More Lump Hammers in the Works
Posted on 31 August 2018
We sold out of our first batch of lump hammers in two hours on Wednesday, which was quite a surprise. Today, Raney and John are boxing up the first batch of hammers to go out. And then they’ll begin production on a new batch of hammers for the store.
In the meantime, you might enjoy the photo above, which I call the post-apocalyptic lump hammer. This is one of our early prototypes that I have been intentionally abusing. We wanted to see how the hammer faces would hold up and if the handle would break.
To test the faces, I loaned the hammer to a masonry demolition crew. When they brought it back, the hammer’s only problem was that the head had come loose on the handle. A wedge fixed that. The handle saw a wee bit of delamination – only one growth ring – with no loss in strength.
This example used to have a charred handle. Some of the charring wore off in use. I removed the rest with a scraper and refinished the handle with soft wax. The decal was a failed experiment – ignore it.
We’re all excited for our customers to receive their lump hammers and start using them – we think you’ll be impressed with how useful they are.
— Christopher Schwarz