The Prospector's Rock Hammer is a very light duty rock hammer with a 22 oz. drop forged head and a tubular handle with rubber grip. The hammer head is larger than the Estwing Rock Hammers. The pointed end is not tapered to the extent of nor is it as long as the Estwing Rock Hammers. This is not a tip for digging fossils as it is not tapered enough to really penetrate into sandstone. The larger hammer face, the thin grip, and the duller pointed end make it a great starter rock hammer for children when you're not sure the young geologist is going to stay interested.
Cheap enough that you can throw one in each of your vehicles just in case you come across an interesting roadcu.., er..., outcrop.
The Prospector's Rock Hammer is for light duty or use with soft rock. The hammer head is pressed onto a tubular steel handle. Since it isn't one solid piece of drop forged steel like the Valley Rock Hammer or Estwing Rock Hammers it can't be used for prying out specimens. As with any two piece hammer, after a little use the head will become detached from the handle. Best used as a hammer for young children without the upper body strength to really swing a hammer with any force. Consider this a toy or a one time use hammer.
|Head Width||Overall Length||Head Weight||Total Weight|
|6 inches||12 3/8 inches||22 ounces||1 pound 10.5 ounces|
First published in 1955, Midwest Gem Fossil and Mineral Trails - Prairie States is an indispensable guide for any rockhound collecting in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, or South Dakota.
For the rock hobbyist, lapidary and fossil enthusiast these states have much to offer. Lake Superior agates are widespread. Magnificent fossils occur in each state. Superb crystals of quartz, calcite, pyrite, marcasite, dolomite, celestite, selenite, spalerite, and barite are not difficult to come by. There are also numerous rare minerals which provide an extra thrill for the field collector.
Helpful hints for collecting minerals, gem materials, and invertebrate fossils are highlighted by an author who has collected in these states for over 50 years.
An essential guide for the beginning and experienced collector alike, Midwest Gem Fossil and Mineral Trails - Prairie States, highlights the best of the region in one handy volume. 128 pgs.
A compact study guide. Concise description of each rock, crystal, and mineral, with symbols providing at-a-glance information on distinctive features, composition, and physical properties. Striking color photographs of specimens from around the world. More than 200 rocks, cyrstals, and minerals covered. (1998, reprinted 2004)
The Deluxe Moh's Hardness Pick Set now comes in two case types. The wooden case is small enough to carry and the top screws into the base to make a perfect desk stand. The plastic case is longer but the thinner size makes it easier to carry in your field tool set.Hardness is an important and quantifiable physical characteristic of a mineral and in your effort to identify an unknown mineral, the hardness, if known, combined with other properties, can narrow your search to just a handful of possibilities. Simply scratch a smooth surface of your unknown mineral with the picks of various indicated hardness. As an example, if a No. 5 pick scratches the mineral, but a No. 4 pick does not, then your mineral hardness is 4.5. Then compare this against a table of minerals listing hardness values to aid in identifying the unknown mineral.
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This rock tumbler is the real thing! Light duty rock tumbler actually changes rough stones to beautiful high-luster semi-precious gemstones. You can even make jewelry and key chains with the settings included in this set. Set includes rotary tumbling machine , rough semi-precious stones (including amethyst, jasper, agate, and others), grit, polish, jewelry settings, glue, and instruction manual. Ages 10 and Up. U.L. Listed.
Great little tumbler for kids to learn about mechanical "weathering" (polishing) of rocks. Just like in a stream the rocks are rolled over and over in a grinding powder. In a stream or river the grit would be sand and fine dirts and clays. In this kit the grit and polish are provided. And it only takes about 6 weeks to polish the rocks unlike months and years in a stream!Refill kits available.
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