Testimonials 2009

Stiletto $500 Testimonial Winner:

I am an IATSE Propmaker. As well I am a UBC Master Carpenter, General Foreman, General Field Superintendent. I have been a Propmaker for twenty five years, starting on "Visionquest" and working through the present time. In 2000, I was dispatched on the Feature Film, "Bandits" with a location in Portland Oregon. The location was on a beautiful lake near Sandy, Oregon. You couldn't ask for more. Building a group of rustic Log Cabins in a Park-like atmosphere that was ever-so idyllic.. A dream job, to be sure...

My North Idaho experience in Log Building proved advantageous and I was soon elevated by my superior, a German Master Carpenter and a TRUE master, and perhaps one of the most consummate Tradesmen with whom I have ever worked.... Everything was Idyllic... I couldn't wait to get to work each day in support of our project. My partner was finest kind, we get recognized as extremely productive and "Spot-on", but suddenly, I developed "Tennis elbow". Now mind you, every swing of my old framing hammer became ~MISERY~. I was awakening every night to pain, getting maybe 5 hours sleep with the rudest of awakenings. It soon escalated to ~Misery~....

Every day was barely tolerable. I still do not know how I made it through some days... I was beginning to think, "This is IT! My career is over!!" EVERY swing of that old framing hammer was MISERY as I drove 20penny PLUS spikes to secure our Logs as tightly scribed joints. I was scared, plainly and simply…

So one Saturday, we were released after a 10 hour day, and I went by a tool store I knew in Clackamas, Oregon... Now I am suspicious of salespeople, but hearing my plight, my contact said, "Have you ever seen these??? And put a 14oz Titanium Titan in my hands... I bought it on the spot, remembering how we used to find a welder to weld some claws onto a framing axe.. BINGO!!! It wasn't a day or two and my elbow was BACK!!! We followed "Bandits" until its consummation, and once back "On Stage" in Hollywood with the "Bandits" Stage developement, my elbow was a non-issue... Soon my hammer became a constant source of discussion with my fellow Propmakers, and I professed how it had helped my plight and become a matter of "fact" as to assisting my return to painless work...

That Hammer made great accolades not only from me, but from everyone who was interested. Soon, the "Tool Man" was directed to get the best deal possible for Stilletto hammers (STILL not as cheap as Oregon!)... Shortly, a growing group of Carpenters were enjoying the benefits of Stilleto's stock in trade... Now I am not saying "I" was the only one who brought your product to the Studios, but I can tell you, your product sold itself to a loyal group of professionals. Anyone who tried it, LOVED it...

That hammer stayed in my belt for a cool 7 years... It became as a part of my body... The "Waffle Head" became so worn that I constantly used it as a "Finish" hammer, not worried about "Signature initials" from the now smoothed head.. My Stiletto survived a handle replacement and never took a loss from my esteem. It provided, Over and OVER, sideways nail pulling and other extreme events that most hammers would have failed at....

Endstory??? Working "Tropic Thunder" in Ka`uai... Conditions were like someone was spraying you with a hose constantly, ALL day. Working with gracious local Carpenters, some of whom we forged great, respectful relationships. At the end of my time there, my assignments completed, and caught up in the moment, I presented my most loyal, favorite "Local" with my Hammer. Stating that any Sensei would present his favorite with his sword...

I meant it!! He was a superior young man, and I couldn't have felt better gifting my favorite hammer of all time to a young man who had proven himself to me and performed in an exemplary style.. I could think of no greater honor than to give this young man my hammer...... I have since replaced it (turning in an old finish hammer in a Stilleto promotion that put me in the Driver Seat of ANOTHER Titanium "Titan") and I am once again so very satisfied.

I can only say, as a nearing 60 y/o "Sliver Picker", I can't wait until the "Waffle" mellows on the face of my hammer.... I once again have come to rely on the quality and the true superiority of the Stilleto line... Trust me... there is no finer hammer....
Frank Kilmartin, $500 Testimonial Winner

 

In June of 2007, I was working for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver as a Construction Supervisor. (Habitat builds homes in partnership with low income families utilizing unskilled volunteers as crews. Habitat also builds "old style", using hammers rather than framing nailers....) Due to chronic tendonitis in both elbows, I had been lusting after a Stiletto 14 oz framing hammer but balked at the price. One day I noticed that one of my regular volunteers was using one, and I asked him if I could try it out. After a few swings, I realized that I really, REALLY needed one of these hammers, and said so. The following day this volunteer walked up to me, handed me a paper bag, and walked away. Inside was a short handled 14 oz stiletto. I have not let it out of my sight since! My elbows are greatly improved. Will never own another hammer--this is it. (Okay, so I step down when doing trim--you get the idea........ I LOVE this thing.) Every so often I sand down the handle and give it several coats of tung oil. Otherwise, it's still going strong with the original head--even still has some dimples. Thanks, Stiletto.
Kathy Fiebig
Lakewood CO

I grew up in the construction trades working for my dad's contracting company. I started specializing in framing after getting out of the Army 50 years ago and when I discovered Stiletto Tools I started my collection. Framing, Drywall, and Roofing tools. I am now retired but still supplementing my Social security by doing construction management, estimating, and drawing plans for local contractors and homeowners. The workers on the jobs are always trying out my tools and soon buying there own.
Duard Couie

Hello my name is Aris Theodorakis, I am a 10 year union carpenter with the NY city district council of carpenters. From when I started the all steel hammers popular in concrete felt wrong in my hands. I was using a 23 ounce hickory/steel hammer and I was happy because I never experienced better. One of my partners had a stiletto and the look alone perked my interest. The main issue I had was that I had to order online, something I was averse to do. A little while after that I was working on a Con-Edison power station and I got hit in my swinging hand with a sledgehammer. After four surgeries they ended up removing my middle finger and moving the remaining fingers together. When I was ready to go back to work I decided to get a stiletto 16 ounce Musclehead to level the playing field. The only thing I regretted was buying from Amazon, they threw the wrong replacement handle in with my order. That hammer lost a claw after a couple of buildings and plenty of unauthorized abuse. My second head and 4th? handle are looking beat up but the hit still feels like the first time. I'm attaching a picture of my hand and a picture of me at work.Â
Aris Theodorakis

My name is Zack McMahon from White Bear Lake, MN. I love my Stiletto hammer. It was the best investment that I ever made! The 14 oz. is perfect, it has a lot of power when driving home nails. It really saved my arm when I had to hand drive 18 truss hangers that someone laid out wrong, but I’m not naming names. Thank you very much for inventing such a light weight and durable tool.
Zack McMahon

Hello! My story is.... I received a Stiletto hammer years ago from my brother who worked at Ruger at the time. He gave it to me as a gift. He thought that since I was in construction and that it was something he made it would be the perfect gift. The first time I used it I was so amazed at how easy it was to drive a nail and how your arm doesn't get nearly as tired at the end of the day.It is the lightest hammer I have used in all the years I have been in construction! Thank you for making such a great hammer!
Mark Spriggs

I’m an avid DIY, I built my 1,800 square foot garage doing everything from the ground up. When it was time to side I started in with final vinyl. After the first day I could not move my wrist on my hammer hand. The pain was unbearable, but I had a job to finish before winter set in.That day I got on line an ordered a Stiletto 14 once Titan titanium and had it shipped next day. After giving my wrist a day off my Stiletto arrived. I started in on the siding again with minimal pain for one more day after that my wrist felt fine. Three more days with the Stiletto in my hand and my garage was sided. My wife wasn’t pleased with my pricy purchase, but after using the Titan I ordered the Mini-14 TiBone, the 12oz Remodeler, and the Claw bar Dimpler. You can’t put a price on personal safety and safety prevention. Thank you Stiletto. Â
Wade Brantner

For few years I've complained about the pain in my shoulder so I've looked into stiletto hammer...needless to say the pain is gone, productivity improved and I'll never own a different hammer. Convincing my wife to fork out the money was rather simple: "Honey just think of the Stiletto Shoes, it's the same with tools."
K Borowski

You guys have perfected the art of hand tools. Perfectly balanced. Tough for every day use & abuse. Comfortable to use all day. I bought my 14 0Z. wooden handle framer about 2 years ago....and my 30oz Estwing has stayed in the truck ever since...there are about 8 of us on the crew that have Stiletto's ranging from wooden handles to the black handled titanium, to the sweet daddy caddy red handle TI Bone 15 oz....which I have taken for a few swings...and I loved it........if my wood handle ever goes I will upgrade to the red handle for sure.....I even emailed awhile back when the magnet fell out, and you guys shipped me new one right away......keep up the great work...
Mike Wojcik

I have had the TiBone for 4 years! I also have the nail puller. It all started one day framing a house when my nail deliver truck pulled up and had a wooden handled framing hammer that was very light and made of titanium from Stiletto. One of my guys paid the 80 dollars for the hammer and he bought a wrap for it too. We all joked and kidded at how expensive the hammer was. We had all used either estwings or craftsman cali framers before they got rid of them. One guy had a Dead-On hammer but all the black had rubbed off. I being the owner of the company got a chance to talk my guy into letting me use the hammer for a little while. We are hardcore framers and know that the hammer is the number one tool in your belt! I was very impressed with how the hammer actually nailed so fast even into LVL beams. I had to buy one so I opted for the solid titanium TiBone hammer with the yellow handle. It came and I fell in love. Now my top 2 carpenters begged me to use it for just a day. I let them. The both told me to get them one. I ordered the newer version of the TiBone II with the nail puller on the side and another yellow handle one for my other worker. We took them everywhere and showed them off. We never left them with anybody even though some of the workers used to drop their toolbelts on the ground and leave for lunch I grabbed my hammer and put it in the truck with me. To this day I show everybody my hammer and I always get one of two responses. I start out by letting them drive a few framing nails and they always comment on how light it is and how it strikes so hard and feels so great. They know its nice. Then I tell them the price. Most say wow I will stick to my $30 special. Then the guys who have been doing this for a while like me always say I have to get one and they ask me where I got it. I have personally nailed millions of nails. I started working for my father when I was 10 and have been framing ever since. I have worn out completely steel hammers and broke them and broke several cat paws. My arm used to ache right at the elbow. I love the titanium hammer and always will if someone steals mine or if I ever lose it I will spend the money and get another one without even thinking about it. I need that hammer for everything! I have also had the nail puller for just as long as my hammer and I have beaten it with the waffle head and everything and it still looks almost brand new. Usually I would have broken the nail puller by now with so much abuse. I absolutely love your tools and tell everyone about them. Please send me some stickers because mine have worn off of my van!
Adam Bouchelle

It was about 8 years while I was living in Vancouver Canada . I started a job framing, I worked with a guy that had one of your titanium hammers! And after he let my try it! I knew I had to have one! So after some time I finally went and bought one for myself (14 ounce Ruger) And ever since then (almost 12 years ago) I have always had my Stiletto by my side at work Except.. for one time when I broke my handle (very sad I was ), and by this time I had moved back to Ontario, There was no Stiletto dealer in town to buy a replacement handle ! ..... Not wanting to go back to using one of those heavy hammers I tried to carve my own handle, after many failed attempts, I finally found a dealer over the internet and bought myself two handles just to make sure that if one breaks I will never have to go another day of swinging one of those other hammers... I work all day with my pouch on, and the less weight the better, and my 14 ounce swings like a 19 ounce why would you not want one of these hammers?

PS: This is a true story . please never go out of business, if I couldn’t get another stiletto I don’t know what I would do.
Mark Blondin

Hey There, Stiletto saved my LIFE. This is how. I was framing away (typical day) with my 14oz stiletto. Sheathing the exterior walls when my ladder broke from underneath me in mid swing. It actually busted through the sheathing and the head got stuck in the hole. I held on tight to my hammer (which luckily never broke) hanging there yelling for help when a co-worker came and saw me he quickly set me up a new ladder...Hence saving my life and wrenching my arm pretty bad. And that’s how stiletto saved my life. Awesome tools :)
Lanning Braaten

Dear Stiletto, I have been a fanatical tool junkie and loyal Stiletto fan for many years. I first picked up a stiletto 14 oz Titan at Jerry's home center in Eugene Oregon and was immediately impressed at the "feel" that hammer had. It is hard to describe but it was a clean simple and solid feeling that you get from a tool when you know without a doubt that this is the real deal. It felt like it was more refined and more technical than any hammer I ever held. I paid for it grudgingly (that was a lot of money back then!) and went to work the next day feeling like I had an edge that none of the rest of the crew had. I was sold but I had to figure out why, so I drove nails, 1000's of them and it didn't take long to develop the confidence to tell others about why titanium makes a better hammer in every way. I still have that hammer, it is re-handled and retired but it has a place of reverence in my tool collection. Since then I have "sold" maybe a couple hundred other carpenters on the benefits of light weight and strength inherent in titanium. I bought a Ti-Bone as soon as they came out and of course im a die hard fan and I won't have any other hammer. I often let friends and co workers use one of my 2 Ti-Bones or Mini 14's for a day and they too are quickly hooked. Not one single journeyman I have ever lent my Ti-Bone to for the day has ever said they wouldn't own one. Most now do. My favorite "Ti" memory is one day in beautiful Ketchikan Alaska when I delivered a Stiletto musclehead 16 oz framing hammer to a friend that asked me to find him one. A group of us were standing in the rocky area above the construction site. I handed the hammer to him, his eyes lit up and he held it, gripped it tightly and swung it a few times and smiled, he took his old hammer, a 28 oz. steel and fiberglass monstrosity, and without a second thought, tossed it off the cliff, We all watched with amazement and laughter as that old hammer sailed off the cliff and bounced down the rip-rap. He then deftly holstered his shiny new Stiletto and we all shook our heads, laughed and went back to work. If there was a better hammer I would buy it and use it and sing its praises, but the fact is, there isn't a better hammer in the known world, Period.
Mark Tapungot

Dear Stiletto Tools,

I am 38 years old and am currently looking for a good job but keeping busy on "side jobs" for now (decks, remodels, siding, etc.). I began a "career" in construction after a somewhat miserable experience obtaining a teaching degree and trying my hand at substitute teaching. God bless those kids. Long story short I was hired off of a day-labor temp gig to a home-builder who liked my work. From there I did ten or so years of concrete forms, stick-framing and home improvement. Somewhere around December of 2006 I decided it was a good idea for me, a 34 year old skinny white dude, to start going to "skateparks". The insurance I had through the construction company I was with did not cover the ambulance, surgery, or metal plate and four screws they put in my right arm. The same right arm I needed to swing the 28 oz. war hammer I used to put up pre-fab steel concrete forms. Several months of rehab and thousands in medical bills later I got a new job framing houses but between swinging that same tool and wielding a monster nail gun all day, six days a week, my right arm and recently dislocated wrist was putting me in some serious pain. I knew I couldn't last. I did a lot of searching at stores and on the internet and Stiletto was the only company selling a lightweight hammer built to handle pro-grade work. I knew I had to get one. Although a little more expensive than the "store-bought" hammers the Stiletto models were what I needed. I really wanted the All-titanium "TiBone" hammer but went with the "16oz Titanium MuscleHeadâ„¢ Framer" with the hickory "axe-style" handle. I bragged about it to all the guys on the crew. Of course they made fun of me for having such a "fancy" hammer but that thing was so sweet. I believe that hammer helped me rehab my wrist and arm without doing any more damage while still working. It's been almost four years and I still have that tool. My injury is nearly 100% better but I still use that hammer.
Adam J. Grieco

IN THE SUMMER OF 2001 I HAD BEEN FRAMING FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS AND WAS USING A 22 OUNCE HAMMER, I KNEW FROM WATCHING SOME OLD TIME FRAMERS THAT THAT KIND OF ABUSE WOULD SOONER RATHER THAN LATER CATCH UP TO ME. THATS WHEN MY BOSS CAME TO THE JOB SITE WITH THIS FREAKISHLY LOOKING HAMMER WITH THE "BANANA" HANDLE. BY LUNCH I HAD TRIED IT, AND BY THE DAYS END COULDN'T THINK OF FRAMING WITHOUT IT. IT WAS ALMOST 1.5 INCHES BIGGER AND THE FACE WAS ALMOST TWICE THE SIZE, AND ONLY 15 OUNCES, FINALLY SOMEBODY GOT IT RIGHT! WELL THAT NIGHT I RUSHED HOME AND ORDERED MY OWN STILETTO AND FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS EAGERLY WENT TO THE MAILBOX. IT WASN'T UNTIL I RECEIVED MY STILETTO THAT I FOUND THAT IT HAD MORE FEATURES LIKE THE NAIL SET AND THAT IT HAD AN INTER-CHANGEABLE FACE THAT IT CAME WITH. ANYWAY SCINCE THAT DAY I COULDN'T THINK ABOUT FRAMING WITHOUT IT. EIGHT YEARS LATER I AM STILL AS EXCITED TO USE IT AS I WAS THE FIRST DAY I GOT IT. I AM AN ENTHUSIAST WHEN IT COMES TO TOOLS AND WHEN I TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT THEY THINK I AM EXAGGERATING, THAT IS UNTIL THEY TRY IT. I STILL WORK ON THE SAME CREW FOR THE SAME GUY AND ALMOST EVERYONE NOW HAS A STILETTO SOME OF US HAVE EVEN BOUGHT A SECOND BECAUSE THE THOUGHT OF FRAMING WITHOUT IT IS JUST, WELL LETS JUST SAY I'D RATHER NOT FRAME.
Justin Mcelmoyl

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