Updated August 27, 2019

The 6 Best Soft-Faced Hammers

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in August of 2019. These soft-faced hammers are used for woodworking, metalworking, and carpentry to strike surfaces without leaving behind unsightly marks or dents. They are typically double-sided and have removable faces made of rubber, nylon, plastic, or even soft metals, like copper. Our selections considered features such as material quality, ergonomics, and affordability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best soft-faced hammer on Amazon.

6. Wiha 83235030

5. Vaughan SF6XXX

4. Thor TH04312

3. Wera 100 5000020001

2. Thor 31-710R

1. Estwing DFH12

Editor's Notes

August 26, 2019:

Soft-faced hammers are indispensable when working on wood joinery, chiseling, or working on fragile metalwork. Their faces can be made of high-impact resistant plastics, soft metals like copper and aluminum, or dense animal hide. We have ranked plastic faced hammers like the Estwing DFH12 and the Thor 31-710R highly because they are very well-built and because they do not permanently deform like copper-faced hammers. When impacting with plastic-faced hammers, the faces temporarily deform and then return to their original shape. With each strike, copper-faced hammers like the Thor TH04312 slightly deform and will require replacement. They are nonetheless the hammer of choice for many machinists and the Thor is a great model.

Working with hammers can be dangerous and safety precautions should be taken to avoid personal injury or damage to equipment.


Last updated on August 27, 2019 by multiple members of the ezvid wiki editorial staff

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