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.
     
  3. MrFixIt

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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!
     
  6. ManyHammers

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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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  11. USMCPOP

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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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