In an earlier post I asked for advice on hammer selection for a home remodeling. My cheap hammers were too heavy or imbalanced or easily broken. Thanks to everyone for their feedback.
Between this forum and articles I've read it seems most peoples preference for finish nails is around a 16oz or 20oz. It also seems that most people prefer to drive framing nails with a 20-22oz, and a slightly longer handle. I've picked up a few different ones at the stores and have noticed a different feel between sizes and brands. Also noticed that the better known brands seem to feel more comfortable than cheaper ones.
Anyway, I'm going to be building a deck this summer and haven't decided to screw or nail the decking, but I'm certain I'll be driving the framing nails by hand. I've also been looking at fasteners online and see that Maze Nails does not recommend a milled hammer to drive their galvanized nails as it could chip off the coating. My question is, is a milled face really that important on a framing hammer? Do many people frame with a smooth face? I really don't want a collection of hammers, just a couple that I really would use.
Thanks, and Merry Christmas