one of the pother guys on the job used my Stanley fat max hammer to pull nails and he busted the handle, i had seen Dewalt's hammers online and the store in town had just got them. ive been working part time renovating and re-framing and laying sub floor and joists in an old lumber yard. i liked the weight and length of my Stanley but decided to try something lighter plus im a huge dewalt fan. When i first started using the head rang anytime u hit anything metal, this is annoying as all heck and really hurts ur ears. i returned this hammer and exchanged it for dewalts 15oz steel hammer, which was 60 bucks, i would recommend the Stanley 51-402 FatMax 22-Ounce Checkered Face Framing Hammer for anyone instead of this one.
I picked this hammer up the other day as some time back my Eastwing wooden handled framer got stolen and I've been very unhappy with the steel Dead On I got to replace it. I have to say I'm more impressed than I expected to be. With tendinitus in my elbow, I wanted a light hammet that still had some ass behind it and this fits the bill perfectly and saved me a good 75 bucks from buying titanium. The handle is coated with some grippy coating that works quite well but I doubt will last.
For anyone looking for a wood handled multi use hammer, this one should do you right.