Buying a Hammer & Hardie


Buying a Hammer & Hardie set - What to get

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So you have decided to get a hammer and hardie set and you want to know which ones to get. There are a number of different types now and quite a few of them are still sourced in Italy. Be aware that not all are actually made in Italy though so it is worth checking with the supplier. Below are the different types.

The Hammer

The hammer for cutting stone is normally a lot heavier than normal as with the techniques you use, it is the weight of the hammer that does the cutting. There are now three diffferent weights on the market, just keep in mind that the density of the stone you are going to cut will always remain the same. You may think that a very light hammer will be best for you but this may cause you problems when you are cutting the stone. All weights are approximate as different companies will produce slightly different weights. 

Heavy - 900 grams  - 1kg. The 'standard' weight. If you are used to manual work then go for this one.

Medium - 750 - 850 grams. This weight is gaining in popularity and should still be heavy enough for you to cut using the correct technique.

Light - 450 grams. This used to be specified for children and those with wrist problems. As mentioned above the stone will be just as hard whatever weight you use so with this light weight you might find you have to use more force to cut the stone. This defeats the object of using this type of cutting tool.

The Hardie (hardy)

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The Block

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