Suzanne Knorr
I have an old blacksmith hammer, and no idea how old it is. There’s no marking on it. Any information is welcome! Click image for larger version - Name: DCD607BD-E967-4AE0-95D3-C7B1D45E0F4F.jpeg, Views: 9, Size: 2.05 MB Click image for larger version - Name: 04D80FC0-21B1-4B32-9D32-CC048AAA91A6.jpeg, Views: 10, Size: 1.42 MB Click image for larger version - Name: 506AF7BB-A242-441C-A9EE-95D9B43552C1.jpeg, Views: 8, Size: 1.36 MB
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Suzanne Knorr
There’s some cracks right at the top of the handle too. Should I not use it?
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jmccustomknives
I'm not convinced it's a hammer.  The handle itself is pretty small.  I think it may be a striking tool instead.  Probably special made for a specific task.  As far as age goes, it's difficult to tell without some tests.  One good test would be a spark test to see if the body is wrought iron or steel.  Wrought would mean it was well over 100 years old. 

If it's just a trick of the pics about the size of the handle in proportion to the hammer cracks that are deep can cause failure.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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mtforge
I was thinking the same thing. Looks more like a tool that is struck with a hammer. Maybe a drift?
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Norseman C.B.
Could possibly be an old rock hound hammer .......
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jmccustomknives
Norseman C.B. wrote:
Could possibly be an old rock hound hammer .......


When I first saw it that's what I thought too.  Right now I'm torn 50/50 between striking and rock hound.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
I'm with the stone mason.
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confederatemule
Am I the only person who thinks the handle is not original to that head? I believe the handle is second hand.

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mtforge
The handle could be third or fourth hand. I tend to have to replace handle a lot.
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Marc
Not a forging hammer but possibly a repousse hammer. The handle is of course irrelevant since it is replaced as many times as necessary. 
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