Buying a Chisel Hammer

Called a chisel hammer by Paul Sellers, when being sold they can be listed as a ‘nylon hammer’, ‘assembly hammer’ or even a ‘soft-faced hammer’. Paul Sellers prefers a nylon faced hammer, (31-712R Thorex Nylon Hammer) his preferred size is is a 1 ½” (38mm). The head of the hammer is made from steel which has a thread on each end to allow you to interchange the heads between rubber, nylon and plastic. If you have a similar model with a nylon handle, Paul sellers recommends shaping this with a spokeshave to make it more comfortable. You can buy replacements head faces for when the heads get damaged/wear down.

To view the parts of chisel hammer, click here.

🇬🇧We purchased this 31-712R Thorex Nylon Hammer directly from the Thor website for £16.55 with £4.99 delivery*. 🇺🇸If you are ordering from the US, we recommend getting it from Amazon. You can also buy the replacement heads.

Chisel hammer on the workbench

*Prices correct as of September 2019

Further Reading

To read more on chisels, we recommend the following from Paul's blog:

Hammers For Chisels- Many Choices

Buying Good Tools Cheap- On Chisel Hammers


  1. Tone on 9 April 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Thor hammer – albeit with 2 nylon face & wooden handle (model: 12-712N = 20oz/38mm) – cheaper here at, that’s what I bought, using Paul’s posts & videos for guidance, and have no complaints:

    Images show nylon handles but, fear not, the description is correct – mine came with a nice wooden handle 🙂

  2. John Marting on 3 June 2019 at 11:42 pm

    HI folks, I have a couple of questions. Does Paul have a recommended use for the grey “rubber” end of the hammer? I ask because the hammer is sold with both ends nylon as well as those with one nylon and one rubber end as in your picture. I could get the double nylon if he does not see a use for the rubber end.
    Thanks for the guides.

    • Izzy Berger on 5 June 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Hi John,

      Pauls says:
      The grey rubber end is the soft face, used generally for a non marring tip for assembly.

      Kind Regards,

  3. John Marting on 6 June 2019 at 1:25 pm


  4. Stephen Tyrrell on 8 August 2019 at 12:28 am

    I bought a soft face hammer when I started building my work bench, but in my beginner ignorance bought one that only weighs 225grams. Chiselling out the housings for the legs of the bench was a very difficult job with such a light tool. I have just bought the heavier Thor hammer at 650 grams. What a difference!!

  5. jeffdustin on 28 August 2019 at 12:37 am

    I bought a rawhide hammer from

    It is from the State of Maine in the USA. It is a good if lightweight mallet and sturdy.

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