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Vintage Estwing Hammer

by Sebastian Kaufmann October 28, 2009
ReadVintage Estwing Hammer

A hammer, closely followed by a screwdriver, is one of the tools you will most likely find at everyone’s house. Most wouldn’t give their hammer a second look. But this can be changed easily.

Bottom of vintage Estwing hammer handle.

The Estwing family probably makes the best hammers you can buy. Founded in 1923 by Ernest O. Estwing (a Swedish immigrant), the company still manufactures its hammers in Rockford, Illinois. I love that the website says they want to make “attractive striking” tools. What a great company goal. I was happy when I found this Rip Hammer a few month ago at the Long Beach Antique Market.

Side view of an Estwing hammer head.

With this hammer, head and handle are forged out of one piece. This makes the tool extremely robust, ensuring that you don’t have to fear the head flying off. The grip is made of thin leather discs, which not only make the hammer particularly ‘attractive’ – it’s also a great way to absorb shock. Estwing’s design prevents the discs from coming loose by pushing them into a triple-circle shaped pattern in the steel.

Handle of vintage Estwing hammer.

I’m still trying to find out what year my hammer was made, but thankfully they still make them today – and we proudly carry them in our store.

Leather grip of an Estwing hammer.

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