Terms of the Trade: What Is a Framing Hammer?

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This is the most common type of hammer, with a long wood handle, a heavy duty steel head on one end and a straight claw on the other. (Some are made with a lighter weight titanium head that increases swing velocity and reduces arm fatigue.) The straight claw is used to remove nails and pry apart lumber, but what’s especially unique about the framing hammer is the grid-patterned head that grips the framing nails so the hammer doesn’t slide off of the surface of the nail.