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The Estwing Leather Handle Claw Hammer is a 16-ounce claw hammer made from a solid piece of steel.   It’s supposed to be beautifully balanced, and has a bound and lacquered leather grip.  It’s made in Rockford, Illinois, by a century-old company – Estwing.  If you’re tempted you can buy one from Kaufmann Mercantile where I first saw them (and have a look at what else they offer).  But a quick Google search will give you plenty of local suppliers.

Over the years I’ve bought quite a few tools – nearly always based on price.  But that was yesterday, I now want a tool box full of beautiful functional tools.  So I’m going to start upgrading – but not with new tools, I’m going to buy beautiful tools that already have a history, (give away my existing ones) and then one day in the future I can pass them on with pride to my grand-daughter.