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Collins 2.5 lb cross pein evaluation


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I just received a 2.5 pound cross pein hammer made by Collins Axe co. 

Only a little better than Harbor freight. There is nothing indicating it was drop forged, most likely cast steel. The cross section is one and a half inches by one and a half inches. There's a large chamfer at about a 45 degree angle that reduces the striking face to a one inch circle. I usually dress new hammers to remove sharp corners but here I would have to remove about a half inch from the face of to get a reasonable size flat working face. The head is poorly fitted with gaps between the handle and the head.

On the positive side the handle is hickory . 

Don't buy this hammer if anything else is available. 


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