Hammers Demystified: A Tour of Jewelry-Making Hammers and Their Many Uses

With such a wide range of choices, how do you know which hammer or mallet to use? Read this article to learn more about the array of jewelry hammers and mallets available.

Last edited: 11/19/2019

Forming, riveting, raising, chasing, goldsmith’s, texturing—so many hammers for jewelers to use (the list goes on and on)! Here at Rio Grande, we L-O-V-E hammers. We love them so much that we stock well over 100 hammers and hammer assortments.

Two mallets and three Fretz hammers

Left to right: rawhide mallet (6 oz.), brass mallet (2 lb.), Fretz® HMR-1 jeweler’s planishing hammer, Fretz HMR-102 Silversmith wide raising hammer, Fretz HMR-19 Janus chasing hammer

With such a wide range of choices, how do you know which hammer or mallet to use? In the video below, Mark Nelson discusses the different hammer types and styles. Take a look to see if the hammer you’ve been wondering about is featured.

The Rio Grande website has even more information about choosing and using hammers. Need a quick reference guide on the definitions of hammers? Check out our list: How To Pick the Right Jewelry Hammer. Is the head of your favorite, reliable old hammer coming loose? Check out our How to Tighten the Head of Your Jewelry Hammer video. Want to see some hammers in action? We have plenty more hammer videos.

Do you have a favorite hammer? Share a story, photo or project made with one of the most beloved tools on the jeweler’s bench!