Ja­panese ham­mer

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Twenty years ago, I took a chance on this odd-look­ing fram­ing ham­mer (be­low right). Glad I did. Be­sides the per­fect bal­ance and feel, it has some nice ex­tras. The steep claw an­gle gives am­ple lever­age for pulling nails, and the claws are pointed so I can dig out sunken nails. A mag­netic nail slot lets me start a nail where I can’t reach high enough to hold the nail. My wood-han­dled ver­sion costs $67 at japan­wood­worker.com; the Ohsho Claw Ham­mer Mid­dium on the left is about $46 at ama­zon.com. BRAD HOLDEN, AS­SO­CIATE ED­I­TOR

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