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Rock Hammers

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Geologists and rockhounds have several different rock hammers to choose from. One is usually enough for a day trip—the right one. Suitable hammers can be found in most large hardware stores, although they may not be labeled as rock hammers. For many users, these are all they need for a lifetime.

Hammers of higher quality and different designs are available from specialty manufacturers and dealers. Heavy users, people with unusual physiques, rockhounds who want a wide choice of options and someone looking for a special present should seek these out, but most people don't need a premium tool. The important thing is never to use a carpenter's hammer and avoid cheap, offbrand tools from discount stores. These can be made of soft or poorly tempered metal that may splinter or bend in heavy use, endangering the user and anyone standing nearby. And cheap materials in the handle may strain the arm and wrist, perform poorly when wet or turn crumbly after long sun exposure.

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The usual geologist's hammerGeologist or Prospector's HammerThe fossil hunter's hammerChisel, Mason's or Bricklayer's HammerA versatile hammerCross-Peen Crack HammerSuited for prospectingChisel-Tip Rock Pick

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