Recently I’ve been noticing more and more carpenters using Titanium hammers like the one shown in this picture. Now my first reaction to this is are you kidding me, these things cost $200 and are about 45% lighter than steel. Now call me crazy but last time I checked force is equal to mass times acceleration. So why on earth would you want a lighter hammer? So you can try to swing 45% faster to produce the same force?
This has been bugging me for some time because I love new gadgets but when you look at a price of $200 I have a hard time understanding why anyone would spend that kind of money on a hammer. I started asking the guys what they thought and each of them told me the same thing. After years of swinging a steel hammer my body is worn out. Now that they own a Titanium hammer they all say that their arm pains have been substantially reduced. But the real question is does it work as well?
I was really surprised that they all said it works just as well. So the real question is why? how? According to Wikipedia, “A titanium head has about 3% recoil and can result in greater efficiency and less fatigue when compared to a steel head with about 27% recoil.” Ahh….now it makes sense. First off the thing is lighter so you’re definitely going to swing it faster and secondly the efficiency of the mass transfer is much better. So it seems to me that you get less abuse on your body and the same effect. In fact you also get a lighter tool belt! I don’t think every DIY guy should buy one of these but for the serious carpenter I think there is some serious merit behind these expensive hammers.
You can buy a Stiletto Titanium Hammer from Amazon.
What do you think? Do you own one? I’d love to hear your feedback on the subject.