The Hammer Shaft
Fibreglass shaft hammers
Fibreglass handles are made from continuous glass fibre strands that are bonded into synthetic resin. Carbon fibre is also introduced to make the material even stronger.
Fibreglass shafts offer better resistance to damage from overstrike than wooden shafts and offer a good balance of light weight and strength.
There are none of the problems associated with wooden handles and the shafts are naturally 100% corrosion resistant.
Tubular steel has been a popular hammer shaft material. Steel is very resistant to overstrike damage, it has high strength and none of the storage drawbacks of wood.
However, because the tubular steel handle does not have the comfortable shape or the shock absorbing qualities of wood or fibreglass the grip has a more important role to play in making the hammer comfortable for repeated use.
The C.K range of tubular steel steel shafted hammers feature comfortable contoured grips and also have the advantage of being:
Colour coded according to weight
Very highly coloured so they can be seen easily in a tool box or on site
The ultimate in strength and resistance to damage, this type of hammer has the head and shaft drop forged from a single piece of steel.
The rubber handle is then molded on to it, making a permanent bond.
The C.K single piece forged hammers feature a grip that is made from two different layers of rubber, often called 'two component' handles.
The under layer is harder and forms the bond to the hammer shaft, the top layer is softer and provides a comfortable secure grip.
The C.K handle design also absorbs vibration, which can help prevent Repetitive Strain Injury as mentioned earlier.