12:10 PM
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Hammers fit different folks just like clothing. Some fit and some don't.

I have 8-10 hammers of various patterns, including one that I paid quite a bit for. But my favorites are a 2 lb. Channellock crosspeen that I found at Quad State one year for $11, and a 2 lb. Diamond brand rounding hammer.

YMMV.
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AJ, I hope you got your hammer back..
Yes I did. At the end of the week when I worked out what was going on, I went to where he was working, handed him the one I had and took mine back.

Instantly it felt 'right' again. I suppose if you use something for long enough you can tell right away if something is wrong or not.

Some tools however do feel good right off......usually an older one. A lot of new tools bought with quality in mind are just 'neutral'. Rare to pick up a new anything and have it feel special right away.
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