I bought a Crescent fiberglass-handled hammer as part of a hammer comparison that I put on hold last year, and I really like it, especially its axe-style handle flare.
But while I like the Crescent hammer, there’s one complication – I don’t have a lot of experience with fiberglass hammers.
When I buy hammers for personal use, I tend to stick with wood or steel designs. This tendency can change for specialty hammers, such as automotive dead-blow hammers, but when it comes to claw hammers, ball peins, or mallets, I typically lean very headily towards wood or steel where there are such options.
I’m putting together some tool kit recommendations, and this Crescent hammer keeps drawing my attention. However, the fact of the matter is that my long-term experience with fiberglass-handled hammers is nowhere as extensive as with other handle styles.
Fiberglass handles are lighter than steel, and they tend to also have decent vibration damping. They’re also non-conductive. Even so, I find myself gravitating more towards wood and steel-handled hammers, mostly because that’s what I’m used to.
This hammer has good balance, a comfortable handle, and it seems to be well-made. User reviews seem to be in agreement here. Plus, it’s very affordable at just $13.
But, I feel that I need a second opinion here.
As I mentioned in a recent post, Crescent Tools is a ToolGuyd sponsor. This gives us some options.
ToolGuyd is buying 5 more hammers – 16 oz with rip claw – who wants one? There’s also a 20 oz model if that size works better for you.
If you’re interested, what’s your opinion on fiberglass-handled hammers? Do you like them, love them, or do you not know yet?
If you have used this Crescent hammer specifically, what have your experiences been like?
Lastly, everyone is welcome to chime in, but I’ll be choosing the potential reviewers from among returning commentors. That is, someone leaving their first comment won’t be eligible.
(If you use an unmonitored email address for comments, mention this in your comment and we’ll figure something out.)
This isn’t a giveaway, it’s me looking for a couple of candidates who can help review this hammer. If you get a hammer, I’ll be asking for some feedback after you’ve had a chance to drive in some nails.
I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it seems fun.
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Since we’re talking about Crescent hammers, it seems like a good opportunity to briefly mention the brand’s steel indexing claw hammer. I have a slightly different version of this hammer, and it has been fantastic. I treat it as more of a problem-solver, but it’s definitely a “keeper” – a permanent addition in my tool kit.
This is an 18 oz hammer with an adjustable claw that can lock into 4 different positions for greater leverage, nail pulling, or prying accessibility.
Sorry, I don’t need any reviewers for this hammer, I already know it’s awesome! Although… that shouldn’t discourage anyone from asking in case I can be swayed.
The pivoting claw is the star of this show here – I use this more as a demo tool, nail puller, and material manipulator (meaning I sometimes not so gently nudge things into position) – but you could of course also use it as a nail hammer.