I am sure that everybody who reads this post has at least one claw hammer. It might be an old school wooden handled hammer or a more modern fibreglass handled model or anything in between.

I personally own two claw hammers, both of which were gifts and both of which have sentimental value to a degree. The first hammer I was given was a wooden handled claw hammer, which was my Father’s first hammer when he entered his apprenticeship as a joiner. Obvious reason for sentimentality.

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The second hammer is an Estwing hammer given to me by one of my brothers. The reason for this hammer having sentimental value is a little more convoluted. Condensed as much as possible, my father has used an Estwing hammer for most of his adult career. My brothers and I grew up seeing him use this hammer and now each of us has one as they last a very long time and his saw much more usage than ours are likely to see.

The problem with these hammers, and to my knowledge, there is only one problem with them, is that they come with an enamel coating that obviously protects the hammer while on the shelf, but with use, the enamel chips and then allows for oxidisation of the hammer. This results in what I call “veins of rust” growing under the enamel.

I have made a short video of how I tackle this problem. You can see the video below:

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks for visiting Shavings & Awl

~Alistair

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