What’s the best titanium hammer for you?
It’s hard to say goodbye to a good hammer, right? Once you find one you like it’s tempting to hold onto it forever. After all, you might never find another great one. Our need to hold onto tools well past their sell-by date means you’re probably still using an old school hammer.
You should have abandoned your steel one on a building site at the turn of the century. It’s all about the titanium hammer these days, and they’re getting more popular by the week. Even though you don’t like change, I guarantee you won’t regret getting one.
Unfortunately, titanium hammers do cost a little more money, which means you’ll want to get the right one at the first time of asking. We’re going to give you all the juicy details I’m sure you’ll want to know, but let’s look at a few top models first. If you stick with a titanium hammer from this list you won’t go wrong.
- Dalluge DDT16P — 16 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Dalluge 7180 — 16 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Stiletto TB15SC TiBone — 15 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Stiletto TB15MC TiBone — 15 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Martinez Tools M4 — 12 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Martinez Tools M1 — 15 Ounce Titanium Hammer
— 16 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Lightweight titanium milled face head
- Titanium provides more power and greater power at point of impact
- Overstrike guard
- Magnetic nail starter for single and duplex nails
- Shock absorbing hickory handle
- Sidewinder nail puller
- Short stack claws are reinforced for increased strength for prying
Wait until the first time you swing a Dalluge DDT16P titanium hammer. Even though you’re swinging a 16 ounce hammer it will feel much lighter on your arm. It comes with a lot of physiological benefits too, so you won’t need to worry about things like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Dalluge has also done an excellent job getting the head-to-handle weight ratio just right.
Therefore, the titanium hammer will offer you dead-center accuracy every single time, plus it’s smooth so it won’t leave any marks. I would say that’s a huge benefit for those who don’t want to lose a fingernail, but you won’t need to hold any nails thanks to the magnetic holder. It’s works with standard and duplex nails in case you use both. Sometimes you will need to pull them out when you mess up. Luckily, the side nail puller will give you extra leverage.
Everything about the Dalluge DDT16P tells you it’s been built to last a very long time. The patented shock absorbing design will dramatically decrease vibrations. An over-strike guard will ensure your handle doesn’t snap in half even though it’s wooden. Also, the claw is reinforced to give it extra strength.
Tips from Vaugn manufacturing, the maker of Dalluge hammers:
- Do not strike nails or other objects with the cheek of the hammer..
- Never strike one hammer against another hammer.
- Do not use a hammer if your hands are oily, greasy or wet.
- Always clean your tools immediately after use.
- Spray light oil on areas prone to rust.
- Store tools in a clean and dry environment.
Also, read their advice on how to choose a hammer.
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—16 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- 16-ounce Titanium Hammer with Serrated Face and Straight Hickory Handle
- Patented Shock Absorbing Design
- Nailoc Magnetic Nail Holder capable of holding both Standard and Duplex Nails
- Unique Overstrike Guard for Increased Handle Protection
- Side Nail Puller for Extra Leverage. Reinforced Claws for Added Strength.
When you start hammering nails in with the Dalluge 7180 you’ll realize it’s deadly accurate too, which doesn’t always mean you will go home with 10 healthy digits. Fortunately, you can relax even if you’re a but clumsier than the average person. The 7180 comes with a milled face that’s rougher than normal, so if you don’t hit the nail dead-on it’s less likely to slip.
The 16 ounce hammer comes with a 17 inch handle. It’s the second Dalluge hammer we’ve looked at with an amazing head-to-handle weight ratio. You’ll hardly feel a thing and it will take less blows than usual until your nail is sitting flush. I know you might be wondering whether or not the wooden handle is too fragile and slippery, but don’t turn to steel or fiberglass. The Dalluge 7180 hickory handle has an ergonomic grip that won’t slip out of your hands. This model comes with the overstrike guard to keep the wood safe when you’re slightly off target.
Please Note: A patented shock absorbing design sounds much better once you know what can eventually go wrong. Maybe you know a contractor or two who ended up with white finger disease after years on the job. If not, imagine looking at your fingers and some of them look like ghosts. It can be caused by vibrations if your hammer doesn’t absorb shocks. Studies have shown it’s not a progressive condition that suddenly goes away when you stop hammering. In some cases, it’s irreversible.
15 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- 15-ounce titanium head has the driving force of 24-ounce steel
- Convenient magnetic nail starter saves your fingers from abuse
- Light enough to work with all day
- Rugged construction makes it extremely durable
- Smooth Steel replaceable faces
- New 180° side nail puller
- Magnetic nail starter
- 10 times less recoil shock
- Stronger prying power than steel
- 18″ Curved contoured handle
One of the big reasons why everyone seems to love Stiletto is the fact they’ve been making tools for over 150 years. They were probably selling hammers to your ancestors. The Stiletto TB15SC TiBone titanium hammer is made in the US too, which isn’t too common these days. Even though the design is very simplistic it’s extremely modern and slick, plus it looks as solid as a rock.
You’ll notice how powerful the titanium hammer is when you start knocking nails in. We’re going to speak about energy transference in more detail once we’ve looked at a few more hammers, but let’s just say the TB15SC TiBone isn’t an ordinary 15 ounce hammer. It actually has the driving force of a 24 ounce steel hammer, but you won’t need to have muscles like Thor to use it non-stop. It’s partly because curved handles give your swing more of a snap.
Safety Tip: The TB15SC TiBone comes with a straight rip claw, which will come in handy somewhere down the line. We’re going to discuss lots of extra jobs they’ll help with in a while, but let’s look at why they’re better than curved claws when it comes to safety. If you ever find yourself sliding down a roof you won’t be able to drive a curved claw into the shingles and plywood. Rip claws will go in easily if you swing hard enough, which will stop you from sliding into the shadowy depths below. Sadly, people put themselves in danger on a regular basis. In life or death situations you need all the help you can get.
15 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- 15oz Titanium head/Steel face combination drives like a 28 oz Steel hammer
- Durable Steel Replaceable MILLED Face
- 17 1/2″ Super-Strong Titanium handle with an ergonomically contoured, hardwearing CURVED black rubber grip
- Patented Side Nail Puller eases 16p nails out with one 180 degree motion with less effort!
- Stiletto’s signature Magnetic Nail Starter
- Stronger, lighter, and 10 times less recoil shock than steel
- Lightweight 15 oz titanium head eases fatigue, yet drives like a 28 oz. steel hammer
- Magnetic nail start feature on nose of the hammer for easy one-handed nails starts in overhead work
- Ergonomically contoured handle grip is made of a hardwearing rubber designed for comfort and built to generate more leverage and power
- Replaceable steel faces for extended tool life, smooth or milled
Again, it feels like you’re hitting a nail with a much heavier hammer when you swing the Stiletto TB15MC. The TiBones share another feature you’ll love, especially if you feel sore after using your steel hammer every day. It has roughly 10 times less recoil shock than regular steel hammers, so your bones won’t start shaking thanks to vibrations. Maybe you won’t end up with white finger disease if you stay on your current path. That being said, it’s still nice to have a hammer that feels like you’re knocking in every single nail with a marshmallow.
If you order a TB15MC TiBone titanium hammer it will come with a milled face, but it doesn’t need to stay that way forever. It’s possible to change the faces depending on which one you need on any specific day. Later on, we’ll look at why it’s necessary to switch faces when you’re working on different jobs. This will extend the life of your hammer for years and years too.
Every hammer we’ve looked at so far comes with a side nail puller, so let’s discuss exactly why it’s so good. It’s not always easy to pull nails out in one fell swoop. This is because they’re too long and your hammer doesn’t have enough leverage, but the best titanium hammer can pull out 16s nails in a single 180 degree motion. It’s excellent considering the nails are 3.5 inches long. Has anyone ever told you where the name comes from? When they were first invented people worked out each 3.5 inch nail would cost around 16 pennies.
12 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Shock reducing titanium handle
- Replaceable and interchangeable smooth faced milled steel head
- Replaceable and interchangeable curved grip
- New and improved side nail puller as well as an angled face
- Curved grip finish hammer,
- Titanium shock reducing frame, the least possible recoil.
At first glance, the M4 titanium hammer looks like a gigantic wrench with a head and handle attached to the ends. The Martinez Tools M4 can be turned into a few styles of hammer pretty easily. For starters, it’s possible to use a milled or smooth head depending on the job you’re working on. You can also replace the straight handle with a curved grip when it suits. After hammering nails for years, I’m sure you’ll have a preference for one or the other. Keep in mind, handles and heads can be changed within a few minutes, so it might be worth keeping all of them in your toolbox.
It won’t take you long to spot how much the M4 costs. We can all agree it’s on the expensive side if you’re only a DIY hobbyist, but if you work with tools every day it’s a superb investment. Don’t write it off straight away. Once the head and handle are locked into position they won’t be able to go anywhere. They won’t come loose no matter how much you abuse them, so it’s more likely you’ll retire before your hammer.
The M4 titanium hammer head is noticeably a lot lighter than every other model we’ve looked at today, but please don’t judge a book by its cover. It will still provide you with more force than a much heavier steel hammer. You’ll get all the extra features you’d expect in a quality titanium one too. A shock reducing frame will protect your arm when you’re hitting nails all day. There is also hardly any recoil and it won’t swing back at you when it slams into the wrong surface.
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15 Ounce Titanium Hammer
- Shock reducing titanium handle
- Replaceable and interchangeable milled steel head
- Replaceable and interchangeable curved grip
- Head is 15oz, total hammer weight is 2lb.
- Titanium handle milled steel head curved grip
- Titanium shock reducing frame, the least possible recoil.
- The revolutionary interchangeable heads can be changed within seconds and lock in place for the strongest hold.
- Features a new and improved side nail puller and angled face
Martinez Tools isn’t as well known as other companies in the industry, but they focus on nothing but hammers. In fact, Mark Martinez claims to be the first person to bring titanium hammers to the market. True or not, the company is leading the way when it comes to technology.
The weight of the M4 head is 12 ounces, whereas this one comes in at 15 ounces. If you had both models in your hand you would also notice the handle is 2 inches longer on the M1. In total, it measures 16 5/16 inches long. Everything else is essentially the exact same if you take the weight and length differences into account. You will also be able to swap your heads and handles with M4 parts, which you’ll be able to pick up separately.
Are you having trouble deciding which Martinez Tools titanium hammer to buy? You need to think about what you’ll actually be doing with the hammer. When you’re framing homes you’ll want to sink 16d nails straight into the wood, which isn’t the easiest job in the world unless you have a powerful hammer. If this is why you need a hammer you’ll appreciate the extra weight and length of the M4. The Martinez Tools M1 model is perfect for everything else.
Biggest Advantages Of A Titanium Hammer
You must have lots of questions about titanium hammers, but there is one important one we’ll need to focus on first. Why are they better than normal steel hammers? In a while, we’re going to look at various things about titanium hammers you’ll find interesting, but let’s find out if you really want/need one first.
Titanium hammers transfer energy more effectively. I know that sounds like something you’d expect to read in a physics textbook, so we’re going to explain it in a way everyone will understand. At the end of the day, it boils down to weight and vibration (plus speed), which we’ll break down now : Weight, Vibration, Speed
Weight – The best titanium hammer will always be much lighter than a steel model. If you look into the metals you’ll realize titanium weighs 45 percent less than standard steel even though it’s the exact same strength. And the end result? Instead of swinging a giant 28 ounce steel hammer you will end up with the same driving force when using a 15 ounce titanium model. Those figures are only examples to illustrate a point, but I’m sure you get the gist of it.
Swinging a steel hammer is a complete waste of time. When you’re bashing in nails, only 70 percent of your swing energy is going into the nail. Once you switch to titanium it automatically jumps to almost 100 percent. None of this matters too much if you’re only knocking in a few nails, because I’m sure you won’t have any difficulties accomplishing your goal. Everything suddenly changes when you use a titanium hammer on a regular basis. Less weight and extra driving force will almost certainly help you avoid constant fatigue.
Vibration – Take a big steel pole and slam it into the ground. Your brain will bounce around in your head for a few seconds due to the vibrations coursing through your body. The same thing happens when you use steel hammers on a much smaller scale, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be safe. Vibrations still cause problems even though it might not become apparent until you end up with an injury. By the time you’ve hammered in thousands of nails on a building site your arm will be aching.
Once you start using a titanium hammer your arm will stop aching straight away. The metal is ten times more shock absorbent than steel, so your hammer will soak everything up. Sure, some steel hammers come with shock absorbing grips to help combat the problem, but it won’t be enough to save you in years to come.
Speed – You’ll be able to swing a titanium hammer much quicker, but it’s not why we’re mentioning speed. It doesn’t technically have anything to do with the tool itself. It’s simply a little bonus everyone will expect when they’re paying top dollar for a new tool. You will be able to speed through your work quicker than someone using a steel hammer. We’re going to discuss why in more detail later on, but you need to know you’ll get more work done in less time.
Are Titanium Hammers Worth The Money?
Yes, titanium hammers are definitely worth every last penny. They’ll save you an enormous amount of money over the course of your life by keeping you healthy. It’s not because less recoil will stop the hammer from bouncing back and hitting you in the face. Having a more accurate swing might save your digits from turning black, but that is only a nice added bonus. It’s not even the fact you’ll feel a lot less fatigued by the time you go home.
Keep using a heavy steel hammer and it’s likely you’ll end up with white finger disease. Your dead fingers will turn white and there are no guarantees they’ll even return to normal. A titanium hammer will help because the disease is caused by vibrations. You could end up suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome too. Bending at the wrists isn’t good for you, but it’s hard to avoid when using a heavy hammer. Lastly, tendonitis could strike when you overuse your tendons.
People who swing hammers all day aren’t known for having the best health insurance in the world. How much will you have to spend if you end up suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions? Titanium hammers don’t sound too expensive once you realize they can help you stay healthy.
Big Features You Don’t Want To Miss Out On
I think we can all agree titanium hammers are worth the money. That doesn’t mean you should pick up the first one you find. If you’re going to spend a little extra on your hammer you’ll need to ensure it comes with a few big features. It will make your life a millions times easier when you’re at work. Let’s look at the most important ones you won’t want to live without once you test them out : Magnetic Nail Holder, Side Nail Puller, Interchangeable Heads
Magnetic Nail Holder – A magnetic nail holder is magical when it comes to safety and speed. If you don’t hold the nail in between two fingers you won’t be able to injure yourself. Some people are born with poor hand-eye coordination and their digits pay the price. I think everyone will appreciate the fact they’ll be able to get more work done. Thanks to the design, you can pick up a nail and place it inside the groove within seconds. It turns out you waste tons of time lining up nails manually if you multiple how long it takes you by how many you knock in each day.
Please Note: Do not use the magnetic nail holder to smash the nail into your wood. You should only be using small taps because it’s there to get you started. If you swing the hammer too hard it’s going to cause lots of problems. One of your friends will end up with a nail in their eye.
Side Nail Puller – If you’re self-employed productivity is more important than anything else. Even if you work for a large company you don’t want to spend ages pulling out nails on a regular basis because it will drive you insane. A side nail puller is designed to let you twist the hammer 180 degrees, which will let you pull out 3.5 inch nails in a single motion. You’ll be able to extract longer nails in no time too. It’s hard to appreciate this feature until you try it for the very first time.
Interchangeable Heads – Some models have interchangeable heads, which certain people will need. It means you’ll be able to swap smooth heads for milled ones in seconds. We’re going to discuss the differences between them in a while, but it’s a bonus if your titanium hammer comes with this feature. Don’t forget your hammer will also last much longer. When the head wears down after many years of use you’ll be able to replace it at a fraction of the cost.
Smooth Versus Milled Titanium Hammer Heads
When you spent time looking through the titanium hammer reviews you would have noticed something obvious on the heads. Some have a face so smooth it looks like it’s been sanded to perfection, whereas others look like the inside of a waffle press. Let’s take a closer look at which one you’ll need in case you’re not too sure : Smooth Face, Milled Face
Smooth Face – In most cases, you’ll need to use a smooth face when hammering nails. You must use a smooth face if you’re putting nails into surfaces people will see. What do you think would happen if yo started going crazy with a milled face titanium hammer? You would end up with waffle press marks on your furniture, walls, and everything else you put nails into. That doesn’t umean you should use all your power when swinging a smooth hammer. Fortunately, it’s a lot less likely you’ll mess anything up.
Milled Face – The handle on milled hammers is sometimes a touch longer, plus the head could weigh a few more ounces too. This is because they’re designed to be used for framing work. It basically means you’ll be hammering nails into surfaces people won’t see, so it doesn’t matter what they look like when the job is done. Nails tend to be longer and the extra length/weight helps give you more power to hammer them in with ease.
Milled titanium hammer faces look like a waffle press because it helps with traction. When you hit a nail your hammer might slide off unless you have a good aim. It’s always harder knocking in longer nails because they don’t have much holding them in place. Feel free to use a smooth face if you can only choose one head, but milled faces will let you work slightly faster. Do you ever find yourself working at funny angles? Toenailing is a perfect example to use because you’ll be hitting at a 45 degree angle while facing the wrong way. A milled face wouldn’t hurt when you find yourself in these kinds of situations.
Rip Claw Versus Curved Claw Titanium Hammers
There is a good reason why we didn’t look at any curved claw hammers. It’s pointless going anywhere near them. The reason why people use them is because they offer extra leverage when you’re pulling nails out of wood. All the rip claw titanium hammers in the list come with a side nail puller, which gives you even more leverage than a curved claw. Straight claws are perfect when you want to break wood into pieces (and stop yourself from falling off a roof), but here are a few additional benefits you’ll get.
Measuring Stick – You won’t always have your tape measure on hand, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a few minutes looking for it. If you’re not measuring anything too important you can always use your titanium hammer. Make a few small indents on your handle if you work with particular lengths all the time. Also, if you want to make sure everything is the same length you can use your whole hammer.
Tear Down Walls – Turn your titanium hammer into a weapon of mass destruction when you want to bring down drywall. It will break into pieces after a few swings. Don’t bother wasting time if you’re going to throw all the wood in the skip when you’re done.
Blade Straightener – Eventually, some of your tools will need to be repaired. Even though something is bent you don’t necessarily need to throw it away. Not when you can use your hammer to straighten it. When you use the rip claw to hold your blades (and other tools) in position it’s less likely you’ll get hurt.
Digging Little Holes – When you’re working on grass you might need to dig a small home. Sadly, you won’t be able to use your hands unless the dirt is extremely soft. If you don’t want to find a trowel you can use your hammer. Once you’ve roughed up the dirt you’ll be able to scoop it out within seconds. It will take even less time to wipe your hammer clean.
Use As Mini Axe – If you plan on building a small fire you don’t need a giant axe designed for breaking logs. For example, you could use some old floorboards instead. A straight claw titanium hammer will break them into tiny pieces.
Please Note: No doubt you’ve noticed we’ve only looked at claw hammers today. If you’re not looking to bash nails into wood you might not need a claw. Instead, you’ll be more interested in ball peen hammers. You can pick up some excellent titanium metalworking hammers too, plus they also reign supreme when compared to steel models.
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The Best Titanium Hammer Is Worth The Money
There is no way you’ll ever regret investing in a professional titanium hammer. It might be the last one you buy, so it’s definitely worth spending a few extra dollars. You’ve just go to decide which one you want to buy, which won’t be easy because every model we’ve looked at today is quality.
Pay close attention to the minor details we’ve talked about. Every titanium hammer will have its positives and negatives. If you need extra advice you should click on the links to read all the unbiased Amazon reviews. Get help from a handful of people and you’ll come to a final decision in no time.