I've been using a hammer and I love it. My magic takes forever to cooldown, but I can cast and take most enemies around my level down to about half, and I can smash it to death when it gets to me.
then again, I just turned priest so I don't have new skills yet :P
I still have both staff and hammer specialist.
Baa baa black sheep have you any booze? No sir, no sir, I'm a....sheep~