Unless you are a jack of all trades, you probably don’t know how many different hammers there are, and what their uses are. But, believe it or not, there are different hammers made for different applications:
Claw Hammer: This is your run of the mill all purpose hammer that we all know and love. These hammers are usually wooden or fiberglass handled, often with a rubberised grip. You can get them in different weights, depending on what you will be using them for, your own strength and preference. The claw is usually curved and has a V cut out which enables it to grab nails and pull them out.
Roofing Hammer: This hammer is similar to a claw hammer, except it doesn’t have a claw, but rather a flat chisel like hatchet end. Usually hatchet end will also have a razor blade screwed onto it. This is for cutting shingles. The nose of the hammer is usually square and flat, and waffled for nailing the larger heads of roofing nails. The hammer is considerably lighter than a claw hammer, as well.
Ball Pein Hammer:This is normally used by engineers, the end where a claw would be is a ball instead. The closed ball end is used for shaping metal and closing rivets. The handles are normally wooden.
Club Hammer: This hammer resembles a sledge hammer, but it smaller. It is essentially the same thing, just smaller. Uses include demolition or to drive stakes and cold chisels.
Bricklayers’ Hammer:Obviously, this is used by brick masons to set or cut brick or tile. The nose is flat and the back end is chisel shaped.