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.