When you think of buying a hammer, you probably don't think about spending your entire paycheck on one, perhaps even more. That's because most of us go to the local hardware store and purchase a hammer for less than $20 and we're on our way. In most cases, a rather inexpensive hammer that you can purchase practically anywhere is more than capable of getting the job done. That being said, there are instances where you might need something that's a bit more specialized. It might surprise you to learn that there are some very pricey hammers out there. In fact, the only thing that might surprise you more than the price is the reason they're so expensive in the first place. If you're curious, you can read through the following list. It includes the five most expensive hammers money can buy, ranked from number five all the way down to the most expensive example that lands in the number one spot.
5. Ampco Non Sparking Backing Out Hammer ($274.05)
What exactly is a backing out hammer? Unless you work in an industry that has very specific needs, you’ve probably never heard of it before. As it turns out, it's a specially designed hammer that's used just for backing out rivets, bolts and similar items that can't really be removed through any other means. In this particular case, it's also a hammer that can be used without creating sparks, something that proves invaluable if you're working around any type of flammable material. It also explains why it costs almost $300 to purchase one.
4. Stiletto TB15MC Claw Hammer ($278.91)
If you're like most people, you're probably scratching your head and wondering why a claw hammer is so expensive. After all, isn't that exactly the same type of hammer that you can typically buy for just a few bucks at your local discount store? The answer is yes, but there are certain things about this one that make it special, hence the increase in the price. For starters, it's made entirely from titanium. That means that it's very lightweight. In fact, it weighs in at just one pound. It also has a rubberized handle and a special textured design where the hammer meets the nail, supposedly to help drive the nail in easier with fewer strikes.
3. Stanley 16 oz FatMax Rip Claw Nailing Hammer ($463.09)
At first glance, you'll notice that this hammer is, for all intents and purposes, not all that different from your standard claw hammer. If that's the case, why does it cost more than $400 to purchase this particular item? The biggest reason is because this is a hammer that is frequently used by professionals who literally spend their days hammering nails into wood. You might think of it in much the same way that you would think of a fine watch or even a high-class automobile. Sure, there are those that you can purchase for a much lower price that might look relatively similar, at least at first glance. That being said, the discount versions and the versions used by true professionals are as different as night and day. In this particular case, you have a hammer that is much smaller in size than a traditional claw hammer and also one that weighs much less. It has a length of just over 13 inches and it weighs only 2 pounds. That makes a huge difference if you're hammering all day long. Trying to hammer nails in for hours on end with a cheap claw hammer that you purchased at the discount store is going to be uncomfortable, even under the best of circumstances. In most cases, the hammer itself won't be able to stand up to the punishment for more than a few days, either. This one, on the other hand, is made from a single piece of forged steel. At the end of the day, that means it's likely to last longer and it’s far less likely to tire you out when you use it.
2. QTi Non Sparking, Non Magnetic Sledge Hammer ($603.46)
Why is a sledgehammer more than $600? It's not about the hammer as much as it is about the materials that it's made from in this particular case. You might have noticed that this hammer is also non-sparking, but it's also non-magnetic. That's because it's made from copper titanium. It's also just over two feet in length and weighs only 6 pounds, meaning that it gives you the leverage you need when you need it the most without weighing you down unnecessarily. The fact that it's non-sparking and non-magnetic means it can be used in virtually any situation where a sledgehammer is required in order to get the job done, even in situations where you're working around highly flammable materials and doing such a thing would otherwise be considered suicide. By its very nature, it's only used for rare circumstances and that of course increases the price.
1. Baileigh Industrial Single Phase Reciprocating Hammer ($1,209.00)
Finally, you have a hammer on steroids that will definitely set you back by more than a few dollars. This is not your typical handheld hammer, but one that is used in factories and other industrial settings which is designed to not only hammer in the traditional sense, but also to shape metal objects as desired. You might be a bit surprised at the price, but if you run a factory and you need this type of service provided on a routine basis, this is undeniably one of the most reliable ways to get something that's consistent, time and again.
Written by Dana Hanson
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