Estwing hammers are renowned for their strength and durability. The head, neck and handle tang are forged from a single piece of steel. The most popular handles are the classic leather style and the nylon-vinyl type for exterior use.
Of the two head styles, the regular claw hammers are the choice of most trim carpenters and joiners. The ripping hammers have nearly straight claws and are used in construction where the claws are often driven behind bracing or cladding that has to be removed. Framing hammers are extra-large ripping hammers made for house framing and deck building. The milled face on the 28 oz size reduces glancing blows when driving large spikes.
Handle lengths increase with weight from 11" for the 12 oz hammer to 16" for the 24 and 28 oz sizes.