The 6 Best Soft-Faced Hammers

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This wiki has been updated 15 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 recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Estwing DFH12

2. Thor 31-710R

3. Wera 100 5000020001

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.

4. Thor TH04312

5. Vaughan SF6XXX

6. Wiha 83235030

Christopher Thomas
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