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By Patrick McCombe

Formwork Friendly. If your brand of contracting entails building wood forms, check out Vaughan's V5 steel-handle hammer. The 19-ounce tool — available with either a smooth or waffle face — has a high-leverage nail puller on the head, a magnetic starter that holds both normal and duplex nails, and a reinforced straight claw. It sells for $35. Vaughan Mfg., 800/435-6000. www.vaughanmfg.com

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