Nupla Dead Blow Handi-Hammer – ToolGuyd’s Handleless Hammer Find

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Handi-Hammer 10 ozCall me old fashioned, but I thought all hammers have handles. Or, at least the ones I haven’t broken are supposed to. Given that I spend a lot of my spare time hunting, testing, abusing, caressing and otherwise ogling tools, it always surprises me a bit when I stumble across one I’ve never seen before. The Handi-Hammer from Nupla Tools falls into just that category. So, why in the world would you want a dead blow hammer that doesn’t actually have a handle?

Stu over at ToolGuyd says:

Lacking the handle of a traditional hammer, Nupla’s Handi-Hammer is exceptionally well suited for use in compact areas where one may not have much swinging room. Plus, its compact size means that it can be stowed nearly anywhere – a kitchen junk drawer, a small tool box, or a road kit.

The Handi-Hammer is also a dead-blow hammer, so there is little recoil with each strike. I have owned Nupla’s 10 ounce model for a few years now, and it has proven itself to be quite indispensable.

Sounds reasonable to me. Plus, you can carry one in your pocket. . . something that would normally be extremely awkward with a traditional hammer. Just brace yourself for the onslaught of “Is that a Nupla Handi-Hammer in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me” jokes.

Nupla Tools makes a 10oz and 14oz version of the dead blow Handi-Hammer, each with both a metal and soft striking faces. Has anyone else used these things? If so, we’re curious, chime in via the comments below.

You can pick up the Nupla Handi-Hammer Handleless Hammer for about $12 at Amazon.

If you’ve got a few extra bucks and a compressor laying around, we also recommend the Porter-Cable PN650 Palm Nailer Kit for hammering in tight spaces. $120 on Amazon. You can also read our review on the PN650 Palm Nailer.

If you’ve got a few extra bucks and no compressor, consider the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Palm Nailer Kit – With Battery & Charger, Model# 2458-21 for about $136 on Amazon.

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About Marc Lyman

Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.

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2 thoughts on “Nupla Dead Blow Handi-Hammer – ToolGuyd’s Handleless Hammer Find”

  1. Another good option for most uses is the Bostitch PN50 mini palm nailer. I picked it up for getting into some tight spots while doing some framing in a soon to be finished basement. Good deal. Although the PC is more burly (6-1/2″ nail capacity!!!) so if I had some serious work to do I’d go for one of those.


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