first seen on BreachBangClear, and now on to you.
I wanted to get a full-on gift for a friend, one of the fantastic
Dead-On Annihilator superhammers and due to a failure to read the
details on my part, I accidentally ordered the 18" version, not the 14"
version, like the one I already had. To make things right, I simply gave
my friend the 14" he was already trialling, and kept the monstrous 18" for myself. It really is a beast.
Probably too much tool for most
people, at 1.9kg (3.7lbs) and 30cm (12") shaft with a 45cm (18") overall
length. All the features of the 14" are replicated in the 18", just "bigger".
the striking face and the "Nail Puller" the "Board Straightener" sits
ready to grip and twist.
The two sets of teeth are just over 4cm (1
5/8") and just under 3cm (1 1/8") in width, respectively, which fits
standard board sizes for wrenching or adjusting.To be honest, I haven't
had much use for this other than occasionally levering at a frame here
or there. The hammer is good though, the face is wide and beveled giving
both a good nail-driving action, without messing up the surface you're
Below the chisel edged Nail Puller/Tile Ripper
lies the frightfully formed Demolition Axe, which curves down almost to
the edge of the rubberised grip. This is not a shaving-sharp axe, rather
that the steel of the haft is formed to a triangular ridge to an angle
of around 45 degrees to the full width of the haft. This leaves a very
hardy working edge, and is intended for drywall, thin wooden structures,
shingles and conduit.
The drywall-only labeled demolition axe seems to
work well on particle board, and would probably make short work of
errant wrists too.
The middle of the curve is notched with
what appears to be a wire-stripper, but could also be used as a
nail-puller as well. As the 18" version is just a heftier version of the
14", the angles are steeper, so it's not really sharp at all, but it is
wicked solid. I can imagine that the warning is there for the same
reason that coffee lids read "Caution: contents hot". For idiots who try
to chop wood, or cut wiring with it. It wont do that, or at least, not
well, or safely. Use the right tool for the job. It will make a mess of
whatever you want to make a mess of though, so in that, its perfect.
pointy-end of the tool features several other interesting combination
tools. The tip is a rugged ridged point, which could be used for
penetration, or scoring as needed. Within the tip is the "Multi Purpose
Wrench/Nail Puller", which as suggested includes a hex-bolt socket, and a
wide feeding nail puller. The head of the hammer fits nicely in the
palm of the hand to drive the spike home.
The manufacturers suggest
using the wrench for releasing concrete forms and other general uses and
the tip for smashing, cracking and chipping away at tile, brick or
other things deemed "to go away". I like using it to punch holes in
things for old fashioned "Here's Johnny" moments. Again, it makes a mess
So, I felt it was a good idea to put the 18"
Annihilator up against the mighty Stanley Fatmax Fubar to give a good
comparison. However, at 1900g vs 1300g it already comes up significantly
heftier. More so again than the 800g 14" Annihilator. This is a big
tool, for people with big hands and big tasks. It's probably too much
tool for me. If you're in-field and cutting back every weight counts,
you might want to consider the 14" over the 18", but if you are able to
keep it in a vehicle, it would be a perfect multi-function wrecker.
They are really inexpensive, rugged and well designed. When it
comes time for me to break my way into an abandoned warehouse, bust my
plucky crew out of a cannibal mutants larder, or even just pop open
packing crates and 44 gallon drums of fuel for the gyrocopter, the 18"
Dead-On Annililator might well be the way to go.
There is also fact that Shaddox Tactical make a Tactical Pouch for it, so I'm hooked.