A patented design, these beautifully balanced driving hammers function as well as they look. The head and handle are each hand finished down to the finest detail. Carefully crafted by Roger Grant, everything about this hammer is intentional.
Made of the highest grade tool steel that has been heavily hand polished. The strike face is uniformly textured to prevent slippage. The slot of the claws has been hand-ground hand-ground to a critical dimension which also provides for a sharp cutting edge.This allows each nail that is wrung off to be sheared off clean.This design actually cuts the nail starting at two opposite corners rather than merely twisting the nail in two. Due to the patented design, once the nails are cut, they fall free no prying necessary.
The ergonomic design of the handle will enable the farrier to work more easily and with less fatigue. Each handle is hand shaped and sanded.The sides are flattened which allows the hammer to square it's self up in the farrier's hand thus enabling the nail to be driven with better accuracy.
The heel of the "Journeyman" handle is rounded which in turn takes the snap out of the wrist as the nail is driven and relieves shock the farrier's wrist has to absorb as with a conventional handle. After the handle is shaped it is then flame scorched to open up the pores of the wood. It is then immersed in boiled linseed oil in order to restore the wood's natural characteristics and extend the handle's life. It is finally finished by being steel wooled by hand and then again hand rubbed to a smooth fine furniture finish. The replacement handles are also finished to the same exacting standards as those that are installed in a new hammer.
Toolmaker and farrier, Roger Grant, developed and patented this superior design after several years of using various horseshoeing hammers that were out on the commercial market but never finding one that suited him. Finally, he called upon his past experience as a tool and die maker, acquired some tool steel, and went to work at his milling machine to build his own unique design. After a lot of research and development, he finally created one that he liked and the "Journeyman" was born.
Roger began shoeing for the public around 1980. For the past 20 years or so he has been shoeing mostly race horses. Roger is a member of the American Farrier Association, and a former member of the Oklahoma Farrier Association, and the International Union of Journeyman Horseshoers.
RG Tool Company is a full service custom project tool and die manufacturing shop based in Oklahoma.