In the early 90s I always carried 2 hammers....both from Sears
1. The 23 oz Craftsman California Framer (wooden handle - lifetime replacement)
2. 28 oz Craftsman Wooden-handled hammer.
I worked for Estwing guys. They always gave me a hard time about my wooden-handled hammer. About once every six weeks, I'd take it in for a replacement. The Unconditional Warranty was fully tested on time when I returned a perfectly good hammer, because the knurling on the strike face was smashed flat from pounding concrete "cut" nails.
The Sears gentleman tried to refuse the replacement but I pressed him to explain what UNCONDITIONAL meant. He finally caved.
I always thought that was a strange guarantee to put out there.
Nice to have new tools every so often though.
My wife bought me a Stiletto back several years ago.....made in USA 15 oz Ti-bone. I love that hammer. Kinda 'spensive, but really a sweet tool.
Have fun making your selection. I used to head to the hammer section in Sears, HD and Lowes just to put my hands on their hammers. After getting a Stiletto, I don't have that pull anymore.
I see a lot of pro framers in South Western Orgon and Northern Calif...
All have used mostly Stiletto Ti-bones and other Stilettos...:thumbsup:
One hell of a hammer...:thumbup:
Would like to have had one in my production days...
Are stilettos still made in the USA ?