Better Know Your Hammer is a guide to metal working hammers based on the blog posts of Wendy Edsall-Kerwin.
I purchased an EBook edition of Better Know Your Hammer a few weeks ago. Like Wendy, I also like hammers and have a growing collection. Mine include a stubby claw hammer and a slightly battered geology hammer. But you won’t find those in this book as it is limited to just metal working hammers. Even with that restriction there are still a wide range of hammers included. The intro explains how these are used for different tasks and provides tips on selection.
The main body of the book looks at each of these in turn, starting with a picture and then details of how they are used. Some hammers are for forming and some for finishing. The author makes a note that this is not a book of tutorials, however. Some of the sections feel a bit sparse and I would have liked to have seen a description of the hammer as well as the picture. The book finishes up with a good glossary.
Whilst I was reading the book I spotted a tweet mentioning that M C Hammer is afraid of Hammers
“Using hammers is always a scary proposition, man,” Hammer told The Huffington Post during a recent in-person interview at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. “You can hit your fingers. So I try my best to not have to hammer too many things.”