The Sterling Plane Hammer
The Sterling Plane Hammer is finely manufactured in the USA from Brass Alloy, Stainless Steel and North American Black Walnut (juglans nigra), when properly used and taken care of it will provide many years of service. The Hammer has two faces for use, the brass face is used to adjust plane blades without damaging the blade. The wooden face is used to set the wooden wedge in your wooden planes that lock the position of your blade with minimum marking of your wooden wedge or plane. The wooden face is a replaceable “spud” that is screwed onto a 5/16”- 18 TPI threaded screw in the hammerhead. When the wooden face becomes so deformed from use, it can be replaced with another spud from Sterling Tool Works or made by the owner of the hammer. The Black Walnut handle is attached to the hammerhead by pressing the handle into the head and then cross pinned. The Handle and spud are lightly treated with sanding sealer after they are turned to provide some protection but give the handle a very tactile feel. The Sterling Plane Hammer is now available for shipment for $135 plus shipping and handling, this includes a spare Black Nylon spud for use to tension your saw blade or a highly durable replacement spud. Additional wooden spuds can be purchased for $25 per pair.
The Sterling Plane Hammer was designed for its intended use; adjusting the blades in hand planes. It is NOT intended to be used as; a joinery mallet, drive nails, or for intense striking of other objects. The brass head of the Plane Hammer will age and develop a nice patina with use and exposure to the atmosphere. Should you wish to see the brass gleam like new, you may use a non-abrasive brass cleaner to remove the patina. The Sunshine© cloth is a cloth treated with an agent that cleans brass, some customers report positive results with its careful use.