A hammer was an implement ranging in size from tiny jewelery hammers to massive warhammers. Certain races preferred to wield hammers, especially dwarves who made extensive use of these tools in mining their great caverns. The light hammer might be thrown at a target and was thus considered a ranged weapon as well as a melee weapon.
Smithing hammers, in particular, consisted of solid and heavy flat-nosed steel heads with triangular tails to allow for detailed work, attached to a long duskwood handle that provided effective thermal isolation.
Hammers intended as weapons were:
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