|Manufacturer||Wood is Good|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.75 x 10.7 x 2.85 inches|
|Item model number||WD205|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Wood Is Good WD205 Mallet, 18-Ounce
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|Brand||Wood Is Good|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.75 x 10.7 x 2.85 inches|
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Big Horn Corporation manufactures and sells high quality woodworking hand tools, accessories and dust collection fittings to the professional woodworking distributors, tool repair shops and retail stores. The renowned company was acquired by American General Tool Group in 2015 with an aim to achieve better quality products and improved supply chain efficiencies. American General Tool Group remains devoted to provide the same integrity and quality that has become the signature of Big Horn in past few years.
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This Wood Is Good 18-Ounce Mallet is guaranteed unbreakable. The head is made of a tough urethane material designed to be quiet and yet able to transmit the maximum blow to the tool. The handle is beautifully turned out of selected New England hardwood and is polish sanded. Urethane head is 2-3/4-inch diameter. Made in USA
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
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Some reviewers here have put forth theories about which combination of chisel handle and mallet shapes are compatible, and I was somewhat concerned that this section-of-a-cone mallet head might not feel like it is making square contact with my rounded chisel handles. For me, at least, that turns out to be a non-issue. Maybe it’s a Zen thing, but I have concluded that conceptualizing the force of the mallet being conveyed accurately down the length of the chisel iron seems to work, regardless of the mallet shape. In any case, this mallet is great.
As others have reported, the Wood Is Good handle looks and feels good and the polyurethane head conveys plenty of energy to the work piece. I doubt this material can be damaged in normal use, and the manufacturer says they’ll replace it if it ever breaks.
Just one surprise: this thing is heavier than I expected. Turns out there’s lead at its center, and if you need to really wallop something, this will do it. I’m a big guy with large hands, but at first I thought it was maybe heavier than I wanted for finer work, like chopping dovetails. But if you choke up on the handle and wrap your hand around the base of the mallet’s head it becomes more of a delicate precision tool. Slide your hand out to the end of the handle (it’s comfortable both ways) and it’s got plenty of power for chopping large mortises.
I’ve still got my Flintstone mallet hanging on the wall, where it looks impressively Traditional, but this one seems to do it all for me.
The Wood is Good mallets cost the same as the cheap white poly mauls, but are superior quality. The density is good, the heads don't spin, and the handles are well QC'd for grain pattern. After using this 18 oz mallet, I bought the 30 oz as well.
I looked at this mallet for a couple of months before buying it. I was considering several alternatives, all of which cost between $20 - $100 more than the Wood Is Good Mallet. Yet because I couldn't really discern the quality of the Wood Is Good Mallet, $35 seemed expensive. When I started looking for information outside of Amazon, I found the same glowing comments, so I broke and bought it.
It's an EXCELLENT mallet! The handle is hard maple and it is finished *exactly* as its product literature states - to a silky smooth finish. The handle is also very well-shaped. I like to be able to choke up on the handle near the head, and it's very comfortable to hold doing so. The urethane density is perfect. Very firm, but with the slightest give. A tap on granite gives the barest bounce. All of which means maximum striking efficiency with no damage to your tools.
The 18 is weighted with lead in the head (under a sealed maple plug). The mallet is a bit top heavy, in a good way. It performs like a somewhat heavier mallet as a result, but without the overall weight.
Highly recommended. Including over more expensive mallets.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 28, 2021