ⓘ Hammer. A hammer is a tool for putting nails into objects such as wood. It has a long handle, and a tip with a flat end for hitting nails. The most common type ..


ⓘ Hammer

A hammer is a tool for putting nails into objects such as wood. It has a long handle, and a tip with a flat end for hitting nails. The most common type of hammer has a curved end for pulling nails out.

A sledgehammer is a hammer that has a longer shaft, and a more massive head. The user can swing it with two hands and apply more force.


1. History

Hammers were used around 3.3 million years ago. The first hammers were made without handles. Stones attached to sticks with strips of leather or animal sinew were being used. Hammers with handles were made in 30.000 BCE during the middle of the Paleolithic Stone Age. The hammer was used for building, food and protection.


2. Classification of hammers

Hammers can be classified into two. They are:

Hand-powered hammers

Hand-powered hammers are hammers that are used with the hand. Examples include:

  • Magnetic double-head hammer
  • Cross-peen hammer
  • Welders chipping hammer
  • Dead blow hammer
  • Splitting maul
  • Brass hammer
  • Cow hammer
  • Lathe hammer
  • Bricklayers hammer
  • Mallet
  • Railway track keying hammer
  • Boiler scaling hammer
  • Rock climbing hammer
  • Engineers hammer
  • Electricians hammer
  • Tinner
  • Lump hammer
  • Warrington hammer
  • Rounding hammer
  • Soft-faced hammer
  • Magnetic tack hammer
  • Knife-edged hammer
  • Strike Tack hammer
  • Drilling hammer
  • Shinglers hammer
  • Sledgehammer
  • Stonemasons hammer
  • Ball-peen hammer
  • Gavel
  • Carpenters hammer
  • Geologists hammer
  • Demolition hammer
  • Upholstery hammer

Mechanically-powered hammer

Mechanically-powered hammers are hammers that are used with a machine. Examples include:

  • Steam hammer
  • High Frequency Impact Treatment hammer
  • Hammer drill
  • Jackhammer
  • Trip hammer
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The Trip hammer (Filippini, Pinacoteca di Brera)

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