Golden hammers were released on December 20, 2010 along with Golden crackers as a gift from Jagex for winning the 2010 Golden Joystick Award. The hammer has two emotes: Brandish (2009) and Spin (2010) which were the years Jagex won the award. The hammer has no bonuses but is primarily used for skills such as Smithing and Construction due to it being a wieldable hammer. Prior to August 31, 2011 players received the golden cracker in their bank and also received a message saying what it was for. The message has now been removed but players can obtain the golden cracker (from which the golden hammer is later obtained by using on another player) from Diango in Draynor Village.
The golden hammer, although it has no combat stats, is classified as a 2-handed melee crush weapon, allowing a player to use the Attack and StrengthAbilities associated with that weapon classification if so desired.