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I've been sidelined recently because of Arthritis in my hammer hand. Can't even hold a hammer, much less swing it.  During this time, I've been thinking about re-handling my heaviest hammer.  Was reading Wayne Goddard's knifemaking book last night where he shows and discusses his slotted handle hammer.  Just curious, have any of you ever made or used a hammer of that sort?

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I could have sworn that this was discussed a while back.  And it was, but looks like it was quite a while back.  Here are two of what look to be the better threads that mention it: thread 1 and thread 2.  Definitely worth revisiting now.  

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This topic is not exactly about the split hammer handles but I've got a few things posted in there over time that I've learned about making a "springy" hammer handle with other tools as well.  And some things I've had to unlearn about hammer technique.

 

I've been surprised of how thin I have some of my handles and how well they have been holding up over time.

 

I would like to try the split hammer handle, or slotted if I get the chance to make one. I've also thought over making the neck of the hammer more like an "I" beam to see if it remain springy. 

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1 hour ago, Jerrod Miller said:

I could have sworn that this was discussed a while back.  And it was, but looks like it was quite a while back.  Here are two of what look to be the better threads that mention it: thread 1 and thread 2.  Definitely worth revisiting now.  

 

Thread 1 and thread 2 there need to be pinned in Shop Safety!  Mike Blue, who gave a really excellent writeup in Thread 1, is a doctor.  An osteopath, actually, with a really good handle on how the body works in a holistic manner.  He's not a "take a pill and forget it" doc, he's a "Do it this way and it won't hurt" kind of doctor.  

 

Maybe I'll take some of the better comments and put 'em in a new combo thread...  And I had totally forgotten about saying proper hammering is like bouncing a rubber ball.  But it is. B)

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Thanks to all of you.  I really did do a "search", but I seldom ask the right question of a search engine and so I seldom get an answer that's helpful.  I'll check these links out for sure.

 

Well, I have followed the links and they didn't really give me that much info.  Has there not been anyone on the forum who has used (beyond just a couple of test swings) a hammer like Goddard shows in his book?

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True, I have not because I did not see the need to make one that way after I modified handles to fit my own personal preferences. 

 

I still experience some hammer shock but nothing that has caused me to stop working.  If anything, all the pain I used to experience I found dissipated with thinner handles to grip, a lighter grip, and the neck of the hammer being less ridged.

 

In a way, cutting the center of the neck of the hammer out is a little of the same thing.  Although it is more like an 'I" beam in that the hammer handle should be able to flex at the neck in the direction of the force.  But remain ridged along the side planes.

 

I would like to ask, How heavy is the hammer your using, most importantly,  how are you gripping the hammer? Tight or loose?

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I think the fact that you can't find anyone who uses one like that says a lot about how useful that modification is... ;)

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I guess so, Alan, thanks.  I've asked the smiths I personally know and they've not used one.  Interesting.  I'll just go ahead and re-handle this hammer with a style I presently like to use.

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I agree with Alan.  I had a couple of hammers that I split the handles one and I couldn't notice much difference in the shock I felt.

 

Doug

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