Chisel Edge

Chisel Edge

Chisel-edge rock hammers

A chisel-edge rock hammer is often called a paleontologist hammer or a fossil hammer. The chisel edge rock hammer also has a square head on one end which is used for breaking rock apart or for driving chisels. On the other end of the head is a chisel edge. The chisel edge is used to split apart layers in "soft rock".

Soft rock is usually sedimentary rock that has been laid down in distinct layers, usually on a river, lake, or ocean floor. Sometimes it has undergone some metamorphism to become shale or slate. These layers often contain fossils, such as trilobites, dinosaur bones, leaves, fish bones, and many other features of the past.

Estwing Manufacturing Company does not allow US and Canadian distributors and retailers to ship Estwing geological tools to the following areas: United Kingdom, Europe, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore or Hong Kong. We're sorry but if you live in one of these areas then you must purchase through your regional distributor.

Featured Products

  • Fossil Hunter Kit:

    I've put together this kit for the fossil hunter or paleontologist. I've selected the gear I think is most appropriate and created a wizard to guide you through selecting your own customized kit from the gear I've selected. As with all our kits, you'll save at least 5% over our listed sale price.


  • Valley 20 oz Chisel-Edge Rock Hammer with Hickory Handle

    A nice chisel-edged rock hammer with an American hickory handle.
    $14.47 save 15%
  • Estwing Supreme 24oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer E3-24PC

    Estwing Supreme 24 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer E3-34PC. Typically used for fossil hunting
    $43.68 save 45%
  • Estwing Supreme 24 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer with End Cap E3-24BLC

    Estwing Supreme 24 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer with End Cap e3-34BLC is the same exact hammer as Estwing Supreme 24 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer E3-34PC. It just has a different part number.
    $44.96 save 45%
  • Estwing Supreme Big Face 22 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer E6-22BLC

    The weight is between the 24 oz and the 20 oz. The Big Face is better and safer with chisels.
    $44.96 save 45%
  • Estwing Supreme 20 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer E3-20PC

    Estwing Supreme 20 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer E3-20PC

    Chisel edge rock hammers are typically used when you want to split layers of rock apart when looking for fossils.

    $41.27 save 25%
  • Valley Soft-Touch 20 oz Chisel Edged Rock Hammer

    The Valley Chisel Edge Rock Hammer, sometimes called a Paleontologist's Hammer or Fossil Hammer, has a 20 ounce head and is constructed of one piece drop forged steel with continuous forging grain flow from head to shaft.
    $25.06 save 15%
  • Estwing Supreme 16 oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer E3-16BLC

    With a head weight of 16oz this is a smaller, lighter chisel edge rock hammer. Easier to carry, harder to use to break rock.
    $41.03 save 15%
  • Estwing Chipping Hammer E3-WC

    The chipping hammer has both a chisel end and a pointed tip end. The chisel end has the chisel placed vertically or parallel with the handle. The pick end is straight or parallel with the head end.
    $35.11 save 45%