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  1. I'm trying to upgrade the way I pack my hammer, a Plumb 24oz brick hammer. Right now I use the hammer holster off my carpenter's belt. I don't have them right here so I will borrow pics from marketers (see end of post). One option is to find a full sized sheath like maybe the Estwing 23 and another is to do what I am already doing, just with a cover on the chisel end, So I have two questions...... (1) If you use a full sized sheath, and you're regularly reaching for your hammer, do you keep the flap snapped down, or will the hammer ride ok with the flap loose? (2)
  2. Udderly Abducted

    Beginner tools help!

    Hi everyone, I’m a beginner, and I need some help buying some tools. I have settled on Estwing since I have always been a fan of their hammers and it seems that you all are fans too. I need help on deciding if I should get a hammer with a pick or chisel end. I think I’m leaning towards the 22oz pick ended one. I noticed that Estwing makes this hammer in two lengths. Should I get the 13” or 16”? What about their pick ax? Do I need this right now? I also need help choosing some chisels. I don’t know what sizes I should get. Also, what s
  3. dbrake40

    Native American Maul

    From the album: Some Minnesota ~Fossils

    This was found years ago on my uncle's farm.
  4. I'm looking at estwing hammers. What would better- to get one with a pick or chisel end? Are the "brick" hammers ok for rocks? The fossil rock here is mostly soft limestone. I was planning on getting a rock chisel or two to go with it. I've not used these before, but I've run across fossils in rock that I've wanted to extract. Mostly we just surface collect or sieve.
  5. Mioplosus_Lover24

    Indiana Brachiopod ID

    Here's a sweet Brachiopod I found yesterday, it's quite interesting and I've only found one other like it, I am unfamiliar with the specific species but I am very interested if anyone could tell me more about it!
  6. Hello everyone, I’ve been looking to buy a geologists hammer but first would like to know if there is a difference between it and a normal hammer. Does it split rocks easier? I’ll mainly be working on the rocks around Lyme Regis which seem to be very hard. Thanks
  7. MeargleSchmeargl

    Graduating from hands and eyes!

    Well, fellow Fossilers, today is a very important day in my career! Today marks the day I got my first geological hammer and chisel (courtesy of dad)!
  8. I am down in Kentucky Collecting on the AA Highway since yesterday. I was out hitting roadcuts for 11 hours today and unlike my last visit her a few weeks ago, I did not loose another 1 cm cube, but I did find some equipment. So if there is a member out there that is singing the song- “If I Had A Hammer”, and the companion piece for safety glasses and garden trowel, I found them today at a roadcut in Brooksville, Kentucky. The hammer is a little rusty now, but it gives it a nice “well used” look- lol. Below is a picture as found, if these are your’s, send me a PM and I will get them to you.
  9. I picked up this stone on the beach at Rhyl (North Wales). It looks like it might have at least one ammonite inside it. I was going to wallop it with the hammer, but then thought I might do some damage to what could be potentially a nice set of fossils. Each successive face is what was facing the ruler in the previous image, the last two being the "ends". Any suggestions, advice or ideas as to the best way forward would be appreciated. Thanks.
  10. I know that eye protection, padded gloves for hammering to reduce harmful vibrations, and many other safety measures have been oft repeated on this forum to guard against injury, but I haven't seen much about ear protection specifically in regards to fossil hunting. First, an unnecessary backstory: I recently came to the realization that I have tinnitus and, being a bit of a hypochondriac, got myself freaked out over it. But that is, of course, silly since I can remember having tinnitus for years but just not really thinking about it. After calming down and realizing th
  11. LiamL

    New hammer!

    My new hammer has arrived. Hopefully it’ll open harder nodules easier than my old one. It’s a 2lb club hammer style. I read that est wing are a good company.
  12. sTamprockcoin

    Sadness

    Someone broke into my jeep last Friday night and stole my small digital camera used on collecting trips, my brand new Estwing rock pick (l3ather wrapped handle -gift from a friend) & my Estwing drilling hammer, chiselsk and some phone/ audio cables. Not enough for an insurance claim and most everyone says I lost just a bunch of hammers.
  13. So I'm aiming to visit some of the Altamira Shale (Monterey Formation Shale) exposures in my city and try to find some fossils in fallen shale pieces. However, I simply cannot find a good way to split shale (I also have small rocks of Altamira Shale in my backyard, which could be seen as a sort of "practice"). The shale that I get are usually very hard and compact, as seems to not crack very easily with the materials I have. I don't have a real chisel, but I makeshift them (nail, screws, and screwdrivers). When I use them, it seems to just dig a hole in the area where I'm striking at and creat
  14. mikeymig

    Show us your weapon

    I was cleaning up my hammers, pry bars, and chisels when something occurred to me. I have had this mini sledge for 20 years and its been through hell. Since I bought this hammer I have broken 3 Estwing brick layers, 2 crowbars, and several chisels. This hammer has been laying in water, mud, misplaced, and has smashed through literally several tons of rock. I cant believe I haven't lost it or it hasn't broke in half by now. Take a look at your weapons of geology and see if there is one in your arsenal that has defied the odds. SHOW US YOUR WEAPON.
  15. Sagebrush Steve

    Paleo Pick question

    Just got my new paleo pick in time for my next expedition. In reading through the warning label on the handle, I just have one question. Which side is the hammer side?
  16. Been using a cheap hammer from the start, it has been good but not sure if I'm missing out on quality of some breaks or not ? Eastwing seem popular and expensive but they do look like would do a good job, any recommendations ? Thanks.
  17. As spring approaches, I'm preparing my shopping list for new tools to integrate into the fossil kit. Among one of the tools I'll be trying will be the use of a steel wedge for shale slab removal as opposed to my usual practice of using chisels, 4lb sledge, and pry bars (does anyone else get as excited as I do going tool shopping?). I have been looking at wedges, particularly an Estwing one that has two sections that flare out. All the wedges are listed for log splitting, but I remember seeing one collector at Penn Dixie use a wedge to remove slabs to some good effect. What I was t
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