Vintage hammers

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  1. tiny80022

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    5026D8F3-2E48-4CE2-993D-F499730154D5.jpeg Anybody else into vintage tools? It’s a passion of mine to find old tools and give them a new life.
    I found these two today at a thrift store. The big one says “ framer 25 forged USA” the little one says “ p&c mfd USA” both will get new handles and put to use.
     
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    I do like hammers, a little less than axes but still a lot!

    Especially smithing hammers in the 1 1/2 to 3 lb range.
     
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    The oldest hammer I own...

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    image.jpg An old chouinard ice hammer.
    Chouinard was bought out by black diamond. Can't remember when.
     
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    I only have a couple ball peens I got from my dad, no name..red fiberglass handle..made in USA. Would like more!
     
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    I have a few hammers laying around,some old some new.
     
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    I seem to recall that Yvon Chouinard was a blacksmith back in his early Yosemite days. Nice bit of climbing history you have there!
     
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    hello,
    I have a ball-peen hammer similar in size to yours @tiny80022 as its lightweight I carry it in my EDC bag when I'm stone kicking, its great for breaking rocks. :)
    Regards
    David
     
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    Yes I do like smashy tools! Most of these are fairly new just abused and cleaned up. The long handle ball peen and claw hammer are home made handles from mahogany. The Smith hammer is a hickory made from a sledge handle. The roofing axe is my gem. It's a plumb and very sharp.
    Cheers Jim
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    I wouldn't consider the OP's hammers to be vintage, unless something from the 80's is now vintage . I guess I'm really getting old .
    Among all the stuff dad collected I have a few hundred lbs of hammers ,no exaggeration . I am always finding more hidden away .
    Growing up doing construction we had a surplus of tools for the job seeing many that came to work were not prepared .
    Until the advent of air nailers and staplers, hammers were common as dirt . Shortly after the advent of air tools, seeing some one with a hammer was either a home owner doing touch up, or some one too poor to invest in modern means .
    I have even made special hammers that fit my own profile using hatchet handles .
    Some day I"ll gather a few and take pictures .
    Any construction I do now days is with an air nailer, but dismantling I use a saw, framing hammer, and wrecking bar.
    As for black smithing and forming steel and such, I have those hammers, as well as cobblers hammers and machine tool hammers .and several single jacks and sledge hammers, even rail road ,and tire hammers . lots of hammers abused for things they were never intended, the list goes on.
    As with all obsessions/collections, it depends on the reasoning .
    As with antiques, some folk want to leave all deformities in place ( it tells a story), and others believe that restoration make it more valuable .
    Personally It depends on the tool. If i have no intention of actually using it, then what it looks like is of little consequence .
    However if it is like a chisel that the head is mushroomed the right thing to do is grind it off, because in using those chards can penetrate the skin or more when broken during use.
    But if the tool is spent beyond practical repair or use, then it's best left an artistic memorabilia . Not a place in my tool box.
     
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    I believe the "California" framing hammer is a Hart. I have a Hart Framer 25 (model f-25, 25 oz.) I got new, probably in the mid-late 1980s. Little used, still has all the paper stickers on the 16" long hickory handle handle. Checkering on the face is still pretty sharp. Hart started making hammers in 1983.

    Mine looks like this although the label is a wee bit lighter blue or slightly faded. Mine is stamped "HART 25" just like this one.[​IMG]

    I counted about 65 hammers in my accumulation not long ago, and keep finding more in corners, drawers and other places.
     
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    I do like hammers. :D
     
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    I have about 3 that match yours. And a whole lot more. My smallest hammer head is a cross-pein about 3/8" x 3/8" by about 5/8" long. A blacksmith hammer for jewelers. Smallest in a set of about 6, with Teak wood handles. Got them in Thailand years ago for a couple-three bucks for the set. Crude but cute.

    My Idol is Scotty Fulton in Kentucky. The old fellow has a collection of somewhere around 12,000 to 14,000 hammers in his barn/museum on his farm. No kidding.

    I love hammers and fixed-blade knives. No moving parts unless something is amiss, in which case you fix it. Hammers have the added benefit that they don't require periodic sharpening, for those of us who are lazy. A skilled user can do amazing things with one. A hack has no excuse for poor performance.
     
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    Here's a shot of the old ones. The handle was split on the 16oz ball peen so I had to replace it. Lost a bit of character, but it's my most used one.

    All hand-me-downs from dad or granddad.

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    I am a Hart hammer fan and user for many years that sold his last Hart because it was worth more to a collector than to me a user. And I foolishly left one lay at the last flea market I went to thinking I would pick it up on my way back out so I didn't have to carry it around thinking no one would buy a rusty hammer that needed a new handle.:(

    I do believe there is a very nice 16oz smooth face some where in the crawl space of my mothers house. A very nasty place to be. She is selling her house and moving at the end of the month, so should I happen to find it I will post it here.

    Tiny, you have a pretty good eye. o_O
     
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    These are not actually vintage but they are hand forged by a real blacksmith (not an accountant who slept in a certain motel last night).
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    Hammer porn!
     
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    These came to me about a month ago and i had a little time yesterday to take a look.

    The 2 ball pein came tight on their handles.
    The Warner & Noble I rehung.


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    Here's the photos. The two on the left are the recovered ones, the two on the right were my grandfathers. The one is a Eastwing of course. No other marks on any of them. The faces of the two recovered could use a little more work but they function.

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    3lb. True Temper
    8 3/4" total length
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    GREAT thread. I love "used" (vintage is a matter of perspective, lol) hammers, and have a few that I'm very fond of.
    I'll take some pics.
     
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    FBACB9B7-12AD-4222-9D0A-10B1FFF781C8.jpeg F2B7A6B5-EB8B-4E24-8FDA-33EC8A6FE533.jpeg I always buy them if I can get them cheap. Had a couple of old mini sledge heads and a ancient Stanley flooring hammer head all with broken handles I had scrounged at yard sales. Cleaned,painted, dressed them and then replaced the broken original handles with refinished sections of axe handles I had changed out. I haven’t used them enough yet to test the functionality but I think they look like war hammers.
     
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    Those were kind of a big deal when they hit the shelves BITD! ;)
     
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    My contribution. Not all are vintage, but there are a few gems.
    My favorite, an unmarked 2lb head (yard sale find on a busted handle) hung on a repurposed handle, 12" overall to fit in my tool box:
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    3 restored hammers, with grandpa's little brass head in there too:
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    Grandpa's ball peen, face polished for leatherwork:
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    The super high-end rack for the most commonly used at home:
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    And the obligatory drawer:
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    (The PVC pipe contains an 1100 magazine spring... I think...)
     
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    F123F1A5-BF85-4276-B0B6-B4BC9EB34D73.jpeg Does my 10 pound Warren-teed sledge count?
    Just finished hanging it and slipping in some BLO/pine tar mix.
     
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    Or, my Briar Edge ball pein?
     
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    My latest Hart(I think). Got it for couple of bucks at a pawn shop with marking apparently gone and a axe handle gorilla glued into the head. I was informed that there is no way to remove that handle. Pretty sure is is a 25 with enough waffle left to restore pretty easy.
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    BUMP!
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    Drilling hammer. In the UK, they are called "lump" hammers. There's a machinist from the UK on the PracticalMachinist site who refers to his lump hammer as "Mr. Slammy". Apparently when an apprentice screws up, he throws Mr. Slammy across the shop at them. :)
     
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    D. Maydole
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    Technically I suppose this is a mallet rather than a hammer, but it's a vintage pounder nonetheless.
    Bought it at a yard sale with some other tools, and it was in pretty bad shape. The head had a huge hunk missing from one side, and the handle just fell out of the wobbled hole.
    Cut a slab off both sides to even them out, shaved both faces to get rid of the pulpy mess that decades of hard use had created, and trimmed the handle down until I reached a thick enough section for rehanging it.
    Crappy before pic:
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    And today:
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    Slowly getting a decent selection of vintage tools that I can actually use:
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    here's a few I just picked up at a yard sale this morning, I've been collecting vintage tools on & off for a while but just found this thread today ! I have some other hammers at home I'll have to get pics of and show you guys !
    You all have some really nice examples in here !!!
     
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    A vintage Stanley tack hammer.
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    I made the mistake of showing my wife how these old tack hammers work with the magnetic head. At least I know where it is....
     
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    And here we go....let the soak begin. Any recommendation on soak time ??
     
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    A couple I picked up at a previous sale.
     
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    I never thought about heat to be honest.....no heat applied
     
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    I meant ambient temp- I wasn't sure if you were in the deep south or Monnesota.
     
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    midwest 80's
     
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    Some good footage here of some guys that could swing a spike maul. When I was really young and green I worked with some guys that swung sledge hammers in much the same fashion and they knew all kinds of old work songs. They kept us entertained and the work got done. Looking back on it they probably got replaced by a machine on the rail road. They were kind of drifters is about all I could get out of them.
     
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    after 24 hour soak....what my pictures aren't reflecting is the color that has emerged. it's what I would call battleship gray and the front and back end are finished black.
     
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    The gray is from the vinegar soak and the black ends reveal the temper, hard steel for the abuse of its work.

    Hang it and love it!:dblthumb:
     
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    Atha
    Rehung with a dark walnut wedge
    Super tight, super clean lines

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    The two hammer heads at the bottom were used for single jack drilling in rock. Not many around like those.

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    Here's one I found a while ago and did a thread about:

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    Excellent!

    Please tell all you can about the angry looking ruler hanging to the right.
    I am most curious and excited to learn about that
     
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    That angry looking ruler is from a old sawmill carriage. It’s the “ruler” that the carriage rider would use to determine how wide a board was going to be cut before the log was feed into the saw blade.
    The old timers would tell me stories about guys arguing about who ran the saw mill. Was it the guy riding the carriage in charge of moving the log forward with the set works and determing how to get the most lumber possible out of a log? Or was it the guy in charge of runing the carriage back and forth, controlling the speed and feed that the log was cut? Simpler times back then....
     
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    I have some of the above, but like all of them!
     
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    Thank you for the education on that. I do plan to hang it and some others too.
     

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