The Warrington hammer is a common woodworking tool that falls under the cross-peen category of hammers. The chisel-like cross-peen side of the hammer is used to set small nails and pins while the smaller, rounded face is used to finish driving in the aforementioned nail. The cross-peen side of the tool is also used for refining work, such as furniture and cabinet making. While the standard claw hammer would be more used for tasks that involve greater use of force, the Warrington hammer is preferred for projects that require precision, hence its prevalence in the art of woodworking. The most common length of a standard Warrington hammer is around twelve and a half inches in length with the hammer head weighing between ten to fourteen ounces.[1][2]

Warrington hammer
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Other names
  • Warrington pattern hammer
  • Joiners' hammer
  • English pattern hammer
  • Lancashire pattern Riveting hammer
  • Pin hammer (Scots)
ClassificationWoodworking hand tool

Primary use

The primary usage of the hammer involves holding the target nail in between the index finger and the thumb and then proceeding to use the cross-peen side of the hammer to set the nail. However, the unique design of this hammer allows for a multitude of other uses such as correcting a bent nail or even using the head as a makeshift anvil.[1]


The history of the tool dates back to the mid-1800s with its name most likely coming from the town of Warrington in England. Depending on location, the Warrington hammer could also be known as a Joiners hammer or a Cabinetmaker hammer.[3]

Parts of the Warrington Hammer

Head - The metal top of the hammer, typically made of steel.

Face - The round striking surface on the end of the hammer.

Peen - The chisel-like edge on the reverse side of the face.

Handle - The shaft used to grip the tool. Typically made of wood.[4]

  1. ^ a b "My minimalist tools - another hammer - Paul Sellers' Blog". Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  2. ^ "On Cabinetmakers' Hammers & Their Usefulness". Popular Woodworking. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  3. ^ "What is a Warrington Hammer? (with picture)". About Mechanics. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  4. ^ Berger, Izzy (2018-03-15). "Hammer | Tool Guide | Common Woodworking-Woodworking for Beginners". Common Woodworking. Retrieved 2022-09-21.