There are nearly a dozen different types
of hammers, each specially suited for a particular
The most common type of hammer is the Common
Nail hammer with Curved Claw. This hammer
is designed for pounding nails, and when
a nail goes astray, the curved claw can be
used to pull it back out. Two very similar
hammers are the Rip hammer with Straight
Claw and the Finishing hammer, both of which
have straighter claws. When working with
small nails, brads, and such, there is a
Tack hammer with a sharper, lighter head.
For metal work, there is the Ball Peen hammer,
which has no claw at all.
For jobs that require a lot of pounding energy,
such as driving stakes into the ground, there
is the Sledge hammer, or for driving nails
into masonry, there is the Hand Drilling
hammer, both of which has a very heavy head.
There is also a Brick hammer, which can be
used to cut and set bricks and for chipping
For pounding without denting, there are two
choices: the Soft-face hammer and the Carpenter's
Lastly, there's a Drywall hammer
for drywall work, marking wallboard,
cutouts, and setting nails with
for easier finishing.