New to this group, though I've been 'lurking' for quite a while. I'm a novice at blacksmithing and have been learning a lot reading your posts.
My apologies for making my first post kind of on a tangent, but I thought you folks would be a good bet on finding an answer.
Today at a shop where I work part time I found a type of hammer I hadn't seen before. It's a straight pien, about 2 to 3 pounds, with "Bell System" stamped on one side. More unusual than that though is a 7/8th inch hole through the head just behind the eye (vertically, or parallel to the eye).
Scrounging around on line it looks like there were a lot of tools made by Stanley for "Ma Bell" workers, hammers among them. But, no one seems to have a definitive reason for the extra hole. There are a couple of them for sale on ebay with some pretty good pictures.
Anyone familiar with these? What's that extra hole for?