Heirloom-quality work requires heirloom-quality tools. The aptly named Hardcore Hammer is the latter. It features a recessed milled traction surface that hits nothing but the nail, thanks to the smooth outer rim. As a result, it can do the job of both a finish and a framing hammer. Made in the USA, it has a hefty 19 oz. head, an 18-inch natural curved wood handle, and a straightened claw for added leverage when dealing with bent nails and creaky boards.