Curved or Straight: Which Hammer Claw Is Better?

Updated: Mar. 05, 2021

When it comes to hammer claws there are basically two choices: straight, or curved. But which one should you choose?

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Which hammer claws are best?

Straight Claws

There are two types of straight clawed hammers: short and long. Long claws are sharper and work great for stabbing into a hunk of wood if you want to grab hold of it. But long, straight claws are thinner and can break off in a severe demo situation. Short claws are more rugged but don’t pierce wood as well.

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Which hammer claws are best?


Curved claws can pull most nails out of wood without the aid of a spacer, but provide less leverage than straight claws. Curved claws also don’t protrude as far out, which makes a curved-clawed hammer less likely to get hung up on obstacles or jab you in the leg when crawling around tight spaces.

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