This beautiful-looking tool is called a Latthammer, and it's Germany's version of the carpenter's hammer. The square head ("for greater precision," as Picard's booth representative explained at Holz-Handwerk) is the first thing you notice, and then a closer look reveals this groove at the top:
The sales rep's English wasn't great and my German is non-existent, but through pantomime he explained what it was for. There are times when a carpenter needs to drive a nail in a location over their head, where they cannot reach their other hand up to steady the nail. In these cases, the nail is placed into that groove, where it is held fast by a magnet. The carpenter can then single-handedly whack the nail into the surface far enough to get started, and can then drive it in the rest of the way with the same hand. Observe:
I call that brilliant.
Picard is a German tool manufacturer that's been around since 1857, by the way, and they make every type of hammer you can possibly imagine.
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Douglas hammers are not available and look like will be forever. Their website removed pretty much everything. They do not reply to any emails and also messages on their Facebook page. They probably produced one of the best hammers ever but their customer service sucks. Quite typical with American retail shops. I visited the Vaughan stand in Germany and they offer the Dalluge hammer in the Titanium version. Pretty much a copy of the Douglas but way more expensive.
Rain - There are other and often better products out there than what you saw at that one industry trade show you went to. If you are going to give one company free advertising, you should at least give us readers a fair overview of other products in the genre.
DidnÂ´t Douglas Tool in the U.S. release long time ago, a hammer with the same nail positioning solution ?
I swear IÂ´ve seen an article about the Douglas hammer in core77 or in I.D. magazine in the mid 2000Â´s