Years later, the brilliantly designed and gorgeously balanced Maxistrike hammer line is available all over the world, and its exploding popularity is easy to understand the second you take this hammer in hand.
The difference is all in Redback Tools solid, one-piece patented arc shaft, an unlikely-looking curve in the hammer shaft that actually lets the hammer head reach into recessed surfaces that normally would have necessitated a nail punch. Redback calls this "maxi-access," but we just call it genius. The curvature totally recenters the balance, and in turn, makes the blows more efficient as well as less jarring to your arm. Contributing to the noticeable comfort factor is the extraordinary grip on this hammer. Its made of thermoplastic elastomer, which functions both as a shock absorber and secure gripping surface. There are subtle indentations that your fingers just find when you grip it, too, and it feels amazing in hand.
This is a 20-ounce model, but honestly, when youre wielding it, youd think it was much lighter until you see what it can do. The rip claw is machined beautifully, and the whole thing just feels like quality. We think this hammer will become a must-have for professionals, serious do-it-yourselfers and the tool-free apartment dweller who sometimes wants to hang up a picture. Watch this one: we know its going to be a hit. -- Kris Jensen-Van Heste
The Redback Story
When a serious 2002 motorbike accident ended Australian carpenter Jake Tyson's career as a tradesman, he focused his energy on improving a tool that had remained unchanged for more than a centurythe simple hammer. The end result was the Maxistrike, a hammer with a patented arc shaft that allows users to drive nails over obstacles like joists and piping. When he found that large tool companies werent interested in his idea, Tyson decided that he had to market the hammer himself.
Redback launched the Maxistrike in November 2003 and saw it win the "Dealers Pick" award at that years American Hardware Show. Since then, Redback has continued to dedicate itself to manufacturing innovative, sturdy tools for the carpenter and contractor, such as the MaxiS5 Phillips Screwdriver which works with both Posidrive and multiple head sizes of Phillips screws. Other innovative products include the Sketch Tape, a measuring tape that lets users write measurements on the tape's surface, and the Maxiknife, a rugged utility knife with a patented blade-change system and onboard storage for extra blades.
Redback products are meant for professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike, and they are designed for maximum durability and functionality.