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    What kind of hammer is this?

    Found at a garage sale, this all-steel hammer is 1lb. 3oz. and cost me $1.00
    No manufacture's name on it.
    I've never seen one like this before. For its size, this thing can pack a wallop.
    Is this maybe a machinist's tool?

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    It looks a lot like some hammers I have that were made by Parents and Grandparents in Manual Training Class back in the day.

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    I agree that it looks like a school made hammer. The square shape is commonly used by sheet metal workers to form bends and corners.
    Machinists typically used brass or bronze tools that were softer than the typical metals they work on.

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    Looks like the old gadget hammers sold in the POPULAR mags. Today they would be sold as “ medicine stash hammers”.

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    Maybe for a Tinsmith?
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    My wife is still sore about the only B she ever got in her entire school carrier of straight A's, including college and nursing school. Her one B was in metallurgy class at Boston Technical High School. Her project was a turned metal paper weight. The paper weight has a very similar look to that of the O.P.'s hammer.
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    Yup, that looks like a high school metal shop project.
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    I agree it is most likely a school metal shop project . My reasoning is it incorporates many features taught in metal shop. Turning, knurling , threading, countersinking fasteners etc. The handle is all wrong for the balance of the mass of the head and it looks like it has never see a day of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike calabrese View Post
    I agree it is most likely a school metal shop project . My reasoning is it incorporates many features taught in metal shop. Turning, knurling , threading, countersinking fasteners etc. The handle is all wrong for the balance of the mass of the head and it looks like it has never see a day of work.
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    I have no opinion on what type of hammer it is or if it's a school project BUT;
    Judging a hammer by the handle/head proportions and balance is a non stsrter.
    There are dozens and dozens of hammers that have the appearance of being out of proportion.
    Genno, chasing hammers, caulking mallets, are jsut a few examples that can all have an unbalanced look to them

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    IIRC I made one almost like that in 1976 in Beginning Machine Shop class. The knurling tool fascinated me. After that everything I made that was cylindrical had knurling on it somewhere. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Weber View Post
    I have no opinion on what type of hammer it is or if it's a school project BUT;
    Judging a hammer by the handle/head proportions and balance is a non stsrter.
    There are dozens and dozens of hammers that have the appearance of being out of proportion.
    Genno, chasing hammers, caulking mallets, are jsut a few examples that can all have an unbalanced look to them
    Didn't mean to malign the hammer BUT I know school metal shop products when I see them.
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    The two I posted images of are both horrible hammers.
    Best Regards, Maurice

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