Tony, you sound like you never looked at a ball
peen hammer. One striking surface is round, the
other is flat.
To the OP, claw and ripping hammers can have
different faces. Smooth, or waffle face. So,
there is no way to know.
It is ball Pein, not ball pin, and it has a flat face and a ball end.
A claw hammer has a flat face as well. They are SIMILAR but not
identical on the flat striking face.
The claw hammer can have several different types of striking face - a
framing hammer could have a "knurled"face or a smooth face. A
finishing hammer has a lightly crowned face - more like what you find
on a ball Pien hammer.
A ball pein hammer can be used in place of a finishing hammer to drive
common or finishing nails.
On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:25:19 PM UTC-7, email@example.com wrote:
Well....sorta. The correct name is Ball peen. Named as such as the ball end is used to "peen" pins, rivets and such. Ball pein is also used but it is inaccurate as it does not describe the use of the hammer.
I have it on good authority that the ball peen was invented to use on
leather. They became popular when people began flying jets because they
can be used at high altitudes. Also, they won't ruin shirts.
Thank you. That's what I meant.
And thanks everyone.
I got the ball peen hammer used and I have no idea how old it is, but it
has dents in the flat face, maybe from hammering nails. If it's that
soft, I didn't want to damage it more. Or maybe the dents are from
rivets or something one has to hit harder than a nail????
OTOH, I don't think I've ever put a dent in a claw hammer face.
People beat on all kinds of shit with a ball peen . And you can clean up
that hammer face on a belt sander . Just kind of rock it a little side/side
and up/down to give it a bit of crown <use the unsupported bit between the
platen and the drive roller> . Can be done on a grinder too , but a bit more
((I forget not everybody has a machine shop in their back yard ...))
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:59:50 PM UTC-7, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well....both are ACCEPTED but if you google "pein" you always wind up with it being nothing but a "variant spelling of 'peen'". I could find no dictionary meaning of "pein" at all.
Oddly, I did find a hit for a "ball peen claw hammer" with a picture of a standard ball peen (no claw). But that seems to be from China.
I stand by my original. "pein" is used but it is incorrect. It also appears to be more a British use.
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