Rubber mallets.
Rubber mallets.
A wooden mallet
A wooden mallet
Stonemason's mallets of plastic, wood and steel
Stonemason's mallets of plastic, wood and steel
An iron mallet with copper faces. Solid head copper mallets are produced with a round or square head
An iron mallet with copper faces. Solid head copper mallets are produced with a round or square head
An aluminum meat mallet, for tenderizing meat
An aluminum meat mallet, for tenderizing meat
Meat mallet.
Meat mallet.
Cooking mallet for crushing crops.
Cooking mallet for crushing crops.
Indian cobbler tool kit, with an iron mallet
Indian cobbler tool kit, with an iron mallet

A mallet is a tool used for imparting force on another object, often made of rubber or sometimes wood, that is smaller than a maul or beetle, and usually has a relatively large head. The term is descriptive of the overall size and proportions of the tool, and not the materials it may be made of, though most mallets have striking faces that are softer than steel.

Mallets are used in various industries, such as upholstery work, and a variety of other general purposes. It is a tool of preference for wood workers using chisels with plastic, metal, or wooden handles, as they give a softened strike with a positive drive.

Less common mallets include:

Mallets of various types are some of the oldest forms of tools, and have been found in Stone Age gravesites.[citation needed]

Musical instruments

Main article: Percussion mallet

Mallets used as drumsticks are often used to strike a marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, metallophone, or vibraphone, collectively referred to as mallet percussion. The sticks usually have shafts made of rattan, birch, or fiberglass. Rattan shafts are more flexible than the other materials. Heads vary in size, shape, and material; they may be made of metal, plastic, rubber, or wood, and some are wrapped with felt, cord, or yarn. Heavier heads produce louder sounds, while harder heads produce sharper and louder sounds, with more overtones.

Toys

Mallets are commonly used as children's toys. Lightweight wooden mallets are used for peg toys. Toy mallets are also used in games such as Whac-A-Mole. Another type of toy mallet is a plastic mallet made of soft, hollow vinyl, with bellows and a built-in whistle, so that when the mallet is struck, it produces a sharp, chirping sound.

A yellow-handled, red-headed squeaky plastic mallet known as the Chipote Chillón ("Squeaky Bruiser"), or the Marreta Biônica ("Bionic Sledgehammer") in Portuguese, was the iconic weapon of Mexican comedian Chespirito's comical superhero character El Chapulín Colorado.

In Sonic the Hedgehog, Amy Rose often uses a mallet called the "Piko Piko Hammer".

In Jujutsu Kaisen, Nobara Kugisaki uses a rubber mallet instead of her usual claw hammer when she doesn't want to kill her opponents.

References

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  7. ^ An illustration of the mallet can be found in Charles F. Mitchell's Building Construction, 11th edition, printed in 1930 by B.T. Batford, Ltd.
  8. ^ Society, New York State Agricultural (1859). "Transactions of the New-York State Agricultural Society". XVIII--1858. The Society: 528–531. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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