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In one of the old Titanium vs Steel threads someone was looking for someone who'd given the Titanium a fair shake and didn't like it. Here's my story:


I started out with a hand me down Granny's kitchen drawer curved claw hammer. I used it fairly often doing electrical work, but found it lacking when I got into HVAC. So I picked up a 20 oz Estwing straight claw and used it regularly for ten years. It was good for beating on ductwork and did all the part time roofing I got into.

I moved into a salaried position with my company and with that came an incentive to volunteer in the community. I'd always liked working in new houses, so Habitat for Humanity seemed like a good choice. I took my old Estwing and my belt setup of mostly worn out hand me downs and got after that. I wound up on this forum when I was looking for a new belt rig and at the same time discovered titanium hammers. After a month of internal debate, I bought 3 Stilettos. I bought the lathe axe and 12 oz model first. The lathe axe is a joy to hold and use, just a work of art. I loved the feel of the 12oz, but just couldn't get the hang of nailing with it. So of course I bought the 14, right?

I wanted to love it. I used it for weeks on the job, drove 5 pounds of nails practicing with it and just could not get the thing to work right.

I went the opposite way and bought a Vaughn 19 oz Cali Framer and their monster rig axe. I found the Cali Framer wears me out having to swing hard like the Stiletto so I broke out the rig axe. I got some funny looks but man, this is the one! I find it works my arm far less, all I have to do is pick it up and guide it down. I can drive 16s all day in three hits without getting tired, tap-whack-set. I love the flat top of the axe head for checking flush and if I need to shave that last little bit off a board for a perfect fit, I'm already holding the right tool. It's spectacular for prying tasks too, smack the blade in the gap and give it a twist. It'll pull a nail fine if you can get the notch around it.

In conclusion, I'm in love with titanium for my roofing hatchet. For framing however, give me something heavy, I sold my titanium framers.
 

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Couldn’t figure out how i knew that name, then it just dawned on me: Mike Holts Forum. 👍

As far as the titanium’s, I never could get used to them. I swing a 28 oz when I’m framing, and it helps to keep the arms looking good, and the wife happy. 😳🤣

I actually thing a heavier hammer is less work, IF you’ve learned how to swing it. 👍
 

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Couldn’t figure out how i knew that name, then it just dawned on me: Mike Holts Forum. 👍

As far as the titanium’s, I never could get used to them. I swing a 28 oz when I’m framing, and it helps to keep the arms looking good, and the wife happy. 😳🤣

I actually thing a heavier hammer is less work, IF you’ve learned how to swing it. 👍
It's painful watching a guy in his 30's all choked up on a long handle framing hammer trying his damndest to drive nails.
 

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I have a habit of choking up on my hammers. Years of sideways nailing hanging vinyl. It is faster for siding.

I still catch myself doing it with my Stilletto.

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Everybody is different. Same thing with baseball bats, 50 oz bats used to make homers way back when, now they're more like 34 oz.

Heavy hammers are a different technique. You can learn to swing a 2lb axe with 24" handle one handed just fine. It's an easy swing, gravity is doing most of the work, just like with a heavy hammer.

Forearm shock is a different discussion.
 

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Ti-Bone 15 II Axe style full titanium + the M1 Martinez. I like them both. The M1 feels more head-end weighted but the handle is a bit shorter. My work flow (not daily anymore) is conditioned for the Ti-Bone. Love it.
 
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Couldn’t figure out how i knew that name, then it just dawned on me: Mike Holts Forum. 👍

As far as the titanium’s, I never could get used to them. I swing a 28 oz when I’m framing, and it helps to keep the arms looking good, and the wife happy. 😳🤣

I actually thing a heavier hammer is less work, IF you’ve learned how to swing it. 👍
I've been on Holt's, Electrician Talk and HVAC Talk. The last company I worked at would throw me on wiring up boiler rooms, so I joined the electrical forums to learn more as I'd only served a couple years as an electrical apprentice before getting into HVAC. Now I'm in a position with a company that encourages volunteering, so I've been working with our local Habitat crew as often as possible.

I wish framing paid what my current job does, I enjoy it far more.
 

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I'm having a difficult time not ordering one of these kinetic-customs.com hammers.


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I'm having a difficult time not ordering one of these kinetic-customs.com hammers.

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Oh boy, I don't need another hammer to lust after.
Check out this all time great thread from a few years ago

I think that may be the thread I referenced in my OP, but I couldn't remember exactly which epic hammer thread it was where the question was asked. Someone wanted to know if anyone had given titanium a fair shake and gone back to steel. I was very excited about titanium and went through some denial when it wasn't the wonder hammer I expected.
 

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For a minute or two, this was available.

It seems to be discontinued, but I lusted after it for a while, and my brother bought it for me for Christmas years ago.

It's a 28oz, with a black handle and a stainless steel head. (y)

It's my everyday framer now. It's a Black Rhino.

Love this thing.

I also have a 28oz Hart framer. Original, from before they went out of business, and then sold the name to Vaughn, or whoever it was.

I spilled purple primer on it about 2 decades ago, and the stain never faded. 😥
 

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