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Rosco

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Hi, I have a 16oz visa fibreglass shaft hammer currently. I'm considering getting an Estwing. I've seen the 20oz Estwing at a good reduced price but having had a 16oz for years I'm not sure about getting the extra weight. To anyone with a Estwing, what do you think of the 20oz, if thats what you have?

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Hi Rosco
I've had mine for over 30 years and still going strong. Here it is:
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Rosco

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Thanks Estwing, what weight is yours do you know?
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I prefer a chisel-ended hammer rather than a pick (better for scratching around in loose stones, as well as splitting them along bedding planes) so I went for the 22oz "Estwing 'Big Blue' Rock Chisel". Never found the weight difference over my old 16oz 'Footprint' to be a problem, though I am a bit on the large side myself. The square head is broader than most geologists hammers - so less chance of missing the top of a chisel on cold wet days.
Feels good in the hand and almost certainly going to outlast me. Choice of tools is a very personal thing though - what's best for me might not work for you and vice versa. 

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Rosco

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Thanks, like the look of that big blue! You're right its personal choice
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Hi Rosco
I think it's 22 oz, but I don't think the extra weight will be a problem, infact, it'll be easier to break heavier rock, I suppose
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