Re: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ...............
Hammers are made for different purposes, and as such use different types of steel and are tempered differently. If you are getting into rockhounding, get a good geologists pick. One with the back end pointed is most useful, but if you are going for fossils a chisel end is best. In addition you might want a 3 pound crack hammer for heavier work. Get the best you can afford and they will last you a lifetime. Estwing is a good brand.
Never use a carpenter's claw hammer on rock. It is case-hardened and steel splinters easily will flake off the hammer head. They become flying scalpels.
From Don Peck - October 13, 2007 at 11:03:53