I Luke Estwing also. Durrable, comfortable, weight distribution is nearly perfect...everything I need in a hammer. I also own a Kobalt framing hammer which is nice for the big jobs (i.e. pole barn spi... (read more)kes).
I like how carpenters all seem to have different techniques/preferences to the way they build and the tools they use. I would imagine a 32oz hammer would get the job done!! 22oz for framing and 16oz f... (read more)or trim work, that's my preference.
It's because people buy into this " bull shit new concept and cool name " that they can even ask these prices. I can do 16 penny sinkers with two hits! Let me see some one with a stille... (read more)to do that. Show up on my job site with a stilleto and I'll show you how much difference that $200.00 hammer will make.
Everyone knows that less expensive traditional hammers will still sink nails quickly. Its ergonomics, user fatigue, comfort, and longevity that makes more expensive hammers(and many other tools) worth... (read more) the additional expense. If you use one all day everyday (which I do not), its often worth it (although not for me).
I got 20 years on a 28oz estwing. How's that for longevity. I've bee a Builder for 30 years. I am the first to buy and try any new product that claims to be more eronomic bla bla bla! It... (read more)9;s still a hammer dude. I run four crews with five to seven guys per crew, five. new guys had stiletto's. Every one on all the crews got to put them to the test. Out of every one that tried, no one was impressed enough to go buy one and after three weeks, only ONE still uses a stiletto. His was the $200.00 model and I think he just wont admit he paid to much. If it REALLY MADE a difference I would be the FIRST to own one.
if it can do what my 28 oz. estwing can do at about half the weight, i might get one when i'm old and rich. i haven't seen a stiletto in person yet, so can't really judge. i like the iD... (read more)ea, but not the price. my old one doesn't seem to be wearing out, anyway, so i'm not really looking.
Go back through and read the previous posts. I am a framer and I do it for a living. I tried one out for three weeks and all 20 of my crew members also did. If think any 16oz hammer will cut it in fra... (read more)ming you would be sadly mistaken. It's the weight of the head that drives the nail and the long handle is the force. We all use 28 and 32 ounce hammers. You simply can not make 16oz's drive like 28oz's. Out of 21 carpenters only ONE is still using his Stilleto.
When I was working construction on a framing crew the Stiletto was just coming out. A friend had one and I thought he was crazy for spending $180 on a hammer... until I used it for a week. Don't ... (read more)quote me on this but I think they were the first company to make a hammer with a magnetic holder for starting a nail. This feature works very well and makes it extremely easy to true up stuff and hammer in a nail at the same time. And no smashing your fingers trying to hold the nail and hit it above your head. I no longer work construction but I still have my Stiletto in my tool pouch
I have used a Stiletto and it was very cool but somewhat of a novelty. If I framed all the time it may be worth the investment but as and all around carpenter I cannot see spending that kind of money.... (read more) Sometimes the right tool is worth the right amount of money.
I mostly do finish carpentry and I have the 10oz. Model I love mine I have owned it now for about ten years. It was well worth the money. You will forget you have it on your tool belt, it's so li... (read more)ght, but hits like a 16oz. Plus I much perfur a wood handle.
I've used the Ti-Bone for years now. I wouldn't use anything else. The 28 oz. Estwing's was giving me tennis elbow. That all went away after getting this hammer. Well worth the $200 to ... (read more)me.
Yes it did. You don't get that vibration with the titanium hammer like you do with the solid steel hammers. I had to wear one of those braces on my forearm for awhile. It all went away after I bo... (read more)ught the Ti-Bone. Maybe it was a coincidence. I do know that if you do a lot of hand nailing, your arm will thank you. Tennis elbow or not. My first titanium hammer was the dead-on with a wood handle. It was around $80 back then. It is a nice hammer to consider, if they are still available. You'll just need to replace the handle every one and awhile
Good luck! I've had an employee that had the wood handle Stiletto titanium hammer. I liked the Dead-on a little better. The handle had a better feel to it. It was a curved handle. If you don'... (read more);t mind spending over $200, the Ti-bone is the way to go. I've had mine for around 8 years now. The rubber handle had developed a small split. It's not bad enough yet to replace the entire hammer. I'm at the age now to where my goal is the try to try to make my tools last me for the rest of my career :(
I bought one back in 2005. These days most people don't hand pound much, but at the time I worked on a crew that nailed off everything by hand (subfloors, roof decking, etc). After swinging a 28 ... (read more)ounce estwing for years this was a much needed and worthwhile upgrade.
I believe a lighter hammer is not always the answer I have framed with all types and I keep going back to 21 to 23once some of these hammers are are over engineered in my opinion and anything over 25 ... (read more)ounces is a straight trip to carpel tunnel surgery. I think it always falls back to what gets you through a day of productive hardcore framing without a blown up elbow.Ps.the magnetic nail holder is a definite bonus option I would recommend especially for blocking and long reach nailing.
I recently browsed the Dewalt brand of framing hammers...it was really nice. I believe Lowes is carrying them. To be perfectly honest I've used a framing hammer and I find them awkward. If I were... (read more) to buy one it would be one of those models. I love my Bostich nailer though . Automation is for me.
My titanium hammer lays in the bottom of my toolbag. Too many swings per nail. My everyday framing hammer is a dalluge 21oz. No frills, just a head and spikes. At $60, i can get 3 and still have money... (read more) for an 18 pack before i get one designer hammer
When I built barns with my father i used a 28oz stanley antivibe that i loved. I firmly believe that it is more about learning to use your hammer properly by letting the head to the work rather than y... (read more)our arm. Over time i had shaved my 28oz down to around 24oz by re-cutting the waffle into it and trying to lighten it up a bit. Most "framers" I know will just use a pneumatic nailers
Estwing 22oz. or 20oz. And you're right on man. Technique, technique, technique. Medium grip, loose wrist, and then let physics do the rest. A pro framer told me once that he believed its all abo... (read more)ut head speed... and aim. Watched him drive a 16 penny with one swing using the tip of the claw!
Many contractors I know almost refuse to use a hammer if there happens to be a compressor, hose and nail gun available. A good hammer is the fastest way to drive a few nails but using a hammer is beco... (read more)ming a lost art. Regardless whether or not you can drive a 16d nail with a single blow, I tell most novices to relax, keep your eye on the head of the nail and let the hammer do the work. Many don't understand the "let the hammer do the work" until they've worn out their arm or their wrist and spent more time pulling the bent nails caused from the numerous little tap tap taps as if they're afraid to hit the thing! Personally I prefer the 20oz and I have a wide assortment available to me to choose from.
I stil use a hammer, always handy for places the gun wont fit. Prefer a 22 Oz. Estwing framing hammer for rough work, and got a stiletto 16 oz for finish. either way still carry them both. sometimes e... (read more)asier than setting up a compressor and guns and hoses, cause you still gotta pick all that up at the end of the day!
I have a 16 oz finish and a 22 oz estwing and a 28 oz vaughn I never pull out. I would likely invest in a Stiletto if I framed everyday, but like everyone before has mentioned, It is all technique. Bu... (read more)t just like golf, even with the best technique a better tool will give better results when everything else is equal.
They are pricey i got a deal on one though, there 16oz titanium one with the hickory handle retails for 100$+ i got it for 80 bucks, and the only reason i got it is because i needed a new hammer and w... (read more)anted to try a new brand and new material, dont get me wrong my 22oz estwing framer sees more use but the stiletto is still a great finish hammer and when i got it for a good deal i couldnt pass it up
A cordless hammer will never replace my eastwing but i agree some of the stilletos and other brands like that are overpriced. Dewalt recently came out with a hammer similar to the stilleto for a quart... (read more)er the price. Didn't feel like the stilleto though.
I had an opportunity yesterday to use a new DeWalt hammer. It`s 25 ounces, but swings MUCH lighter. The company claims it swings like a 17! Guess what....I felt like I had my finish hammer with a diff... (read more)erent handle. I think I may have to break down and buy one.
I have the dewalt 15 oz mig welded hammer love it for framing. It really saves my arm. I am a commercial carpenter used to use stanley 21 oz antvibes i can pound 16 penny sinkers and double heads ju... (read more)st as easy with 2/3 the weight. Have used some of the stillettos they are nice but pricey.
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