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    Rehandle Help

    This is a different kind of rehandle, though. I'm thinking of rehandling my Dad's old Estwing claw hammer. It's a 20oz hammer that I made sure I got when he died, over 11 years ago. For some reason, this hammer and his Snap-On pocket knife have always stuck out in my mind, when I think of him. Unfortunately, the knife disappeared, but my "everyday" hammer is the one I inherited from him.

    Well, the hammer is as awesome as ever, but over the course of 20+ years, the handle is cracked at the bottom and sliding off the shank. I am wanting to either put a nice wooden handle around, for a hybrid/hickory look, wrapping it in leather, like the other Estwings we all know, or maybe getting a dyed piece of maple to have a similar look, but give it an interesting update. The issue with this is, I can't find any stabilized, dyed maple big enough, and I'm kinda wondering how to go about it. I'm assuming I could do it like a wa rehandle, but the shank is so long, I doubt I could drill far enough into the wood.

    So, what do you guys think I should go with, and how do I go about it???

    It looks just like these, but of course, with more of a claw at the back.

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    Would think that the primary function of the handle would be shock absorption - both for the user and the hammer. Would something elastic topped with scales work and look nice? With that I'll defer to our resident engineers.
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    Hmm, that is a hard one. How hard are you going to use it? I think I would start by removing the old handle and seeing what the shaft looks like. Then probably go from there. I guess you could just get a big piece of hickory and drill out then center then shape it from there, Or even just a bunch of leather oval spacers.

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    i think i would opt for a laminated leather handle, myself.

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    Honestly I would write the company that made it (if still around) and tell them the story. I'm sure you can get a replacement handle for it.
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    oh, Estwing is certainly still around, and i'm sure they would be happy to help, it seems like that kind of company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crothcipt View Post
    Honestly I would write the company that made it (if still around) and tell them the story. I'm sure you can get a replacement handle for it.
    +1 What's to lose?

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    Not a bad idea. I'll do it now and get back to you guys. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    A long time, generally well respected company like this should give you good response. I always write to companies when I have a problem and have gotten everything from coupons to free stuff, or at the very least good advice or direction. 'Course you don't want a free hammer, cause this one is your dad's, but I bet they come up with something for you when they find that you are trying to restore what is basically a family heirloom from their company. Try to get past the receptionist to someone in the shop.

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    We'll have to wait and see Email has been sent, so there's no turning back now.
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