The Ironic Evolution of the Nail and Hammer

The hammer, a modern tool for hitting nails, has its roots in history where people often don’t like to realize, but will understand as soon as they’re reminded–and I use the word “reminded” because it’s obvious and we all inherently know it already.

Long before we had metal nails, blacksmiths needed a tool to pound out such a thing. Aye, isn’t it rather funny and ironic that the hammer was used by ancient and medieval blacksmiths to pound out nails? I was thinking about this while camping in Tofino BC the other weekend, a place where many people find intellectual inspiration, and, yes–don’t judge me–I was philosophically analyzing my understanding of the hammer, the tool I use most often around the house (not to kill my wife).

I wanted to share this self-discovery, if you can call it that, on my blog because I still think it’s rather funny. Today we use hammers to hit nails into wood, but before we had nails a rudimentary version of the early hammer was used by blacksmiths in smithing metal objects of odd sorts. And oddly enough, the very first nail was molded into place by the battering of a ye olde hammer! Remember that next time you need something to talk about with your construction buddies around the campfire.

I know my readers aren’t used to short, snappy blog posts like this, but every once in awhile I’ll find something small and unique to say, and with all that said I hope you have a wonderful day!