Vintage Sledge Hammer, Warwood Tool, 482 Carbon Steel, Wooden Handle, Primitive Instrument, Metal & Wood, Home Decor, Collectible


The collectible forged-steel Warwood 482 dual-face sledge-hammer is in good condition. While a new handle could be inserted into the forged-steel head of the hammer, it is being offered in this listing as a decorative collectible. The distressed and aged handle appears to be consistent with Hickory wood. As can be seen in the photos, the crack in the end of the handle along with the wear and cracks near the top of the neck reveals that this handle has seen a lot of work over the years. In fact, when looking at what appears to be the forged-steel wedge driven into the end of the hammer, the flattened end of the wedge appears to have been molten when it was installed. Even more, under magnification, the oxidation of the flattened end along with the remaining visible neck of the wedge leading into the end of the wooden handle has the same consistency as the actual head of the hammer. Along with this, the neck of the wooden handle that enters into the actual head has what appears to be a slight oxidation stain where iron oxide has leached into the wood. Hence, it is very likely that this collectible Warwood sledge hammer still has its original handle. In addition to the distress, age, and wear on the handle, there are areas on one side of the dual-face that have been worn or chipped with use. Since this most likely happened while the hammer was driving in something larger made of steel, it is very possible this gorgeously distressed and aged sledge-hammer either was used in railroad construction or heavy demolition. On the top of the of the forged-steel head it shows "WARWOOD" with what appears to be a worn away "6" below it and a "482" on the opposite side. According to references, the Warwood Tool Company began back in 1854 and is still making tools today. While there are no discernible marks for dating this collectible Warwood sledge-hammer, the primitive and simple font along with the lack of "USA" is indicative of an older Warwood sledge-hammer.

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As previously mentioned, the handle is cracked, worn, and distressed. Also, the forged-steel head has what appears to be chips on one side of the dual-face head. In addition, even though the head is still on the handle, there is a little play when pressure is applied. In case it is desired to remove the forged-steel head, it would be easier with some slight slack. However, if it is desired to leave the handle in place, nothing more has to be done. However, if a much tighter fit is desired, then the hammer head simply needs left in water for a little while so the wood will swell up making a much tighter fit. There are some vintage wear, age, and rub marks on this collectible sledge-hammer - mainly due to distress and age. After cleaning the hammer with mild soap and water, a steel-wool pad was used to clean the forged-steel head. Once the hammer was completely dry, a coat of WD-40 was applied over the forged-steel surface to make sure it was less likely to rust. While it could be left like it is, a liberal coat of polyurethane could also be applied over the hammer at some point in the future if so desired.

The decorative possibilities for this collectible six-pound Warwood 482 sledge-hammer are many. The entryway or man-cave would be enhanced by the addition of this gorgeous distressed and worn Warwood 482 sledge-hammer. Also, the open accent table, hearth, or primitive living area would welcome this collectible sledge-hammer for its apparent older age and primitive industrial charm. In addition, the growing tool collection would increase in value and interest upon the arrival of this rare six-pound forged-steel 482 Warwood sledge-hammer.

The collector will appreciate this rare six-pound Warwood 482 sledge-hammer for its good condition, apparent older age, rare six-pound size, included and possibly original handle, primitive industrial charm, and gorgeous overall appearance.

The collectible distressed and worn forged-steel Warwood 482 sledgehammer weighs approximately 120 oz.

The distressed and worn Warwood 482 sledge-hammer measures approximately 32 5/8" in length including the head or 30.5" in length not including the head of the hammer.

The distressed and worn forged-steel dual-face hammer head measures approximately 6" wide x 2 1/16" tall x 2 1/8" deep.

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Vintage Sledge Hammer Warwood Tool 482 Carbon Steel Wooden Handle Primitive Instrument Metal & Wood Home Decor Collectible

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