In this guide we’ll look at the best brick hammers.
We’ve compared construction, handle material, additional features and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Brick Hammer?
More Detailed Brick Hammer Reviews
Estwing E3-20BLC 20-Ounce Mason Hammer with Vinyl Nylon Cushion Grip Review
One of the best hand tool brands to come from the USA, Estwing make premium hammers that are guaranteed not to break. This includes stone hammers and masonry hammers and the E3-20BLC mason hammer we looked at is quite simply the best bricklayer hammer that money can buy.
With a one-piece, all steel double-tempered construction, the head of this Estwing brick hammer is supremely well balanced and shaped for professional bricklaying tasks. The chisel edge is sharp enough to scrape mortar from blocks easily or chase out around bricks without much effort at all.
Estwing’s patented Shock Reduction Grips make the hammer easy to hold and genuinely reduces vibration to the hand and wrist, which we think should keep you going all day long on site.
You can feel the quality of this Estwing brick hammer as soon as you pick it up, and we’d be happy to add it to our tool kit any time. It’s worth the extra money when you know it’s going to last for decades.
Stanley 1-54-022 20 oz FatMax AntiVibe Brick Hammer Review
Stanley’s FATMAX range is well-known by DIYers and professionals alike, and it never fails to provide innovative tools with ergonomic grips. The AntiVibe brick hammer we tested certainly has both of them.
The FATMAX brick hammer has a robust one-piece double-forged construction. It’s been specially designed for optimum balance and swing, and should be able to split bricks with ease.
The handle makes the most of the Stanley AntiVibe technology they developed, which isolates the head from the shaft to dampen vibrations that would otherwise travel up your arm.
The excellent hand grip is designed to work as well in the wet as in the dry, we thought it was well moulded and very comfortable. This Stanley brick hammer is the best hammer for a bricklayer to use on site every day.
Plumb T11421 24 oz Fiberglass Brick Hammer, Black/Red Review
Plumb have been making tools in the USA for more than a hundred years, and they’re known for their excellent range of hammers.
The T11421 brick hammer that we got our hands on is a durable masonry hammer that should hold together easily even during the toughest of jobs. We really like the fibreglass handle, because it reduces the overall weight but still allows for a 24 oz head.
The chisel end of this Plumb masonry and stone hammer is long enough to really rake out mortar, split bricks or even take on a geology expedition. It’s got a flat “T” shape that means it can get into the tightest cracks and lever out bricks or stones as needed.
Rolson 10802 600 g Brick Hammer Review
Most DIYers and professionals will recognise Rolson as a solid budget brand, that offer no-nonsense hand tools that get the job done, without breaking the bank. The 10802 brick hammer we looked at keeps this tradition going, with a solid brick hammer at an affordable price.
The Rolson brick hammer is perfectly suited for the task of for breaking, trimming and cleaning bricks and slabs, with a slightly curved head and small face for maximum impact. The chisel end comes sharp straight from the manufacturer, and we think it’s an excellent functional tool for the money.
It might not have the fine finish found on the best bricklayer hammer, but it costs about a third of the price. Rolson have managed to provide a decent quality bricklayers hammer for not a lot of money here.
The fibreglass handle is really solid, and the rubberised grip moulds nicely to the hand, even in gloves. If you have a DIY bricklaying project, it will save you time, money and most of all, effort.
Meister GS 2284000 600 g Brick Hammer, Berlin-Style, Two Components Review
German tool manufacturer Meister have produced a seriously capable brick hammer
What sets this Meister GS 228400 hammer apart are several design features found on the Berlin-style or pattern brick hammer. This bricklayers hammer has a rough face which should help to avoid glancing blows on bricks, and it has a wider chisel edge not found on the other brick hammers on this list.
We really like the added nail-puller on the side of the Meister brick hammer’s head, it’s a nice touch that sets this aside as the best brick hammer for multi-tasking. Most brick hammers would struggle with nail removal or prying, so this just adds another layer of usefulness not found elsewhere.
Brick Hammer Buyer’s Guide
When laying courses of bricks, there will always be the odd ones you will need to cut, be they those at the end of the run or those you will have to custom shape. And for that reason you will need a good quality brick hammer in your toolbox.
Whenever you use a bricklayers hammer, you should ensure you’re wearing the right PPE, especially when breaking bricks or blocks. Flying debris can cause serious injury so you should remember that proper kit is essential.
Safety goggles are probably the most essential item of PPE when working with bricks or blocks. The best brick hammer in the business can’t stop bits of brick from hitting you in the face, so make sure you’re protected.
Work gloves are essential to avoid tearing up your hands, unless you work with blocks on a daily basis of course. They won’t give much impact protection from a glancing blow, but having a good grip on a brick can help avoid injury.
Safety boots might slow you down on ladders, but a composite or steel toe will save you a lot of pain if you drop a brick on it.
Ear defenders help to prevent cumulative hearing damage. Hammering is noisy, so taking care of your ears just makes sense.
After looking closely at five of the best hammers for bricklayers, we believe the best bricklayers hammer has to be the Estwing mason hammer. The quality of the finish, the all-steel construction and brilliant balance sets it apart from the competition.