Brass heads are great for striking metal stamps: Brass is softer than steel, which helps keep your stamps from being damaged, and brass has no "bounce back" so helps prevent blurred stamped images. Note: It's normal for brass heads to dent.
Plastic mallets, nylon heads, and rawhide mallets are for smoothing deformed metal, or shaping metal (including around a mandrel) without marring it.
Steel heads: for directly texturing and shaping metal sheet, blanks and wire.
Our chasing hammers have a gently rounded face, excellent for flattening wire without leaving marks from the edge of the hammer.
Ball pein hammers are popular for creating the basic hammered texture seen on a wide variety of jewelry.
The flat head of a riveting hammer is for riveting; the angled end is for forging, folding and shaping.