July 3, 2013

Warlord - Review


This. Is. Warlord.

What better way for us to celebrate the 4th of July than to take a look at a perfect product of American exceptionalism and rugged individuality. Meet Warlord.


Warlord might be the single greatest tool that I've ever used. Mike, the ace carpenter who has been helping me with my addition created it out of pure necessity about 14 years ago. Since then, Warlord has been causing havoc and creating terror on jobsite after jobsite after jobsite. How was Warlord made? Well, Mike needed to hit something hard, but he didn't have much room, so he took a sledge hammer and sliced the handle on a miter saw. Warlord is sort of the sawed-off shotgun of the construction world. After a few swings, Mike then realized that with a tool as monstrous as this, he needed some kind of serious gripping ability. So he taped up the handle using that hockey stick trick where you unroll the tape, spin it, wrap the coil around the handle, then wrap a couple layers of tape around that. Unstoppable.


In the time it's been here, I've used Warlord as much as I can. It's the perfect tool for things like fireblocking. With Warlord around, you can confidently over cut everything and then smash it into place, snug as a bug. It's amazing how easy it is to swing this tool (and how much power you get out of it). And when you're done with it, the framing hammer feels like a child's toy. Positioning a stud wall has never been easier. And when you really put something into the swing, like when I destroyed an Ikea desk to go in the dumpster, some real magic happens.


Warlord is where it's at. There's something about the length of the handle, the size of the head, and the feel of the grip area that combine to create something that exists far beyond the sum of its parts. Our hats go off to Warlord.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at July 3, 2013 6:55 AM
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6-8-10 lb head? I have an 8 lb head with no handle. A Warlord knock-off is probably a better use for it than a light (but long-handled) BFH.

Posted by: jeff_williams at July 9, 2013 10:56 AM

That twisted chicken wire on the handle looks like it would be rough on the hands, though.

Posted by: James J. O'Hara at July 8, 2013 2:19 PM

elegant in it's raw ,yet refined simplicity must have been handcrafted by dwarven blacksmiths

Posted by: Kevin at July 3, 2013 2:04 PM

I've got something similar to WARLORD - but it doesn't have as cool of a name.

You might want to do the world a favor though, and make a new handle for it. Extra points if you use something like a root maul for the handle, or shape a good hickory handle into a nubby for the end.

I'm just more than a little worried about WARLORD's head flying off and knock the earth off it's axis.

Posted by: Joe 'the Pro' Sainz at July 3, 2013 10:53 AM

Will you be giving one away?? ;)

Posted by: Jason at July 3, 2013 9:26 AM
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