What Is the Part of the Hammer That Removes Nails?

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The part of the hammer that removes nails is called the "claw." It is formed of two curved prongs that are flattened at the tips and on the inside faces to fit under nailheads.

The type of hammer that has a claw is called a "claw hammer," and it is extremely common in household use. Other common hammers include ball peen hammers, which have flat square ends and round "ball" ends and are used for metalwork; mallets, which can be made from rubber, wood, rawhide or various metals; and upholstery hammers, which feature magnetized tips to facilitate picking up small upholstery tacks.