Hammers are tools added by Ex Nihilo in v1.0. They are used to smash blocks into other blocks/items.
Hammers play an important role in Skyblock-type maps, as with pure Ex Nihilo they are the only way to get Gravel or Dust. Also they are capable of multiplying some ores.
Hammers are enchantable, the enchantments you get are different than to a pickaxe
Hammers can be crafted from Wood, Stone, Iron, Gold or Diamond as follows:
Hammers can be used to smash blocks into smaller "pieces". Stone materials will for example turn into the finer category of stone.
Also, Broken Ores can be smashed down, where the smaller type of ore item will come out. Each progressive step the ores have a small chance to produce slightly more of the material.
Hammers also create a legitimate method of obtaining cracked stone bricks. This is not yet possible in Vanilla Minecraft.
To use a hammer simply break a block using it, just as using a pickaxe. The smashed items/blocks will drop out when the block is destroyed.
A list of known blocks being smashed by the hammer, as well as their outcomes, can be found here:
|Stone Bricks||Cracked Stone Bricks|
|Ore Blocks||Broken Ores|
- The Hammering can be automatised using tools like the Automatic Hammerer.