Hart Hammers Review

Hart Hammers Lineup Including Hickory, Steel & Fiberglass

It seems that hammers have been reborn in this Country over the last year. We’ve seen major improvements and offerings from nearly all the manufacturers of hammers. Today is no exception as I introduce you to an entire lineup of hammers from Hart Hand Tools. They sent us one of their hickory and steel hammers to check out and we think you’re going to love them.

Key Features

  • Angled Face Design drives nails more efficiently with every swing
  • Innovative Side Nail Strike is perfect for driving nails in tight spaces, such as between studs
  • Side Nail Pull offers enough leverage to remove 16d nails in one fluid motion.
  • Thumb Indent for a better grip and maximum control on a precision strike
  • Magnetic Nail Set for duplex and standard framing nails

Quality Materials & Great Features

In a super competitive world of tools the name of the game these days is quality products that offer great features at a reasonable price. Hart hammers have got that figured out!

This entire lineup of hammers are built from some great materials made to last through thick and thin of construction. Once you pick up one of their hammers you’ll quickly realize they are built to last. Whether it’s the Grade A hickory version or the steel shaft I was very impressed.

The Hart hammers also offer all the latest and greatest in hammer features. I’ve become a huge fan of the side nail pull and the magnetic nail sets and can’t imagine a good hammer without them today.

The Hart Lineup

As you can see above Hart has created an extensive lineup of hammers. These hammers will be available starting this month in select Home Depot stores as well as online at HomeDepot.com (not all of them appear online yet). The lineup includes:

  • Hickory – 18 oz., Smooth Strike Face, Straight Handle – Buy Online
  • Hickory – 21 oz., Smooth Strike Face, Straight Handle – Buy Online
  • Hickory – 21 oz., Milled Strike Face, Curved Handle
  • Hickory – 21 oz., Milled Strike Face, Straight Handle
  • Hickory – 23 oz., Milled Strike Face, Straight Handle – Buy Online
  • Hickory – 25 oz., Milled Strike Face, Curved Handle – Buy Online
  • Steel – 21 oz., Milled Strike Face – Buy Online
  • Steel – 25 oz., Smooth Strike Face – Buy Online
  • Fiberglass – 21 oz., Milled Strike Face


About the author

Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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  1. Randall

    Made in China I guess……

  2. matt

    i like the features on the hammers very inovative

  3. Schummie

    Great tools from Hart

  4. Luke Taylor

    I always wanted a really good hammer so I went out and purchased one 5- 6 years ago. The rubber end piece on the handles fell off about 18 months ago. I recently took it back to Bunnings who showed it to the sales rep who said it was not cover by the limited life time warranty as I don’t have the receipt. I purchased what I thought was a really good hammer that was going to last me a life time and a home handy man. What a load of rubbish. Anyway, I have now purchased an Estwing hammer which I should have done in the first place.

  5. jared worthen

    sorry i was not to happy with the design ,i wish you had the old style framing hammers with out the bulky nail puller i have tried damn near every hammer on the market i end up giving them away and returning back to the same one i have used for more then 20 years countless handles but same head i wish i could find a old style 25oz hart

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Jared – We’ll pass your comments along to the folks at Hart.

  6. Fred Zahn

    So I was reading this morning in the new “web issue” of the Journal of Light Construction, and there was an article about some guy making custom hammers… the idea of which seemed absurd, but it got me to read it. First thing I noticed was that it looked a heck of a lot like my Hart which has been driving nails, fewer these days, without fail for 25-ish years or so. Sure it’s a lot like Washington’s ax, in that I’m on my second head and 4th or 5th wood handle, but what the heck. It’s my go-to for spikes, even the dread God-awful spiral galvanized ones. It’s a superior tool in every respect and there’s nothing I’d rather have in my Occidental Leather hammer ring…. so I couldn’t help but wonder if in this increasingly cheap world if they were still in production. First think I found on the google was that the Hart site is down… and the second thing I came to was your article here. Couple thoughts I was moved to write: 1) WTF? Why, why why, why, why why why, all the pimped-out bling crapping up a classic? There is no single better way to snap off a wood hammer handle than pulling nails! If you’re framing, who cares, bend it over and drive a fresh one. If it’s going to show you’re going to have to put a block of wood under your puller anyway to not mar the surface which this design wouldn’t accommodate. 2) the magnet… please, it’s just going to collect and be full of tiny little shavings of steel. If you can’t reach, wedge a spike between the claws to set it, the spin and drive it home. 3) the thumb notch… again, WTF? are you kidding? that presupposes I’m going to keep my hand in the exact same spot for every swing. Something tells me that 95% of the time the notch would be in the wrong spot and be as uncomfortable as a rock in my boot. 4) the flat sideways-nail-driving place… never had an issue doing that without a purposefully flattened spot, plus it junks up the look of aesthetically nice forging. 5) fiberglass for a framer? ahhh no… leave that to Plumb for 16oz finish hammers. they have that covered and are the best already. 6)steel shafts… Luke the handyman was correct, leave that to Estwing. All the handymen of the world can buy them there to bust up cast iron drain lines and smash holes in concrete block with…. Carpenters use WOOD. And finally, 7) although they have been around a long time, NOBODY needs a milled-face hammer. Nails aren’t supposed to be moving anywhere but straight down, and if that’s where you hammer is going I have no idea why you need that much grip between the 2 surfaces…. If you’re that bad at hammering, you’re probably going to strike the nail with more than the optimal 3 blows anyway, and after your 10-12 swings, there won’t be any head left on the nail… plus every time you miss you’re going to leave one hell of a scar in the surface… and if you get Mr Thumb on a missed swing…. let’s just say you’ll be easy to spot with that giant gauze bandage when you’re hitching rides home.

    Moral of the story, Hart, you made a classic for professionals in a world of C+ homeowner oriented competitors… and you have clearly lost your way. Turn from the Dark Side and go back to your roots. There is plenty of room and opportunity in this world for excellence. AND I SWEAR, if I ever have to replace my heavily patched Occidental Leather hammer ring, and find that they are now making the with yellow vinyl piping trim on them…, I may just have to jump off the next roof I’m on… or have some one hit me between the eyes with my well-used 21oz straight handled smooth faced Hart.

    ps. anybody who buys a hammer with a rubber thingy on the end, deserves to have it fall off, and to do it in fewer than 4 1/2 years… It’s just the hammer trying to shed its superfluous pimpy parts.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Fred….thanks for your great feedback, a great chuckle, and for keeping it real. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why things are changing the way they do. Have a great day and don’t jump off that roof!

  7. noel rosset

    i think their awsome hammers, well balanced the thumb notch is just for when setting the nail a good added feature i dont know what these other guys are talking about do they need to chock up on the handle like that to try an drive 16s they need to go get a vaughan

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