By Andrew Alden
Hammers of higher quality and different designs are available from specialty manufacturers and dealers. Heavy users, people with unusual physiques, rockhounds who want a wide choice of options and someone looking for a special present should seek these out, but most people don't need a premium tool. The important thing is never to use a carpenter's hammer and avoid cheap, offbrand tools from discount stores. These can be made of soft or poorly tempered metal that may splinter or bend in heavy use, endangering the user and anyone standing nearby. And cheap materials in the handle may strain the arm and wrist, perform poorly when wet or turn crumbly after long sun exposure.
|Geologist or Prospector's Hammer||Chisel, Mason's or Bricklayer's Hammer||Cross-Peen Crack Hammer||Chisel-Tip Rock Pick|