Sledge Hammers

A sledge hammer is a tool consisting of a large, flat head attached to a handle. The head is made of metal. The sledge hammer can apply more impulse than other hammers, due to its large size. Along with the mallet, it shares the ability to distribute force over a wide area. This is in contrast to other types of hammers, which concentrate force in a relatively small area.

Modern heavy duty sledge hammers come with 10 to 20 pounds (4.5 to 9.1 kg) heads. Sledge hammers usually require two hands and a swinging motion involving the entire torso, in contrast to smaller hammers used for driving in nails. The combination of a long swinging range, and heavy head, increase the force of the resulting impact.

Sledge hammers are often used in destruction work, for breaking through drywall or masonry walls. Sledge hammers are also used when substantial force is necessary to dislodge a trapped object (often in farm or oil field work), or for fracturing stone or concrete. Another common use is for driving fence posts into the ground. 

They were and still are commonly used by blacksmiths to shape heavy sections of iron.

Peddinghaus Cross Pein Sledge Hammer

Peddinghaus Double Faced Sledge Hammer, Dutch Pattern

Peddinghaus Double Face Sledge Hammer

Peddinghaus Double Faced Sledge Hammer

Peddinghaus Copper Hammer, 1500 gr (3.3 lb)

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Wilton Bash Double Faced Sledge Hammer