Product Review: Stiletto TI16SC 16 oz Ti Smooth Face with Curved Hickory Handle, 18″

Stiletto TI16SC 16 oz Ti Smooth Face with Curved Hickory Handle, 18"

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Summary
Overall, I rate this hammer a 4.0 out of 5.0. The positives are the lightweight compared to your standard steel framer and the less shock and recoil after each swing. The main drawbacks on this are the length of the handle at eighteen inches which makes it difficult to carry around and the warranty only covers one year of use. If you are a tradesmen or a full time carpenter then I would highly recommend this hammer on your next framing project. It will save your body and will allow you to get the job done faster. However, if you are a do-it-yourselfer I'm not sure that you would even need to buy a hammer like this. This baby is meant for heavy duty framing work.
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Hello ladies and gentlemen! Today we are going to be reviewing Stiletto’s TI16SC sixteen ounce Titanium hammer. The TI16SC is manufactured by the Stiletto Tool company out of Sacramento, California. Stiletto has been around since the 1850’s California Gold Rush and ever since then they have been manufacturing hammers and tools for tradesmen. After over one-hundred and fifty years of experience I would say that they know what they are doing.Stiletto TI16SC 16 oz Ti Smooth Face with Curved Hickory Handle, 18"

The TI16SC model is a monster. Sure it only comes in at sixteen ounces but that is sixteen ounces of solid Titanium. This hammer is the biggest there is on the market today on Titanium heads. The thing to keep in mind here is that Titanium is forty-five percent less in weight than it’s steel counterpart. So, if we do the math here 16 ounces /(1-0.45) = 29. Twenty-nine ounces. It’s like you are swinging a gigantic twenty-nine ounce steel behemoth.

To give you even more power when swinging the TI16SC Stiletto has gone ahead and made the handle on this thing eighteen inches long. Yes, you heard me right. Eighteen inches for the handle length. A standard Estwing framing hammer comes in at sixteen inches for the handle. So you get an additional two inches of leverage and driving power with each swing. The handle is a standard hickory with the curved axe style as shown in the picture to the right giving you an easy and non slip grip.

This hammer has some more features including a straight rip claw design for demolition, a smooth face with a one and a half inch diameter, and Stiletto’s patented magnetic nail starter to save your fingers during the initial drive. But hey that’s enough about the features of the hammer let’s dive in and see what the Pros and Cons are on Stiletto’s TI16Sc.

 

Pros

  • Well folks you can probably guess the first Pro I am going to list here. You get the power of a nearly thirty-ounce steel framer in a sixteen ounce package. This hammer can drive 16D nails with only two to three strikes. Top that off with the magnetic nail starter and your job will be a heck a lot of easier with this baby.  For those of you who are looking for a top driver with lots of power but don’t want to break your arms off trying to swing a thirty ouncer than this is the hammer for you.
  • Along with the power of a twenty-eight ouncer you also get the benefit of better shock absorption. Any of you guys who are using a solid one piece steel Estwing or another steel brand out there will know what I am talking about. Try swinging one of those twenty plus ouncer hammers all day for twelve hours and see how your wrist, elbow, and shoulder feel. I can guarantee they’ll be on fire and begging for mercy. Each hit you do with a steel hammer causes it to reverberate and recoil right into your arm. The TI16SC saves you this trouble by offering you two benefits. The first being the Hickory wooden handle. Wood absorbs shock significantly better than a steel handle. The second benefit is that Titanium has ten times less shock than a standard steel or iron counterpart. So you get the wood handle and the Titanium head in one package.

Cons

With the cons on a product I like to do a short listing so that I can be as upfront with you as possible on every potential drawback. The rest is up to you to decide if you want to purchase.

  1. Handle Length – As I mentioned above the handle on this product comes in at eighteen inches in length. While this gives you better power and leverage when swinging it also makes it difficult to haul this thing around. Many users have complained that the hammer is so long that it doesn’t even fit in most tool bags. This may not matter to you but it is worth bringing up.
  2. Wooden Handles – This one bugs me. I’ve never been a wooden handle fan. Yes, I know they are great for shock absorption but I HATE having to replace broken handles. Call me lazy, I don’t care. Like it or not if you have a wooden hammer it will eventually break on you. It may take a few months or it may take years but it will break. I am of the mindset that if I am going to be spending over one-hundred dollars on a hammer then I never want to buy another hammer again. I want something that will last and will never fail on me. That is why I recommend the Stiletto TB15MC one piece solid Titanium framing hammer. But hey, if replacing handles doesn’t bother you and you want to save some money then by all means go with the TI16SC model.
  3. Warranty – There is a warranty on this product, don’t get me wrong. It is a one year warranty where Stiletto will replace or repair any damage to your product that is not above or beyond normal usage. Their official policy can be found by clicking here. The reason I bring warranty up is as a con is that it is only a one year term. Most of the time if you’re going to be spending over one-hundred dollars on a hammer you expect a lifetime warranty and many other companies offer this lifetime warranty. I don’t question Stiletto’s quality of manufacturing but it is still a great peace of mind to know that your hammer is warrantied for your lifetime.
  4. Price – This hammer comes in at around one-hundred dollars on Amazon.com. (Prices are subject to change, but this is the price as I write this article.) One-hundred for a hammer may send a lot of you running for the hills but I can assure you that this is an investment and is well worth a little extra money upfront. Your body will thank you and you’ll be faster on the job.
  5. China – The last thing I am going to mention on the Stiletto TI16SC is that the handle of this product is manufactured in China. It seems like we can’t avoid that these days. Nearly everything is made over there. The good news though is that the head of this hammer is made here in the USA by the Stiletto. So you get a half and half deal with the handle being China made and the head being a USA product. But let’s be honest here the head is the most important part of your hammer anyways.

Stiletto TI16SC 16 oz Ti Smooth Face with Curved Hickory Handle, 18"

Conclusion

Overall, I rate this hammer a 4.0 out of 5.0. The positives are the lightweight compared to your standard steel framer and the less shock and recoil after each swing. The main drawbacks on this are the length of the handle at eighteen inches which makes it difficult to carry around and the warranty only covers one year of use.

If you are a tradesmen or a full time carpenter then I would highly recommend this hammer on your next framing project. It will save your body and will allow you to get the job done faster. However, if you are a do-it-yourselfer I’m not sure that you would even need to buy a hammer like this. This baby is meant for heavy duty framing work.

If you would like to purchase then I suggest following this link to Amazon.com. I hope that I was able to help in your buying decision.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

ToughAssTools.com

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