Like all tools, hammers wear out over time. Sometimes it happens that the handle breaks after long use, or takes another damage. You don't necessarily have to throw a hammer away - you can also re-stalk it yourself. You can read how to do this in this post.
A suitable handle must be purchased for the handle of a hammer. Simple hammer handles are usually available for around 2 - 3 EUR, but high-quality qualities or handles for special hammers can also be significantly more expensive.
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The most important thing is the quality of the handle. Quality features of a good handle are:
- Well-seasoned (alternatively: kiln-dried) wood
- as low wood moisture as possible
- Continuous, straight fibers (important for the breaking strength of the stem!)
- stable and high-quality type of wood, preferably ash or hickory
A purchased ax handle should be overdried again before handling - either in a very dry (centrally heated) room with very low humidity or directly on the heater. Overdrying for a week reduces the wood moisture significantly again, which is beneficial for the handle.
A very dry wooden handle will swell up a little later in normal humidity and then sit all the more firmly in the hammer head. So over-drying always makes sense.
Fit the stem
Mostly the upper end of the stem must be adapted to the opening of the hammer. This is best used to file a file or rasp to bring the upper end in shape. The diameter of the stem must be slightly thicker than the opening so that the stem sits well later.
With a hammer, the over-dried handle can then be beaten into the opening. He should be driven up so far that he protrudes around 5 - 10 mm at the top of the hammer head. That gives him extra hold, since the upper end then thickened something.Tips & Tricks An Old Hammerstiel can simply pick up. The remains in the opening hit them best with a chisel, alternatively they can drill the opening until the stalk remains from themselves.