Framing hammers take a lot of abuse, and after a while their striking surfaces can start to break down. To prolong the life of the Hardcore Hammer, its maker recessed the waffle face (made from hardened steel) slightly from the head's smooth outer ring. This protects the edges from chipping and could lessen the damage to your fingers if you're unlucky enough to give yourself a whack. Since the hammer doesn't leave a waffle print, it can be used to drive the occasional finish nail. It has a hickory handle and magnetized nail slots on the top and bottom of the head.
Price: $80. 913-322-1254. www.hardcorehammers.com