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Fossil Hunting Tools for Beginners

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DinoXChris

Hey everyone, what are the standard tools for fossil hunting? I'm guessing a hammer and chisel. Are there any preferred brands? How about videos for teaching newbies how to use this stuff?

 

Best,

 Chris

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facehugger

A strong flathead screwdriver is sufficient for many jobs...

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Fossildude19

Moved to COLLECTING GEAR.

 

Please have a look through this sub-forum, as you are not the first person to ask this. ;) 

It's been answered many times before, over the 12 years the Forum has been up. :)  

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caldigger

If I may make a suggestion...

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DinoXChris
18 hours ago, caldigger said:

If I may make a suggestion...

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I'll keep that in mind next time I'm at Home Depot.

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DinoXChris
5 hours ago, facehugger said:

A strong flathead screwdriver is sufficient for many jobs...

Thanks.

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Mark Kmiecik
2 hours ago, caldigger said:

If I may make a suggestion...

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Especially good for collecting forams. A lifetime supply in every scoop. But seriously, a rock hammer and a large long screwdriver should do the trick.

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JohnBrewer

Protective eyeglasses!

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Sagebrush Steve

Here is one thread you may find useful.  Scroll down the first page to see version 3 of the list.  More here than a beginner will need for many hunts but less than you will need for others.  For example, this is not the list to use if you are going to search for shark teeth in the Peace River.  As others have said, read through this forum and create a set of tools that works best for the kind of hunting you will do.

 

 

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DPS Ammonite

Start by getting a geological hammer; then get assorted chisels. A pick end Estwing is the most popular hammer amongst professional geologists, and rock and fossil enthusiasts. I like the slightly heavier models which might substitute for a small crack hammer. See this model: E6 24C  https://www.amazon.com/Estwing-Rock-Pick-Geological-Reduction/dp/B00DT0OZS6

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Mark Kmiecik

I forgot to mention a hard hat if you'll be hunting rock exposures that have overhangs. Getting hit in the head with a rock is never pleasant.

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