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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
To begin with, this hammer was note made for professional use. It is doubtful that you will be able to frame a house with it or do any major fencing project. No, it is a little hammer that is to be used around the house and for specific projects you might have. I personally build bird houses. The houses I build are not the ultra fancy ginger bread style of house (I like them but do not have the skill for such work), nor are the mammoth houses you would use for wood ducks or other big critters. My house is more of the bluebird kind of thing...pretty rough and pretty primitive. Anyway, I find that a large standard sized hammer is just too much hammer and that he little tack hammer is simply not enough.

Now I have been digging through my various tool boxes, drawers, kitchen cabinets and such and discovered I have several of these hammers stashed about and close (Physically) relatives have more; all different brands. I thought I would do a bit of comparison.

The hammer being reviewed here is the Great Neck 21000 8 oz with the magnetic nail starter and rubber type handle. I compared this with the Maxcraft 60626 8 ox hammer and the Sheffield 58550 8 oz hammer. Overall all three hammers performed almost identical and are doing the jobs I paid them to do. There are a couple of things to note about this hammer and indeed, the other hammers.

First, these are ideal to have laying around the house for doing minor nailing jobs. My wife, who is a never ending remodeler, uses them all of the time. These hammers were built for smaller hands and my wife does indeed have much smaller hands than I do. She loves using these things.

Second, there is very little difference is the measurements of these three hammers and these small differences are extremely subtle. All have the magnetic nail starter grove on the head and all three are quite well balanced. Being a very short hammer the majority of the weight is located on the head of the hammer which is as it should be to be effective.

I found the grip of the Great Neck 21000 to be extremely comfortable as does my wife, but do keep in mind that we do not use this hammer for hours on end. It is used for rather quick jobs. When I build a bird house I may use 10 nails at the very most...this is not a big nailing job. I have found that even with the short handle, if you coke up on the grip you still have plenty of weight for striking force and you can make your blows extremely accurate.

The price of the Great Neck and the Maxcraft are just about the same. The Sheffield 58550 is from two to three dollars more. As these hammers are quite alike I suspect you are paying just a bit more for the Sheffield simply due to the brand name. I personally could not tell all that much difference in the three.

This is a handy little hammer to have around and I have absolutely no complaints.

MAXCRAFT 60626 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer
Sheffield 58550 Compact Design 8-Ounce Mini Claw Hammer

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2011
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My daughter purchased a short-handled hammer at a dollar store and used it for years before losing it out of her pocket in a rush to get inside her truck. I could not find a replacement in local stores so I searched the Internet. After a lengthy search of many Internet sites I believe Amazon is the only one who has it. I purchased three hammers; two for her and one for me. She put one in her pickup and the other she has in her toolbox on the truck. She uses the hammer everyday to check the air in the tires of her long-haul diesel truck. This style of hammer works especially well for that purpose and it is barely noticeable in her hand if she should need to use it as a weapon.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
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I love this little hammer. It only weighs 8 oz. The colors are a vibrant blue and yellow. The handle has a rubberized grip that gives you total control and non-slippage. The magnetic nail starter is also nice. Overall I love it and highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon September 12, 2012
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With hammers, bigger isn't always better. This hammer weighs about 13.2 ounces, and has a head weight of 8 ounces. Hammer force is equal to half of head mass times the square of the velocity at time of impact. So an eight ounce head with an appropriately sized handle that will let you take an appropriate stroke can be the best tool for the job.

I have many hammers and mallets ranging from sledge hammers down to a Beta 1370 200 95mm Engineers Hammer with Wooden Shaft that really does weigh under eight ounces from head to tip. And that one will flatten the end of a guitar string, which you can't do with a sledge hammer.

The head on this Great Neck is big enough for more than modest jobs, although it will fall short as a general purpose hammer for a handyman. But if you are a handyman, you will appreciate having one of these for certain jobs or tight spots where it will give you more power than larger hammers that have little room to move.

If you are a homeowner who needs to hang pictures, work on small projects, and need something short of a framing hammer, this hammer will go as far as you need it to go.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
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Heavy duty and priced well. Nice for the kitchen! Rubber handle is easy to grip. Cute design and color make it weasy to find around the house.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
The various "mini-hammers" are not light. Due to the steel handles they actually weigh 13oz.
If you require a light weight hammer, get a small hammer that has a wooden handle.
If working in tight spaces, use a regular hammer and grip the handle closer to the head.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
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The hammer is great for giving your girlfriend or wife to hammer a few picture hanger nails in the wall. Plus if they get mad they can't really hurt you.

Seriously, probably not going to get any real work done, but it's useful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
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I bought this specifically to hang pictures on my wall. It works fine, but the nails do NOT stick to the head as advertised. I don't know what 'magnet slot' they're talking about. As long as that's not an issue, it's a fine product.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
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Very convenient to use in the kitchen and the nail holder is pretty cool. What more can you say about a hammer?
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on August 12, 2014
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I got this hammer for my kindergarten aged daughter, as we are going to do a few woodworking projects with our homeschool curriculum. It is perfect for her, but I have to say that I love it for myself as well! It has a great grip, is light enough to hold but heavy enough to hammer, and is the perfect size for basic hammering needs. I love it and definitely recommend!
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