A Funky Hammer – 10 Reasons to Own One
I’m the moderately proud owner of a funky hammer. I never thought I would see the day.
This peculiar hammer was awarded to me for my valiant efforts helping my neighbor install a refrigerator that was almost too large to fit into his house. There wasn’t much of a ceremony when the award was given, but I was touched nonetheless. How thoughtful of him.
Just to clear the air, we didn’t use the hammer to install the refrigerator. It received its custom look during many other projects around the house and shop. To be sure, it’s one of a kind, a genuine collector’s item, but some don’t see the value in owning such a tool.
And, I’m here to give you 10 reasons why such an item should be in every toolbox across the nation.
- The mere sight of this fine tool shows others that you’re a strong, mean and ornery mechanic, not to be messed with.
- Such a tool is often much handier for prying than those long bulky crowbars that are often hard to find. And, it bends easier too.
- It can nail around the corner if needs be, and it gets into tight places that a regular hammer just can’t.
- The unusual angle of the head can straighten bent nails as you drive them in, and it gives you a good excuse for all of the straight ones you regularly bend over while trying to drive them in straight.
- It’s a good tool to throw away when you get frustrated in the workshop.
- Won’t it be great fun to hand it to someone who is expecting a regular hammer? Watch how they use it, the look on their face, and then learn new and curious words as they throw it back in your direction.
- Makes an acceptable boat anchor in a pinch. Tie the rope on tight, you don’t want to loose it.
- Useful for beating on things when you don’t care about what the object looks like after you’re done beating on it. And, you don’t care that your tool appears to have taken a beating as well.
- Provides you with a tool that you’ll gladly lend to others, and you won’t care when or if they get it back to you.
- If you know someone who can’t drive a nail straight, hand it to them as a reward when they finally drive one in straight. Create a special certificate if you please.
And I know what you were thinking, “There’s no way he’ll find 10 reasons to have a funky hammer like this.” Well, it looks like I proved you wrong!
So, when you think that one of your tools has failed you, become disfigured, or otherwise has seen its last days, simply take a few moments to see if it might just have value despite its condition. Let’s practice looking at all of the possibilities.
Clair Schwan has a wide assortment of tools, including those that don’t appear to have any useful purpose to the unimaginative and casual observer. He might simply put this collector’s item on EBay. You can never tell how much it might fetch. Otherwise, it’s probably a good item to keep around for an award ceremony the next time his neighbor comes over to help out on a project.