Pein (peen)

One end of the hammer's head is used to hammer nails. The opposite end can have various purposes, one of which is hammering a metal surface. In this case, this part of the hammer is rounded, and known as the pein or peen. Peening is the process of working a metal surface by hammering.

In a claw hammer, one end of the head is shaped as a claw for pulling out nails.

In a club hammer, the two ends of the head tend to be identical. A club hammer is essentially a small sledgehammer, for driving chisels or stakes.

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