A hand tool is a tool that can be operated with one hand.
Hand tools are usually used in applications and industries where it’s not practical to use powered tools, such as the construction industry, plumbing, electrical work, and automotive repair.
Tools such as saws and hammers have been around for centuries and will probably always carry on being popular due to their simple design and ease of use.
There are many different types of hand tools.
The design and use of each type vary dramatically.
Many types of hand tools have been created by innovative thinkers as a solution to a need for an easier way to accomplish a particular task.
Some types of hand tools remain virtually unchanged as the need for them has continuously remained, while other types have evolved with technology and trends to stay relevant and up-to-date with what people need and want.
Below Is a List Containing Common Types Of Hand Tools
A screwdriver is any tool used to turn screws, but usually refers to a simple machine that typically has two flat metal blades that end in a sharp point; the blades are also called ‘bits’.
These are used to drive screws in and out of their corresponding screw holes.
An Allen wrench is a type of wrench that has a hexagonal or 12-point socket attached to one end for use on bolts with corresponding grooves called ‘hexagonal head screws.
They are also known as Allen keys, hex keys, hex wrenches, nuts drivers, Pozi drives, slotted bits/hex bits/hex slotted bit/socket adapters, or just heads within the building trade.
A hammer is a tool used to deliver an impact on an object. Hammers can be made from wood, metal, or plastic.
Though they have many different types of uses depending on the situation required by the user.
Hammers are commonly used in building construction, woodworking, metalworking, and DIY projects.
They can be made to deliver a slight blow with just enough force needed to drive objects together or into another object.
Sheet Metal Shear
A sheet metal shear also known as tin snips is a tool that has two handles on the grip side,
with cutting blades on the other side which are sharpened on one edge only.
The cutting action works by having one handle of the tool moved toward the other handle thereby cutting through thin sheet metals when powered mechanically.
It is not suitable for use with stainless steel or hardened alloy steels due to its tendency for the blade to bind in these materials.
Sheet metal shears are commonly used for processing sheet metal, especially in the metal fabrication industry.
Crowbar (Or Wrecking Bar)
A crowbar is an L-shaped tool typically used to provide leverage when levering something or moving/removing something.
The flat side of the crowbar provides more weight and force than prying with a screwdriver.
Crowbars can be small enough to store easily but are often long-handled for better mechanical advantage.
They generally have one end sharpened, though sometimes they are hooked at both ends.
They are common in construction sites due to their efficiency for prying things apart without causing damage by using a hammer or ax instead.
A pry bar or wrecking bar is a tool similar in appearance to, but more importantly than, a crowbar.
It can have one end that is sharpened for prying open things and the other end used for leverage.
As opposed to a screwdriver, which pushes on something with less force, these are typically made of metal that has been bent into an L-shape.
This tool typically has enough leverage that it does not require much pressure when using it; especially in comparison to the amount of pressure needed to push or pull any object without them.
Pry bars are often used in removing nails (particularly when doing demolition work).
Pliers are hand tools with two flat gripping surfaces, usually at right angles to each other.
They are adjustable tools made of metal or plastic for holding objects firmly via the application of pressure around their handles.
This is often done on things such as nails or nuts & bolts which are too small or awkward to be held in bare human hands.
They can also be used as small levers, and for bending and compressing a wide range of materials.
A file is a tool used to remove fine amounts of material from surfaces and edges; it leaves behind a smooth surface with regular lines marking the progress made by the tool (a ‘file mark’).
It is common in many trades such as woodworking, automotive work, metalworking, construction, and more recently home improvement projects.
Files are generally used on softer metals such as aluminum or copper alloys but they may also be used on hardened steel when required.
A wire brush is a hand tool consisting of a steel rod with stiff wire projections extending radially at intervals along with its for cleaning or abrading metal.
Usually, the wire bristles are replaceable, but sometimes they are permanently forged to the tool itself.
Wire brushes are mainly used in metalworking for removing rust and paint from surfaces before welding or painting.
A socket wrench is a combination ratcheting socket wrench that can also be used as a regular open-end wrench.
It typically has one closed end with either 1/4″ or 3/8″ drive recessed into it, but depending on the type of head attached to the other end, may have anywhere from 1/2″ to 2″.
The sockets are interchangeable with any of the standard drive sizes so long as they have compatible screw threading (metric or imperial).
This usually takes place via an extension bar or special adapter.
Socket wrenches are used in construction and automotive applications.
A wrench is a tool used to provide grip and mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn objects—usually rotary fasteners, such as nuts and bolts—or keep them from turning. I
t is usually made of metal or other rigid material with a handle on one end that allows the user to apply torque by mechanically applying force about the axis of rotation of the handled object.
Pipe wrenches are mostly used for plumbing purposes but can also be quickly adapted to many other tasks requiring adjustable gripping.
The pipe wrench uses its weight plus an adjustable grip on threaded fasteners to produce both rotating force or leverage depending on how it’s set up.
For example, if you holding it straight down at eye level, the wrench will only rotate (twist) when you apply force to the handle.
However if you hold it at an angle and push down with your weight, it can also generate torque (turning force).
A claw hammer is a tool primarily used for pulling nails out of structures or objects; it can also be used as a striking surface to drive other tools.
Some kind of claw hammer has been in use since Roman times where they were known as ‘carpenter.
It was designed specifically to remove nails but over time its purpose expanded to driving nails into things as well.
A claw hammer typically has one end that is slightly curved making up about 1/3 of the total length of the head.
The other end is used for striking the angled head of the hammer, which creates a leveraging effect on the handle.
A chisel is a tool made with a cutting edge of a metal or other material positioned at right angles to its shaft (as opposed to a plane or knife).
The most common form is an implement having a sharp edge with a straight shank and cross peen on one side of the blade’s tip.
It may also have two flattened areas on each side of the cutting edge that are called ‘chisels’.
Chisels are commonly used for wood carving, serving as both tools and as scrapers since it can be difficult to hold small pieces in place otherwise.
Tool handles are typically turned up at one end for placing against the material to be cut and then hammered or struck with a mallet, chisel, hammer, hatchet, or other tools.
Which Hand Tools Is Best?
A claw hammer is a must-have for anyone who wants to safely and effectively perform household repairs or outside projects.
For instance, if you’re an avid gardener, you’ll need to use a claw hammer for breaking up soil, cutting off branches of vines, and opening fertilizer bags.
If you’re a frequent do-it-yourselfer, one end of the claw hammer can be used as a wrench.
Make sure the work area is free from clutter.
Be extremely careful when cutting with a hand saw because accidents can result in serious cuts and injuries.
Never use a saw that was not designed for use around electricity – it could cause an electric shock.
If you nick or pinch your fingers, stop! Let go of the saw immediately and take a break before continuing to avoid more mishaps.
Hand tools are often underestimated when it comes to variety, functionality, and overall value.
Hand tools can save you a ton of money when compared with power tool alternatives.
The most common hand tools include screwdrivers, wrenches, chisels, and claw hammers.
They come in handy for tightening faucets, fastening boxes shut, and much more. Hand tools are useful for almost any task. With proper care, they will last a lifetime.
But safety always comes first, so be aware of safety precautions when using any hand tool.