This is a great little pocket guide to rocks and minerals. It uses color drawings to illustrate the rocks and minerals which I find is far more handy that pictures of museum quality specimens. Rocks and minerals in the field often don't know what they're supposed to look like so they are more average than those museum exhibits!
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.
Limited to stock on hand. Estwing has eliminated the ERC line of rockhounding chisels. A new line will be available in a few months.2 3/8" wide blade chisel.
Estwing's Cushion Grip drilling chisel. Foam cushion grip to reduce impact. Heavy duty wide Hard Cap minimizes chips from flying off the chisel head and provides a wider head to help protect the hands from missed blows. Even has a centering target! This Estwing rock chisel has a bull or pointed edge. The tip is square, 4 sided, with each side tapering to a point. The bull point chisel for drilling into rock. Use it to gain accuracy when trying to remove specimens from the country rock. Maximum design hammer head weight: 3 lbs.
The Raytech Tumble-Vibe 5 Vibratory Tumbler (Model TV-5) is economical and versatile.
Thousands of satisfied customers testify to the durability and simplicity of the Tumble-Vibe 5. Mated with a spare bowl, and a GSH-2 Stone finish Kit, the new TV-5 Starter Kit is a must for any beginner.
This new kit comes complete and ready to operate with a motorized base, two bowls, clear lid, 2 rubber nuts and all the grits necessary for accomplishing the grinding step through the final polish step of most gemstones. The (4) steps that are included are Silicone Carbide (100/1200) Silicon Carbide (700F), Iolox 50, Raybrite TL (GS-H2 Stone Finish Kit for hard rocks and minerals). There's enough grit for 8-15 pounds of stones. This new compact system will handle a myriad of applications. (Polished stones for illustration only. They are not included with this tumbler.)
Check out this article on Vibratory Tumblers
This popular low-cost unit is a favorite of the hobbyist and is used commercially as well. Vibrating rock tumblers process rocks 5 times faster than rotary rock tumblers. See results in days rather than weeks! This vibrating rock tumbler will process about four pounds of rock in it's .05 cu ft (3 pint) bowl. Bowl diameter is 8" and has a new convenient solid lid system. Shipping weight is 12 lbs., 1.05 cu. ft.
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Estwing has replaced the leather sheath with nylon sheaths manufactured with the same basic design.
Estwing Leather Sheath for Pointed Tip Rock Hammers
New model. The sheath now has a "relaxed fit" making it easier to use in the field as well as working with more hammers.
Fits Estwing Pointed Tip Rock Hammers. Now fits the Estwing Supreme 24oz Big Face Pointed Tip Rock Hammer and the Valley Soft-Touch 20oz Pointed Tip Rock Hammer.
Leather snap case for the Estwing 24 oz, 22 oz, 13 oz, and 14 oz Rock Picks. Difficult to use until well broken in. We recommend the Gfeller Casemakers sheaths and holsters, especially the holsters. The Gfeller sheaths are sized better and their also pre-shaped to fit the hammers.
(I placed this on the site when the sheathshad a tight fit. It's still handy information." Hint: to make it easier to use this sheath use products like Vaseline, mink oil, saddle soap and even soap to help break it in. If you've recently broken in a baseball glove you may have some Rawlings Glovolium and Easton Glove oil around. Don't over do it. Do a web search on breaking in a baseball glove to find out how they do it.
I still don't recommend using the Estwing Leather Sheaths in any case. I sell them because some customers insist on having a sheath to protect things from the hammers. They're OK for storage but Amateur Geologist never carries one into the field. Use a holster.
Did I mention that these sheaths are just too difficult to use.
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