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|
The famous Estwing Geo/Paleo Pick GP100 has made a grand reentry after being out of production for several years. The handle has been beefed up to make the unit even stronger. It is 25 inches long with a total weight of 3 pounds. Painted steel with a soft vinyl grip. The light weight but great strength of this makes it a great field tool for any geologist or rockhound.
Not only is this a great digging tool but I use mine to help me navigate the steep slopes of mine tailings. Jab the tip in and pull yourself up then use the hoe end to cut a quick shelf to work from.
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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