For pounding nails into, or extracting nails from, wood.
The head is made of steel and the handle of wood, fiberglass, or steel. One side of the head is flat with either a smooth or textured surface and is used for pounding another surface. The rounded end of it, in conjunction with the handle, is used to gain leverage when pulling out a nail.
It has a head that curves down and splits in the middle forming a “V” shape, excellent all-purpose tool around the home. A ripping claw hammer has a claw that sticks out straighter, making this a better tool for small demolition work.