The Mineral Hardness Ruler is a stimulating visual aid, educates in one phase of mineralogy, and provides the standard ruler measurement scales needed in classes.
Rockhounds, mineral enthusiasts, students, teachers, geologists, and any one interested in rocks and minerals will find the Mineral Hardness Ruler a handy visual aid for quick information on mineral hardness.
The two-sided, flexible, glossy, vinyl ruler consists of five scales: three measurement scales and two mineral hardness scales. The measurement scales are in standard ruler measurements of tenths of inches, sixteenths of inches, and millimeters. Mohs' relative hardness numbers are integrated into the inch scales, while a separate scale exists for an absolute mineral hardness scale by Rosiwal.
On one side of the ruler are pictures of the ten common minerals, in full color, selected by Mohs for his relative hardness scale. On the reverse side of the ruler are six common items with their relative hardnesses. These items, along with known minerals, can be used as a handy field kit to test the relative hardness of an unknown mineral.
Hardness is one property of a mineral that can be used to distinguish among similar minerals. A given mineral can scratch any other mineral of the same or softer hardness. Over a hundred years ago, the German mineralogist Frederick Mohs devised the relative hardness scale that has found favor with mineralogists for over a century. Others, such as Rosiwal, formed absolute hardness scales using the same minerals as Mohs. For example, diamond, the hardest substance in Nature is not twice as hard as apatite, 10 versus 5, but over twenty thousand times as hard, 140,000 versus 6.5.
The Estwing Supreme 16oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer (E3-16BLC) is a smaller, lighter version of the Estwing Supreme 20oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer (E3-20PC). This rock hammer has a 16 oz head and a a slightly shorter handle. This is a great rock pick for when you have a long way to carry the rock hammer, for those that prefer a lighter rock hammer, or those other times when you want a smaller rock hammer. Lighter to pack or wear on longer hikes. Choose a chisel edge rock hammer when you want to split layers of rock apart looking for fossils. The lighter weight gives a bit more control on where you place your strikes.
We've said it before but the purpose of a rock hammer is to break rock or drive chisels. With the lighter weight of the head of this hammer you're going to have to swing a lot harder and with many more blows. The smaller head face makes it harder to use when driving chisels.
|Head Width||6 1/2 inches|
|Overall Length||10 3/4 inches|
|Head Weight||16 ounces|
|Total Weight||1 pound 9 ounces|
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