I've played with Ed Hale hammers for so long I don't remember when I first started with them. I've always loved the balance and simplicity of them. I always feel at home when I pick up my Hale hammers. They have a thicker handle which is really nice. Some people might want a bigger handle to grab onto. I competed with these hammers in 2010 because I felt the most comfortable with them so you could say that they are champion hammers. ;-) They don't cost that much for double sided hammers so give them a try if you haven't already. These are 8 3/8 long. The picture above shows 2 of each, Large, Small, and Round head, largest to smallest head, left-right. The round head gives you a little less striking surface, which is good for strings that are closer together. The large and small head are a bit heavier because of more wood at the head. The round is the smallest of the three. Poplar is the white shaft and cherry is the red shaft.