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Murder with a "22-inch hammer"? Really?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
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What is a 22-inch hammer?

News reports of a sensational murder have the detail that the murder weapon was a "22-inch hammer". Did the police really say this in a report? Did the news media get the details wrong?

Hammers are sold by weight, not inches. I suppose the article meant a 22-ounce hammer, which is a fairly heavy construction hammer. (Your hammer that you hang pictures with is probably a 16-ounce hammer.) Hammers are not measured in inches. The length of the handle depends on its weight to counterbalance the hammer's head.

A nearly two-foot long hammer would be difficult to use. The handle on my 25 ounce hammer is only 16 inches long.

How did this detail even get published without anyone questioning it? Surely someone knew something about hammers. This news article has spread all over the Internet with the "22-inch hammer" detail.

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