How It Began
Jewelers and metal workers used hammers with heads made of rolled leather prior to WWI. Once the war began, leather was declared a strategic material and its availability was cut off. As a result, jewelers looked elsewhere for a material to use and found that paper rolled tightly made a hammer head which did almost no injury to metal surfaces. In the 1920's pewtersmithing became popular, and the field increased in demand for pewter items. The paper hammers were perfect for this application They were used until the 1960's for the pewter hobby, and then forgotten by the 1970's. Most of the paper hammers up until 1956 were made by two German brothers living in Queens, New York. After that time, the hammers disappeared from the marketplace.