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    Posted 2 years ago

    AnythingOb…
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    I can't say I know exactly how old it is, but I'm betting it has more than a few decades-worth of age on it, as well as copious evidence that it has definitely beaten the crap outta *something(s)* during that time...?? ;-) :-)

    I CAN say that it is most definitely *heavy*, weighing in at 10-1/2 lbs. Its handle is 12" long, made of rather roughly hewn wood and appearing to be original. (since I can't see any way it could even be replaced, if nothing else?) The head is made of solid lead (or some similar alloy) and measures roughly 3" across by 4-1/2" long. There are absolutely no marks or maker's/brand info on it anywhere to be found.

    I'm also nowhere near certain what anybody would actually *use* a 10lb. lead hammer for, beyond obviously *not* driving nails...?? It may be meant for use in some variety of "dangerous environment" (with lead being a 'non-sparking' metal and all) or maybe it is intended to beat on much larger (heavier) things as a means of 'impact adjusting' them in some kind of industrial/railroad/maritime application. SUGGESTIONS WELCOMED, if anybody really does know?! :-) :-) :-)

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      We call these a lump hammer, and they are good for driving things into places they don't want to go :))
    2. UncleRon UncleRon, 1 year ago
      You mean like the mall? (rimshot)

      These hammers were the forerunners of the deadblow hammer which is a modern miracle. :-)
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      Thanks SO MUCH to fortapache, kwqd, Newfld, Irishcollector, Caperkid, and Brunswick for stopping by and tapping the <love it> button -- also to racer4four and UncleRon for taking a moment to add your comments!

      Racer, I suspect the difference between this hammer and a more typical 'lump hammer' is that this one is lead, as UncleRon suggests I'm betting this was intended to be used more like a modern 'deadblow hammer'. (which is a hammer specifically designed *not* to naturally 'bounce offa' whatever you hit with it, they *are* pretty cool things...) I actually own an assortment of more typical steel 'lump hammers' too... <lol>

      [but I personally tend to call 'em my BMFH's, instead... ;-) ]
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 1 year ago
      all this fascinating new info for me - and i collect hammers too. Deadblow hammer? Lump hammer? great detective work. thanks for the education.

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