2017 / Industrial And Life Science Design / Safety Designs / Student

Evolution Claw Hammer Collection

  • Prizes
    Silver in Industrial and Life Science Design/Safety Designs
  • Company
    Peter Fegan Design, Australia
  • Lead Designer
    Peter Fegan
  • Design Team
    Peter Fegan
  • Client
    Self Commission
  • Project Link
  • University
    Western Sydney University

The Evolution Claw Hammer aims to reduce
workplace injury incidence commonly
associated with striking hand tools and keep
the trade professionals on their tools
longer and safer than ever before. It is a
challenge to constantly find ways to make
manual work easier, safer, to protect the
worker from potential injury or strain from
Repetitive Strain Injuries and Cumulative
Trauma Injuries as experienced with
occupational users of striking hand tools.
Therefore there is a need to protect both
professional and casual users of hand held
striking tools from unnecessary injury
caused by both vibration transfer and poor
grip ergonomics, so this design aims to
satisfy these design deficits in
contemporary claw hammer manufacturing with
elegant and radical, yet extremely robust
and practical design solutions. Personal
safety is a priceless commodity, especially
in the workplace, so any investment in
worker safety and potential injury
mitigation is an investment in good health.
The Evolution Claw Hammer is constructed of
either feather weight investment-cast
aerospace engineered titanium or polished
stainless steel. It features an ultra-light
weight skeletonised trussed throat and
handle construction with a cavity head
recess to reduce unnecessary weight, better
balance weight distribution, dampen harmful
vibration transfer to the user and has a
unique oversize "D" shaped strike face,
enabling better nail head contact in
confined spaces and reduces the chance of
overstrike and potential hand injury.
The titanium construction is almost 45%
lighter than steel, enhances the strike
force by 30% and dampens vibration
considerably compared to steel. The domed
curvature of the face to claw ensures no
damage is done to the timber surface upon
nail extraction, unlike traditional hammer
design.
It is forward weighted and features a
curvaceous ergonomically engineered grip,
designed in three sizes and shape profiles,
constructed of co-molded polyurethane
elastomer.

Photo Credit: Peter Fegan Design