What's the one tool tradesmen can't live without?

Over the past week, we’ve been surveying our community, asking the British tradesperson what’s the tool they couldn’t live without.

We proposed five contenders - the hammer, the drill, the screwdriver, the chisel and the Stanley knife.

The winner with 47% of the vote - the humble hammer.

The hammer dates back to around 2,600,000 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BCE">BCE</a> when various shaped stones were used to strike <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood">wood</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone">bone</a>, or other stones to break them apart and shape them. The hammer’s archeological record shows that it may be the oldest tool for which definite evidence exists of its early existence.

Whether we’re using it to smash and shape like our stone age ancestors; or using it to drive nails like the modern Homo Sapian, it’s interesting how the hammer has remained relevant and useful for tradesmen and regular DIY-ers alike. In the age of technology making our lives easier, it appears the simplicity of hitting an object with another object for it to work again has been an urge that humans haven’t lost.

Here’s to the hammer. The tradesmen’s best friend.

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