Tommy Silva's Favorite Hammer
Why Tom Silva won’t trade in his old hammer for a newer one
I enjoyed watching Tom and Kevin build the storage bench on Ask This Old House. However, I couldn’t help but notice the beat-up condition of Tom’s hammer. Won’t Kevin let him purchase a new one?
—Gary Camp, Clearwater, FL
Just to be clear, Kevin knows better than to mess with my hammer. But seriously, of all the hammers I’ve tried—and keep trying—this is the one I keep coming back to, because it’s perfect for 95 percent of the work I do. Sure, it’s got lots of “character”— I’ve been swinging it for more than 20 years and even drilled a few shallow holes in the handle to improve its grip—but I still like the way it feels.
Mine is the 16-ounce Trimmer made by the Hart Tool Company, part of its iconic “The Framer” series. That’s probably why it has the straight claw typical of framing hammers, and not the curved claw found on most trim hammers. It really comes in handy when I need a prying tool.
Sad to say, I couldn’t replace my Trimmer even if I wanted to, because it’s no longer being made. But every now and then I’ll see one for sale online at prices that are quite astounding!
Shown: Tom Silva’s old trim hammer is still a favorite of his after more than two decades of regular use.