About Us

Baker & Hamilton / Stiletto Company History:

  • 1849 - Baker and Hamilton began selling tools to gold miners in a tent store in "Mormon Island" gold camp (now under water in Folsom Dam near Sacramento)
  • 1851 - Baker and Hamilton opened first permanent location at 2nd and J St., in what is now "Old Town" Sacramento.
  • 1867 - Baker and Hamilton opened 1st San Francisco office and warehouse at "Portsmouth Square"
  • 1887 - Baker and Hamilton expanded Sacramento store and warehouse to a full city block
  • 1882 - Baker and Hamilton opens new "state of the art" main office and warehouse in San Francisco at the corner of Pine and Bush streets
  • 1906 - Baker and Hamilton's brand new building was completely destroyed in the Big San Francisco Earthquake
  • 1930 - Baker and Hamilton move their new offices and warehouse to 1905 building at 7th and Townsend in SF
  • 1974 - Baker and Hamilton closed their doors permanently and all inventory was sold to California Hardware
  • 1995 - Renegade Hammer Co. owner Mark Martinez introduces the first production framing hammer with a magnetic nail slot in the head.
  • 1997 - Martinez acquires the Stiletto Trademark and Production Rights
  • 1998 - Martinez invents worlds first solid Titanium framing hammer
  • 1999 - First "Stiletto" branded Titanium hammer is manufactured and sold out of Atwater Ca.
  • 2004 - Stiletto Tools, Inc. buys 10,000 sq. ft facility in Winton, CA
  • 2007 - Stiletto is purchased by Milwaukee Electric Tools in Brookfield WI

This is why we say, since 1849, Stiletto Tools has been the "Standard of the West", supplying the tools that built the homes and businesses of early California and manufactured the agricultural implements that fed those pioneers.

Stiletto Tool Company proudly traces it's history to the earliest days of the California Gold Rush. Since 1849, we have provided professionals, homeowners and do-it-yourselfers the tools that have literally shaped the building of the West. Today, Stiletto's line of Titanium striking tools continues that tradition into the 21st Century.

Stiletto Tools Inc. in Winton, California has developed a line of lightweight Titanium hammers. These new hammers are in a class by themselves, with features like improved balance, better face hardness and durability, stronger head-to-handle connection, more accurate nail pulling performance, and of course our signature magnetic nail slot. These lighter tools have the power to drive framing nails with the ease of a heavier steel framing hammers, with better control and accuracy.

These features make these tools ideal for the Professional Framer, Remodeler, and Finish carpenters. These Stilettos are professional tools, and hard working men and women in the building industry will find they are more easily able to manipulate these lighter tools and still drive nails like a seasoned carpenter.

Why Titanium, you ask? Titanium hammer heads, at nearly half the weight of steel, have ten times less recoil shock than steel, significantly reducing the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other stress related injuries. With a common steel hammers, up to 30% of the kinetic energy created by the user's swing can be lost to recoil vibration, which can be transferred down the handle to the users arm. This energy that is normally lost to recoil with Steel is more efficiently transferred to the nail using a Titanium hammer. This is why the Stiletto Titanium will drive nails as well as the heavier hammers without the extra effort and weight.

Research has shown that injury to shoulder, elbow, and wrist is caused by prolonged use of heavy hammers. Stiletto Titanium hammers can actually help alleviate repetitive motion injuries, and reduce muscle and joint soreness at the end of a workday, making these powerful yet lightweight tools well worth the price.

All Stiletto tools have a one year Warranty against defects in workmanship and materials. Please visit our website at www.stiletto.com or call us at (800) 987-1849 for more information.