Dustin Stephens
I am wanting to get a cross pein hammer.  Do you guys think one from HF or RK will be sufficient or do I need to look for one somewhere else?
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Any will work.  My first came from Lowes.  Then I picked up one at a hardwear store.  The rest came from flea markets and such.

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Anthony San Miguel
The HF will work just fine. I would just be sure to dress the peen a little bit to reduce peen marks otherwise you'll have a lot more hammering or grinding to get rid of them on your stock. BTW, most production hammers, even the more expensive ones usually benefit from some peen dressing.

If you use a grinder to do the dressing on the hammer be sure not to overheat the hammer or you run the risk of drawing down the temper a bit.
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Hank Rearden
No problem at all. I also find hammers and other tools junking on the cheap. Dressing the hammer is good advice.
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