by Thomas T. Tinker
About 50 to 70 A.D. a Roman tradesman cast an iron hammer head with a cleft in one end. All the better to pound the iron nails he used … or to pull them out for re-use. This tool lays in an Italian Museum today. It took 30,000+ years of tool design to get to that point…. But I digress.
When our tradesman stuck a handle in the Hammer head, we had our first Claw Hammer. You in the pack can find a different definition for the ‘tool’ in every form of dictionary… I rather like the one in my University of Toledo, American Heritage edition. “A tool used to exert an IMPULSIVE FORCE.” c lose.
Curved – Straight – Rip – Geo/paleo – Framing – English … made of Chi-com pot metal or Titanium. For as little as $2.49 at the dollar store, or a nice “Stiletto, T-Bone Titanium & Steel 38oz.” for $219.99.. then there is the “Douglas Framing hammer”.. art on a hickory handle .. you can collect these multi-taskers right along with guns and ammo, Freeze-dried pintos .. or barter booze. Buuuuu..t Naw.. Prepping funds could be used better than another pile of iron.
Me… well, I like my Glocks..(there .. is .. a connection here) I like to keep the list small. I own 5 hammers (that I can find). 1 Estwing claw, 1 Klein electricians, 1 shorty dollar store(in the hardware drawer), 1 tiny tiny ball/tack and my CQB 28 oz. 16 inch Estwing milled face E2-28SM Framing hammer.
It is my go to ‘hammer’. My paver laying, root chopping, gardening troweling, stair building, asphalt patching, plaster hacking, rust remover, wood splitting, open carry out in the night when somethin went bump, is that the pizza man?, deck maint, de-icing, potato digger….. Mine has not looked that clean and dink free since…. Ah… the 80s. I for some reason have given it a name … Pork Chop. I suppose ya could hunt pigs with it too … right? .. but I own different tools for that…. Another article later.
We have other preps along this line such as our 26” campers axe, our hand axe. I will have an all steel ‘dry-wall’ axe by this June.
Now I ask you gringos and gringettes… after seeing a re-run of what ever that zombie series is…. I noticed a fella humping around a nice 28oz. 16” Estwing.. would you say Hollywood has indorsed it’s … other uses? I was so proud I wiped down and re-polished the face of Pork Chop the very next trip to the basement. I also put the claw to the belt sander and put an ever so slight ‘edge’ on em.
Now be honest with yourselves… how many of us cannot pass ‘our’ favorite tool/hammer without just picking it up and twirling it our hand .. not a question really, you know you do it.
Is there not a place in every spot we would leave a flash light? Would this ‘tool’ have a place in the trunk of the car… with our GHBs? In the spirit of conversation and self-examination….. what other uses does the tool have? I could, we could, learn something here….. try not to be … redundent humm could ya.
Thank you for your time. Thank you MD. As always, any comments, questions, suggestions or odd death threats are welcome and I will make every effort to post back.