History of Nunn Farrier Tools

Jonathan Nunn found it difficult to find a hammer that suited him and realised many manufactured hammers lacked good basic design, like a strong middle around the eye and flat face weight.

In response to this challenge, Jonathan set out to design a balanced, effective shoe turning hammer which was robust and hard wearing. Working with his son Joshua, he designed a shoe turning hammer prototype with extra flat face weight, delivering an accurate and predictable forging strike and a strong centre of gravity, resulting in a consistent controllable hammer strike.

Jonathan’s first hammers went overseas with him, where he successfully competed in several international competitions including the Calgary Stampede, where he won Rookie of the Year and Pot Luck Forging Champion in 2010. After some years travelling internationally with heavy forging tools on flights to competitions and clinics, Jonathan decided to make his prototype clipping hammer ball pein/cross pein in one hammer. This meant Jonathan could travel with one less hammer, giving him more room for additional farrier tools. This dual purpose “ballcrosser” clipping hammer also makes a useful hammer to carry in the vehicle every day to clip shoes as necessary.

All these early hammers were forged from H13 tool steel with the help of Jonathan’s son Joshua. Working together, the duo combined years of experiences with innovative farriering techniques, to design and craft tools for the modern farrier, at their Staffordshire forge.

Jonathan and Joshua’s next conquest was to master making farrier’s nailing hammers – a complex tool to master, as it has multiple functions including the strike and wring off, of driven nail points effectively.

The result was a long-nosed nailing hammer which delivers a more direct force through the nail head, resulting in less trauma on the farrier’s joints and muscles. In addition, many nail shy horses appreciate the easy and effective direct nail drive created by the angled long hammer face. Key features of these nailing hammers are the angles of the nose and claw which combine to make nailing effortless.