The first 23
DAMMERRs were mounted on handles from various manufactures.
these were wood but a few were mounted on fiberglass handles. The wood handles all
had to be modified by turning down the end on a lathe to fit into the heads. I didn't like
to wood handles I could find because the only handles I could find that were fat enough
at the head end to fill the hole in the head were mallet handles and the cross section of
the grip was nearly round. A round handle section does not give feedback about which way
the head is pointed. Although functionally fiberglass handles may be the best, I think they
are ugly and they are a pain to mount on the heads and get everything square.
I decided to make
my own handles out of hickory. I got a big slab of hickory
and ripped it
down into 1 inch thick strips. The strips were cut to rough length and then a handle was
shaped from each piece after aligning the handle pattern to the grain as best I could. The
shape was cut out on a trimming router bit using a template. The edges were then
rounded with a round over router bit. Lastly, the the handle was mounted in a lathe to
make the round part that fits into the head.
handle has broken in service which was very upsetting. I
don't know exactly why it
broke but it is possible that I damaged it when pressing the head on and the wedge in. I recall
getting one hammer misaligned in the press but don't know if it was the one that broke.
A PDF discussion of handle strength is here:
modification was to ream out the head so I can fit a steel
tube into the head and
over the handle making an extra strong and robust handle. I call this the “Iron Bound”
handle. I also made one with a steel collar to protect against miss strikes which I call
the “Klutz” handle.
#'s 25, 26, 27 & 28 on shop made handles
#31 with reinforced handle
#31 with reinforced handle
#37 with a protective steel collar below the head, the Klutz
handles cost ~$10-15 but are hard to find. Ordered from
websites often take 3-4 weeks
since they usually drop ship them and they can't find them either. What you want is Nupla part number 59853
or product number A8513 which is a 13" handle that is 0.85" in the large dimension of the cross section.
It has the regular grip not the weird grip that the Omega Pacific hammer uses.
They are a pain and somewhat tricky to put on.
#25 fitted with a fiber glass handle
I have some heat
shrink handle grip which I think is really great. It is very
even when wet. It won't last forever but should last longer than tape. If you get
a DAMMERR, ask me to put some on the handle to try out.
Shrink grip handle wrap
DAMMERR #14 on an early wood handle with a Chouinard hammer for comparison