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 £14.06 (inc VAT £16.87)* (£4.99 delivery) in November 2017.

🇺🇸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

*Price checked 17/9/21

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 BergerTeam Member 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.

  6. Huntley on 12 November 2019 at 4:07 am

    If there are any Canadians in the group I found a page that distributes the Thorex hammer. I’m not associated with them just stumbled on them online. I’m in Saskatchewan, Canada and its usually difficult to get things here even with Amazon. We do have a Lee Valley store here however for Veritas products.

  7. Byron Stephen Wiseman on 25 March 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Folks,

    I have a Craftsman 12 ounce yellow and red tip hammer similar or perhaps the same which I notice in you book page 456. Do
    you find them as good for chisel work using the yellow end?

    Many Thanks,

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