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    For other uses, see Mallet (disambiguation).

    A mallet is a kind of hammer, often made of rubber or sometimes wood, that is smaller than a maul or beetle and usually with a relatively large head.

    Look up mallet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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    ToolsA rubber mallet, used in construction, woodworking, and auto-body work.A wooden mallet.Stonemason''s mallets of plastic, wood and steelAn iron mallet with copper faces. Solid head Copper mallets are produced with a round or square head.An aluminum meat mallet, for tenderizing meatIndian Cobbler Tool kit

    Tool mallets come in different types, the most common of which are:

    Less common mallets include:

    Mallets of various types are some of the oldest forms of tools, and have been found in stone age gravesites.

    Musical instruments Main article: Percussion mallet

    Mallets used as drumsticks are often used to strike a marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, metallophone, or vibraphone, collectively referred to as mallet percussion. They usually have shafts made of rattan, birch, or fiberglass. Rattan shafts are more flexible than the other materials. Heads vary in size, shape, and material. They may be made of metal, plastic, rubber, or wood, and some are wrapped with felt, cord, or yarn. Heavier heads produce louder sounds. Harder heads produce sharper and louder sounds and generate more overtones.

    Toys

    Mallets are commonly used as children''s toys. Lightweight wooden mallets are used for peg toys. Toy mallets are also used in games such as Whac-A-Mole. Another type of toy mallet is a plastic mallet made of soft, hollow vinyl, with bellows and a built-in whistle, so that when the mallet is struck, it produces a sharp, chirping sound.

    Cartoons

    The accidents received from mistreatment of wooden mallets in the workplace became a classic gag in the Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, Nickelodeon and Disney cartoons, including some more recent 3D animations. Characters like Roger Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck and Tom and Jerry made use of mallets as part of their arsenal in the Golden Age of animation.

    On the British Daytime show TV-AM and GMTV and in the spinoff children''s shows hosted by Timmy Mallet, a game was played called "Mallet''s Mallet" where you had to associate words in a certain time scale and then if not, you were hit on the head by Timmy Mallet, with a soft pink and yellow Mallet with black "Mallet''s Mallet" writing on both sides. The person who got hit had a plaster affixed to their head by Timmy Mallett

    In anime and Manga, it is very common for an angry character to pull out a large mallet, via hammerspace, and attack the person or thing that is angering him/her.

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