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Old 24th April 2024, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default War Hammer?

I would appreciate any comments on this piece that I own. Came from Haverfordwest, UK. Hand forged. Iron.

head is 8 inches, weight of head is 2Ibs.

I added the haft.

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Old 24th April 2024, 06:23 PM   #2
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Would a war hammer need a hardened face welded to the body of the hammer? Picture #2 one can make out the weld line.
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Old 25th April 2024, 05:47 PM   #4
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At 2 lb, a kilo, I do not believe it is a cobblers hammer, but some sort of machinist/smiths hammer would make sense to me.
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If necessary it would obviously make a ferocious weapon. I think we suggested in earlier discussions that the presence of langets might make objects more likely weapons of some sort.
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Old 26th April 2024, 10:42 AM   #6
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Given that, as it goes, this is not an intended weapon, let us move this thread to the Miscellania Forum ... and see what further comments show up.
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Old 28th April 2024, 06:56 PM   #7
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Maybe an antique slater's hammer?
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Old 29th April 2024, 01:01 AM   #8
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This hammer looks pretty similar to a hammer owned by a fencer I used to know. He had it made by the local smith --- this was 1950's, when we still had smiths in country towns.

He put up rural fencing, the spike end was used like a carpenters center punch, ie, to provide a location hole for a nail to be driven or drilled.

The fencer put up rural fencing using Australian hardwood bush timber, he was driving relatively large steel spikes.
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Old 29th April 2024, 10:37 AM   #9
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I had a look through Salaman's woodworking tools and there are pages and pages of different hammers!

A bit like axes there are not many uses for a spike on the reverse of a hammer - mining perhaps and weapons of course.

However, there is a fairly close match to a Ship Maul used by shipwrights to hammer in the trenails (wooden pins) and large nails during shipbuilding. The tool would then be reversed and the spike used to hammer the pins/nails below the surface of the wood to allow trimming to shape afterwards.

They came in many sizes between 1 1/2 to 8 lbs with handles up to 2' 9".
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Old 29th April 2024, 01:57 PM   #10
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there are not many uses for a spike on the reverse of a hammer - mining perhaps
Stone mason's.
Geologist's.
Panel beater's.
Welders slag.
Blacksmith's hot punch.
Piton (climbers).

That's just from memory without Googling.
While I agree spiked hammers aren't common there are still plenty of trades use/used them, many obscure & now forgotten.
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Old 2nd May 2024, 06:15 PM   #11
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Hello Mgolab,

Allow me to ask, how did you de-rust the hammer head and finish its surface?

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Old 3rd May 2024, 11:34 AM   #12
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Hello: I purchased it in that manner.
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Old 8th May 2024, 09:45 PM   #13
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Coal breaking hammer?
Common in UK households years ago when coal wasn't graded as well.
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