Woodworking mallets are used on chisels and other tools that require a little persuasion. You should never hit a wood handled tool with a steel hammer, instead the proper method would be a wooden hammer or “Mallet”. This mallet is constructed with an Oak center and handle with Ipe or better known as Brazilian Walnut on the outside. Ipe is one of the hardest woods on the planet so I expect this mallet to last a very long time! The center Oak piece is filled with steel bb’s for extra weight.