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Anybody got an old "Bluegrass" hammer?

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A builder friend of mine lost his favorite hammer -- a 22 oz. "Bluegrass" framing hammer with a wooden handle. I'm told they "ping" when used. It was about 25-years-old and had sentimental value.

Anybody know where I can find one of these things? I checked e-bay but found nothing that matches exactly.

TF

Toolfanatic (a.k.a. The man formerly known as "Toolfreak")

(post #75372, reply #1 of 15)

"Bluegrass" was the trade name used by a large regional hardware distributor in Louisville for many years. They went out of business 5-10 years ago, IIRC. The hammer would have been made by someone else and given their badge. I know that Seymour made many of the "Bluegrass" garden implements, but I don't believe that they made hammers (and I think maybe Seymour has gone Chinese as well).


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(post #75372, reply #2 of 15)

Also, I lost my favorite 20oz hickory-handle Plumb framing hammer about 5 years ago and was not able to find anything equivalent. Hickory handles seem to have vanished into history, at least from the major manufacturers.


People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt. --Otto von Bismarck


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

(post #75372, reply #6 of 15)

W. W. Grainger sells wood handles. Gotta know what you;re looking for, I get them for my plumb rigging axe there. Jim

(post #75372, reply #8 of 15)

My favorite hammer is a 20-oz Vaughn '999' with an extra-long hickory handle.  The hammer I got at a used-tool store; the handle came from Home Depot, sized specifically for the 999.    You can get new Vaughns all the time on eBay, both smooth and waffle.

 

 

(post #75372, reply #12 of 15)

Vaughan still uses very good hickory.  I get about three times the mileage out of a Vaughan handle compared to any others I've tried.

(post #75372, reply #3 of 15)

How time flys when you are having fun.

Belknap closed in 1986.

I knew that it has been lot longer than 5-10 years. My step-father retired from there.

But I had to look it up to get the date.

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(post #75372, reply #4 of 15)

Yeah, my mother worked there briefly pre-WWII, and my aunt worked there for many years, in accounting, I believe.

It was neat -- if you had the determination to go downtown to their office you could get darn near anything. (In the early 60s, at least -- they started cutting back on their stock 1965-1970.) The trick was being able to identify what you wanted and pick it out of a catalog, in the era before computers.

Like many such outfits, if they had gotten in some computer-savy folks in the early 80s and caught the cusp of the wave they could be the biggest hardware distributor in the country now. But that was a lot to expect from those dusty hallways.


People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt. --Otto von Bismarck


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

(post #75372, reply #5 of 15)

gunner has a good collection of bluegrass hammers

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(post #75372, reply #7 of 15)

bump


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(post #75372, reply #9 of 15)

I've got a few Blue Grass hammers, no 22ozers, though. I found most of them at farm sales and flea markets...might find one hanging around an old hardware store.

I don't really care for 'em for hammering, if I see one I'll pick it up for ya.

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God says, "Out on Highway 61."

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(post #75372, reply #10 of 15)

 I don't have any 22 .oz wooden handle. Keep this page in your favorites. Check it all the time. There's a 22.oz fiberglass handle on there now. And I think I saw a 24 .oz wooden handle. Just keep watching that link and your bound to find it.


 And the prices fluctuate with the season too. I paid less then $20.00 for a 22 oz. a couple of summers ago. They are fairly easy to find on Ebay if you just watch this link.


http://collectibles.search.ebay.com/blue-grass_Tools-Hardware-Locks_W0QQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQfcclZ1QQfclZ3QQfromZR10QQfrppZ50QQfsooZ2QQfsopZ2QQsacatZ13849QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZbs



 


 


 


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(post #75372, reply #15 of 15)

Will do. Thanks very much!

TF

Toolfanatic (a.k.a. The man formerly known as "Toolfreak")

(post #75372, reply #11 of 15)

I had an 18 oz (yes 18 oz) Bluegrass framing hammer that got stolen decades ago. Still looking ...good luck

(post #75372, reply #13 of 15)

TF,

I have a 22 oz. BG smooth face with a 16" octagonal handle I use for trim. I also have a 32 oz waffle head BG that I used for framing back in the 70's (no pneumatics) Start and set 12cc. It took about 2 months before I could use that hammer all day.

Chuck S

live, work, build, ...better with wood

live, work, build, ...better with wood

(post #75372, reply #14 of 15)

Yep, we listen to "bluegrass" all the time.


Favorite is ' Nine Pound Hammer'