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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST GEOLOGIST'S HAMMER

The first choice is the one that will be remembered for a very long time.
It is difficult to choose and to decide.

Estwing is the favorite brand of amateur and professional geologists

The essential criteria of a geology hammer are robustness and comfort of handling.
Estwing tools are all made with a high carbon steel material ensuring them great strength and durability. Estwing hammers are well balanced for ideal hitting comfort.

The criteria to take into account when choosing your first best hammer.
- The shape of the head . A spike or chisel hammer?
- The weight of the hammer. Depending on the age of the future prospector, the hammer may be more or less heavy.

- Channel leather or vinyl?

Let's find out about these three criteria.

  • Head shape : The 'flat and point' is recommended for hard crystalline soils while the 'flat and chisel' is better suited to fairly soft sedimentary soils. The chisel is more suitable for directing a crack than a point. Be careful not to use the hammer as a crowbar!
    The chisel hammer is also called the screed hammer.

  • Weight and length of the hammer , The heavier the hammer the harder it will strike but the more difficult it will be to carry it on excursions.
    The longer the hammer, the harder it will also strike, but you will have less precision on the location of the strike. One of the determining factors of the weight is the age of the prospector .

  • Handle Estwing offers two types of handle: Vinyl or leather.
    The vinyl handle is equipped with the shock reduction system which makes typing pleasant.
    The vinyl handle allows a good non-slip grip.
    The handle made of polished, varnished and riveted leather washers makes the perfect gift.
    The leather handle brings aesthetics in addition to strength, durability and balance.

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After these general considerations: Let's choose the hammer:

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- Person's age:

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Other advice Go see the blog page " how to choose a geology tool "

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Some examples of geological hammers and picks, examples of hammers and chisels, and the various types of panning for gold.

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The basic hammers for the geologist:

: One of these hammers is the starting one ... it will follow you all your life. You can buy more, but one of these is essential. The same hammer available in several versions, vinyl handle with shock reducer or luxury leather handle.

La référence en marteau de Géologie le E3-22P par Estwing
Marteau de Géologie le EO-22P Estwing l'Inoubliable avec son manche Orange
Marteau Estwing E30, Le luxe à portée de main

Peak hammer E3-22P the reference

900g tip hammer,
Blue vinyl handle.

Hammer EO-22P the same

than the E3-22P but unforgettable
with its orange handle

E30 Always the same hammer

but with handle made of leather rings, crimped varnished.

Estwing E30SE, série spéciale de marteau d'exception

The E30SE Hammer luxury always
with handle made of crimped, varnished leather rods.

Geology hammers for specific uses ...

always beautiful, stylish hammers, vinyl or leather handles to solve all your problems.

Marteau à pointe E3-14P léger

Lightweight E3-14P Point Hammer

A big hammer for a child
600g only but of quality.

Marteau Estwing E3-23LP manche long Vinyle

Long handle hammer E3-23LP

Point, 42 cm vinyl handle
Weight 1kg, powerful strike

Marteau de géologie Estwing "BIG BLUE" E6-24PC

Big blue hammer E6-24PC

New series hammer with point
Head heavy 675g, total 900g

E3-WC - Marteau de géologue Pointe et tranchant. Manche vinyle

E3-WC - Geologist's hammer

Point and sharp. Vinyl handle
Weight 650g length 28 cm.

Marteau égrisseur Estwing

E3-20PC Geology Hammer

Several hammers with different head weights. Vinyl handle.

Marteau égriseur big-Blue E6-22BLC

Big-Blue E6-22BLC Chipping Hammer

A powerful hammer from the new range. Vinyl handle.

Estwing GP100 Pickaxe

Lightweight-durable-aesthetic blue GP100 pickaxe.

Pioche Estwing Burpee Pick: BP500

Burpee Pick: BP500

Geologist's pickaxe with vinyl handle.

Massettes and geology chisels:

For the geologist or the researcher-collector of minerals the chisel and the hammer are essential.
When the rock is hard; there are 4 chisels at Estwing to get out of all situations.
Many mallets will allow you to strike hard on these rock chisels.

Burins à pointe ou à ciseau Estwing

Four Estwing ERC-7C chisels,
ERC-8C, ERC-9C, ERC-12C

Pointed or chisel chisels.

Massette Estwing manche vinyle

Estwing mallets B3-3LB

Various weight and length of
mallets, vinyl handle.

Marteau-masse Estwing de 1,6 kg,  E6-48E

1.6 kg Estwing hammer,

E6-48E - Heavy geology sledge long handle vinyl handle

Barre à mines Estwing GP18

Estwing GP18 mine bar

To leverage to pull your minerals, light bar

Research by heavy metal geologist:

Panning for gold on water points makes it possible to search for and collect gold and heavy metals.
Different dimensions and materials.

Bâtées plastique Estwing
Les "escaliers" appelés riffles permettent de retenir l'or
bâtées métal Estwing

Estwing: beauty, efficiency, durability, balance.


The most durable hand tools have been made since 1923 by the Estwing family.
Estwing equipment ... a quality reference for geologist tools,
The tools are forged in one piece from very high quality steel. The molded nylon or crimped leather handles are made by a process that allows for a very long service life.

All tools with nylon handles are now produced with the new Estwing shockproof system. The reduction of vibrations due to impacts and transmitted in the handles of the tools is the best solution on the market.