Hello folks! I hope you are all doing well. Today on ToughAssTools.com we are going to take a look at the best Titanium hammers on the market. For you old-timers out there still using your old Estwing these Titanium hammers are the newest and biggest thing. Sure they cost a pretty penny compared to your standard framing hammers but I can assure you that they are worth it.
The first solid Titanium hammer can be traced back to the year 1998. (Hard to believe that was nearly twenty years ago.) It was invented and sold by Mark Martinez of the Stiletto tool company out of California. As the years passed more and more people discovered all of the benefits of them and now with each passing year their popularity only grows. Along with the increased sale came increased competition and there are now a handful of companies manufacturing or importing Titanium hammers.
When I write articles like these I like to take the approach of the Good, Better, and Best. What does that mean? Well basically it covers the three personalities of a consumer looking to purchase. Some of you are cheap, like me, and want the bare-bone cheapest hammer on the market. You may want that Titanium hammer but you don’t want to pay nearly two-hundred dollars to get the top of the line one. While some other consumers are more of a middle of the road guy and can stand paying a bit more of a premium to get a higher quality or longer lasting hammer. And lastly, we have the best option. As the word states this is the best of the best. There aren’t any other hammers out there on the market that can beat it. The question you have to ask yourself is what kind of purchaser are you?
But hey, before we dig into the top three best hammers I want to go over some of the basic benefits that we see with Titanium hammers. It only makes sense. If you’re going to spend a hefty amount on a fancy new Titanium hammer than we need to understand why you are doing it and if you should do it in the first place.
Pros & Cons
There are many many benefits to Titanium hammers and I won’t get into each and everyone but instead I’ll cover some of most important ones. If you are interested in reading a bit more about Titanium hammers then click on this link to view another one of my articles.
- Lighter Weight – For those of you who aren’t aware Titanium is forty-five percent lighter than steel. So, what does that mean? It means you can get yourself a fifteen ounce framing hammer with the driving power of a twenty-eight ounce steel one. No more getting tired and winded swing after swing. Oh, and you won’t be lugging that heavy ass hammer on your belt as you go up and down ladders.
- Shock Absorption – Any of you who have worked on a large framing project know the drawbacks of a steel hammer. You don’t notice it at first. Heck, maybe not even after the first hour, but as time goes on and you slug a ten, twelve, or fourteen hour day in your elbow and shoulder will be screaming for mercy. While a steel hammer won’t break on you they have terrible shock absorption and with extended use this can lead to injuries to your wrist, elbow, or shoulder. Titanium hammers have the benefit of not breaking on you AND they have ten times less shock then steel. You get the best of both worlds.
- One Piece Construction – I said it above but it deserves it’s own bullet point as well. One piece Titanium construction means that your hammer will not break. I’m sure you know the hassle of having your wooden handled hammer snap in half during a swing, or worse, having the head of your hammer go flying off into the distance during a swing. All those worries are gone with the purchase of a Titanium hammer.
- You’ll be Faster – As I mentioned above we’ve got the weight savings, the shock absorption savings, and the one piece construction. All of this wraps into an easier hammer to use in driving and in wear and tear on your body. That means that as you use it you will get used to the lighter weight and the faster driving power. After extended use you will notice that you’ll be moving much faster than you did with your old Estwing or Stanley.
Truth be told there aren’t too many cons on Titanium hammers. There are only two that I can think of and the second one isn’t really a con at all but it is worth bringing up.
- Cost – I’m sure you are aware by now but these hammers do not come cheap. You are paying for top quality construction. You are paying for a hammer that you will never have to replace again. The only thing that I could see going wrong on these things is either the grip wearing out on the handle, which can be replaced, or your waffle face eventually wearing out and going smooth on you. (Which, really isn’t that big of a problem in the first place.)
- Thieves – This may not be something a lot of you will consider but it needs to be brought up. I’ve read a lot of accounts of people buying expensive hammers like this only to have it vanish on them at a job site once they go to lunch or walk away for a few moments. I hate to say it but expensive tools like this can be a target to thieves. They’re either going to sell it or use it for themselves but whatever their reason, it sucks.
Enough talk though let’s dig into the Good, Better, and Best of the Titanium hammers on the market today.
Stiletto TI14MC Titan Titanium Framing hammer
The Stiletto TI14MC Titan Titanium Framing hammer is our nomination for the good category. As I stated previously Titanium hammers have been around for nearly twenty years. This Stiletto model is the original titanium hammer that made it’s debut all those years ago. It’s famous in a way.
This is your basic starter Titanium hammer. You get the light weight titanium head with a hickory handle. While this is only a fourteen ounce hammer don’t let that fool you. It has the driving power of a twenty-four ounce steel framer. Some users have even said that it feels even lighter than fourteen ounces due to the balance of the head and handle.
While this doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as some of the other hammers that we’ll be looking at further on it does come with a magnetic nail starter that you’ll learn to love when starting your drive. Along with that you get a serrated or waffle face to allow for better gripping when driving. (See picture) With these two features combined you should notice quite a reduction in losing or bending your nails during swings.
The Stiletto TI14MC comes with a curved wooden handle for better grip and leverage. Depending on who you are you may or may not be a fan of wooden handles. I, myself, am not but to each their own. With the wood you don’t have the huge shock from hammering day in and day out but you will also run into your handle breaking and snapping in half. Regardless of how careful you are it will happen over extended use. Upon reading up on this hammer most users have gone through one to two handles a year. If you’re fine with having to take the time to unwedge a handle, buy a new one, and wedge it back in then by all means this is your hammer.
However, if you want a solid one piece construction Titanium hammer then by all means read on my friends, read on.
Dalluge 7180 16 Ounce Titanium Hammer
Our nomination for the better category is the Dalluge 7180 sixteen ounce titanium hammer. This hammer is made by the Vaughan Manufacturing company out of Illinois. This company has been around nearly just as long as Stiletto has. They were founded all the way back in 1869 in Illinois and have been making hammers ever since.
Truth be told I was a bit conflicted on which hammer would fall into the good or better category but after some debate I chose the Dalluge. This is a sixteen ounce hammer so it comes in at two ounces heavier then our previous selection but the balance on this baby is so great that it will feel even lighter.
Like before it has similar features. We again have the magnetic nail starter along with the serrated or milled face as shown in the picture to the side. The difference here is the head on this hammer has a side nail puller. So not only do you have the rip claw for pulling out nails but you get the side for those hard to reach places.
Again we find that this hammer comes with a wooden handle, but one of the reasons I ranked this as a Better category were the bolts on this handle that reinforces the connection of the head and handle. You have the standard wedge but along with these bolts you get a nice sturdy hold. These handles will last longer than the previous one but again after extended use the bolts will begin to loosen and your wooden handle will eventually break on you.
This is a little bit more expensive then the Stiletto TI14MC but you get the side nail puller along with the reinforced wooden handle. If you’re still looking for that solid one piece construction then continue on reading for the Best of the Best Titanium hammers on the market today. Just be warned that your price is going to jump up.
Ok folks this is it. This is the number one best Titanium hammer on the market today. Again I am going to go with the Stiletto company with their TB15MC TiBone model. This thing is a beast. Before I recommended the fourteen ounce Stiletto and the sixteen ounce Dalluge. This Stiletto TB15MC is right in the middle at fifteen ounces but it drives like a twenty-eight ounce steel framing hammer. Yes, that’s right. Twenty-eight ounces. You’ll be able to compete with Big Bubba with his giant twenty-eight ouncer and you won’t be sweating near as much as him!
The TB15MC comes with a lot of the same features that we mentioned earlier like the serrated face and the magnetic nail starter. The difference starts with the face. This hammer has replaceable faces. So, if your waffle face eventually smooths out over years of use all you have to do is order a replacement face, pop out the old one, and pop in the new one. It’s that easy. Also, not a fan of the waffle face? Simply buy a smooth face addon and there you go.
The best selling point of this hammer though is the solid one piece construction of Titanium. There is no chance of this thing breaking on you. You don’t have to worry about your handle snapping in half and dicking around trying to get the new wooden handle inserted. If you manage to break a Titanium handle you are doing something wrong! Along with the one piece construction you get a ergonomic rubber grip designed for comfort and shock reduction.
While the cost on this thing may surprise you I can assure you that it is well worth the money. This hammer will last generations and the only thing you need to worry about replacing on it is the face every once and a while. The rest of it will stand to the test of time.
Before I close this article I have to mention that each and everyone of these hammers are made in China. While I hate recommending Chinese products the fact of the matter is there just isn’t any other competition out there that can compete with this pricing and that is made in America. It seems that everyone is going the Sears and Craftsmen route and moving everything over to China. However, if I can recommend a USA product I will.
That being said I want to give an honorable mention to Martinez Hammers. Mark Martinez was the original inventor and designer of the first Titanium hammers for Stiletto Tools. Since then he has started a new company known as Martinez Tools. I would like to link to them now showing their newest invention. This thing is a monster and rises above and beyond what is on the market today. Best of all? It is made in the USA. Click here to visit the link on Amazon. Top quality product.
Thanks for reading,