The rest have steel weapons, but I thought silver was better for armor penetration, while steel had slightly more critical hits, with the overall nod to silver. I decided to try steel out with this fort, since I've only used silver for blunt weapons in forts past. I gave the trailing hammerdwarf a masterful steel hammer for a few fights, and he was still hitting things like a hammerer with a featherwood crossbow. Looking at his strength, there's definitely a difference.
Urist McWhifflehammer: 2346
Other Hammerdwarves: 3613, 3738, 4131
Mace Legendary: 2302
I'm really surprised that he's actually stronger than the macedwarf. She cleans house with her steel mace.
Here's some combat text comparing him with the 2nd strongest hammerdwarf:2346 STR Hammerdwarf3738 STR Hammerdwarf
Number of attacks resulting in only bruises vs. serious wounds (bruises + fractures/shatters):
2346 STR, 12 weapon strikes, 9 bruises vs. 3 serious wounds (25% serious wounds)
3738 STR, 14 weapon strikes, 5 bruises vs. 9 serious wounds (64% serious wounds)
I think I need to send someone to the screw pump gym.