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Whisky Hammer

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A glass bottle of whisky, shaped like a hammer. This is my dream.
simonj, Mar 01 2012

A...bottle - opener - shaped like a hammer. http://www.thinkgee...le_opener_inuse.jpg
Sorry, that's the best I could do. [normzone, Mar 01 2012]

..similar- goes with this. Gavel-Stein
[xandram, Mar 02 2012]


       It's a little-known fact that the first American whisky bottles were indeed hammer-shaped. Most experts agree that this was a traditional shape carried forward from the Scottish practice of aging whiskey with an iron hammer in every barrel. A minority faction contends that the shape was inspired by the Irish practice of aging whiskey inside specially-crafted hollow hammers with stoppers in the handle, but their arguments are unsupported by any evidence whatsoever that this practice even existed. Either way, all agree that the early hammer-shaped bottles gave birth to the modern slang term 'getting hammered', meaning consumption of alcholic beverages to the point of extreme intoxication.   

       The modern bottle-shaped bottles with which we are familiar today are the result of an industry-wide attempt to reduce the vessels' utility as impromptu weapons. Predictably, this ill-concieved act of altruism was a complete failure.
Alterother, Mar 01 2012

       Actually, the reason that design was a //complete failure// is that the bottles *didn't* suffer complete failure when banged sharply against the bar. If they'd been manufactured like Prince Rupert drops, they would have been useless as weapons. Extreme tempering would probably also be the way to make a Whisky Hammer.
mouseposture, Mar 01 2012

       //specially crafted hollow hammers// were old rusty heavy sledgehammers with hollowed out handles and heads. The advantage was a very fast flavour take up due to the increased internal surface area of both fire-treated wood and iron.   

       The result was a robust crudely flavoured whisky which still retained most of the distillation esthers which would be lost in a long aging process, packing quite a punch (and quite a hangover).   

       Of course the same result could have had by simply dropping wooden dowels and iron shot into a regular small barrel but the "decrepit farm implements" had the advantage of being inconspicuous to the wife, nosy neighbours and local constabulary.   

       There is some evidence that the first glass hammers were a commercial venture in cut-rate products: the shape indicated to those in the know that the whisky had been artificially aged and was thus more crude and potent.   

       Thus the phrase "getting hammered" used to refer to the unenviable results of drinking cheap whisky.
FlyingToaster, Mar 01 2012

       //This is my dream.//   

Grogster, Mar 02 2012

       I thought it said "This is my dram".
FlyingToaster, Mar 02 2012

       I thought it said both. At the same time. Like a drunkard woulda seddit, yyyouknowhut... knowhuttamean, man?
Alterother, Mar 02 2012

       I assume we're talking short-handled, chunky lump hammer, square cross section, with chamfered edges. I'm not normally a sucker for gimmicks, but I'd buy that.
spidermother, Mar 02 2012


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