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# Golden hammer

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 “”If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. —[2]

A golden hammer is the luxury version of Maxwell's silver hammer a logical fallacy that occurs when you propose the same, simple solution (or type of solution) to every problem.

## Alternate names

• Baruch's Observation
• Maslow's hammer
• Kaplan's hammer
• Birmingham screwdriver
• Law of the hammer
• Law of the instrument
• Persimplex responsum
• "Cookie cutter solution" is the management speak version.

## Etymology

The name comes from Abraham Maslow's 1966 statement:

 “”I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.

An earlier (yet less famous) quote comes from Abraham Kaplan's 1964 statement:

 “”I call it the law of the instrument, and it may be formulated as follows: Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.

## Problem

Essentially, not everything is a nail; no solution can fix every problem. There's always the possibility that we just haven't built a big enough hammer yet, though. But not for lack of trying.