My wife took one look at these homemade Highland Games training hammers and called them “the dum-dums.” The name stuck in my head. The bright duct tape was wishful thinking on my part. Thought I might throw them far enough in the in-laws’ field (that they are graciously letting me use at their new house) to have a hard time finding them in the tall grass.
The small one is 8lbs. The larger one is 23lbs. Both have a PVC handle. The heavier one has a handle that is 1.5″ shorter than what is standard for HG hammers though.
The 23lb hammer survived 5 throws. Then the PVC snapped completely in two right above the top of the plates.
The 8lb hammer is still going strong.