There's usually not a whole lot to say about a new hammer, but the Hardcore Hammer has a pretty inventive twist to it. It's a framing hammer with a slightly recessed striking surface. The waffle pattern is still there, but it's just on the recessed part, the outer rim is smooth. According to the manufacturer, this move serves a couple purposes:
1. It protects the waffle head from damage.
2. If you manage to smash your thumb, it's only going to get 70% pulverized as opposed to 95% pulverized.
3. No more waffle print on your workpiece.
A Hardcore hammer will set you back about $80, which certainly is a lot of money, but it's actually just about right for the high-end framing hammer market, and actually a whole lot cheaper than some Stiletto models.
There's more info, including some cool images and how to purchase one at HardcoreHammers.com
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 27, 2011 6:10 AM
In response to the comments made on the price of the Hardcore Hammer, I would like to point out a couple of features that lend to the price. First, The recessed waffle insert is made from the highest quality, toughest impact resistant tool steel available, which costs about 4 times as much as the steel used in regular hammers. This piece of steel is then precision machined to within .001 of an inch for fitting into the cavity machined into the head of the hammer. Every step of the process is performed here in the United States, using material from the United States, and assembled by Americans, no exceptions! Now, this costs more than outsourcing to countries like China and Mexico, but we believe in our country even more than we do our hammer, and are proud patriots who insist on American Made. I would like to invite any one to try one of our hammers, and compare how long the gripping power of this waffle face hammer lasts compared to ANY other hammer on the market, including the ones that might cost even a lot more than ours. If it doesn't live up to the claims we make, then PLEASE let us know and with my blessing go buy a different American Made hammer. Also, while using your Hardcore Hammer, keep in the back of your mind the saved time and $$ as you never need to go find your smooth faced hammer to set the windows and doors when you're framing. And the next time you hit your finger, (I'm not advocating that you do, but I know it's going to happen) notice how much skin you saved (if you can see through the throbbing pain) vs that brand new milled face hammer. We are planning on introducing a couple new standard framers both smooth and milled face in the near future, and they will be the same quality as the original Hardcore Hammer, and they will be priced very closely to any other similar hammer on the market. I hope this sheds some light on the cost of our Hardcore Hammer. And by the way, right now you can get $20.00 off the regular price at our website. Thanks for your time, and happy framing.
Hardcore Hammers, LLC