Wednesday, May 15

Buying Blacksmithing Hammers - What to Consider

What should you look for when it's time to buy your blacksmithing hammer?

Is head shape the most important factor?

What about weight?

In this short video, we'll talk about how to keep it very simple and what to focus on.


  • Your first blacksmithing hammer should be between 2 and 3 pounds. This will allow you to swing it for a solid chunk of time without wearing yourself out too much. If the hammer is too light, you'll be swinging more times and be less effective. If it's VERY heavy, you'll only be able to swing it a few times before you're toast.

  • I like Nordic Style 2.5 Pound Cross Peen Hammers. The hammer I use every day in the shop is this style because, of the styles I tried when I was learning, I liked the feel of it the best. It comes down to personal preference.

  • Wooden handles over plastic, rubber, etc. While some rubberized handles can help with shock absorption, they can also burn more easily and cause worse blisters from added rubbing. Plus, wood handles are classic. 
Do You Have a Favorite Hammer Style?

Leave a comment below with your favorite blacksmithing hammer. 

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