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Best Rock Pick or Rock Hammer

Updated on April 16, 2013

Best Rock Hammer for Professional and Amateur Paleontologist, Geologists and Rockhounds

Looking for a rock hammer or rock pick for amateur or professional use? This buying guide will help you choose the right rock hammer for your use. Whether you are a professional paleontologist, archaeologist or geologist or an amateur rockhound we'll make sure you get the right tool for the job and at a great price.

Rock picks are often referred to as rock hammers or geology hammers Rock hammers are used in professional geology and paleontology field work to break apart rocks when fossil hunting or looking for interesting rock specimens. If you pick the right hammer as a student it should last you decades of field work.

Rock hammers are also used in open cast gold-mining (good luck!).

Best Rock Hammer: Estwing E30 Leather Grip Pointed Tip Rock Pick 22oz - Our top pick (he, he)

This rock hammer from industry leaders Estwing is our top recommendation for professionals and amateurs alike. These picks perform brilliantly and they last, many owners have had their Estwing for decades. A cheaper pick is unlikely to perform as well and will probably need replacing much sooner which is false economy. And the leather handle makes it a pleasure to use (if you want to avoid leather then there are more choices below.)

Choose this one as a luxury gift to an aspiring or long-term rock hound.

Estwing Rock Pick - 22 oz Geological Hammer with Pointed Tip & Genuine Leather Grip - E30
Estwing Rock Pick - 22 oz Geological Hammer with Pointed Tip & Genuine Leather Grip - E30

The Estwing E30 is a classic. Professors who have had their trusty pick for year recommend it to their students.

The E30 is 13 inches long (the head is 7 inches) and weighs 1 lb 14 oz.

The weight and the solid steel construction of the head give it a sturdy feel.

SeeEstwing E30 22Oz reviews


Most Popular Rock Hammer: Estwing E3-22P 22-Ounce Rock Pick

This is the most popular rock hammer. If the leather handled rock hammer isn't to your taste or budget then this is a cheaper option with the same functionality and a nylon grip.

This is the option to go for if you want to get quality on a budget. Choose something too cheap and you'll regret it, but this is a high quality solid performer.

The Estwing E3-22P makes a great gift for a geology student or interested amateur.

Estwing Rock Pick - 22 oz Geological Hammer with Pointed Tip & Shock Reduction Grip - E3-22P
Estwing Rock Pick - 22 oz Geological Hammer with Pointed Tip & Shock Reduction Grip - E3-22P

Use this pick to split rocks apart (don't forget eye protection) and to prise rocks from their surroundings.

A key feature of this pick is the head and handle which are forged as a single piece which adds strength and longevity to the tool.

See Estwing E3-22P reviews.


Rock Hammer Kit - Geology Starter Set

Estwing Pointed-Tip Rock Hammer Set (22 oz Nylon Handle)
Estwing Pointed-Tip Rock Hammer Set (22 oz Nylon Handle)

This is a great starter set for professional and amateur geologists and rockhounds. It includes the Estwing Supreme 22oz Pointed Tip Rock Hammer so it's a great way to build a quality set of tools.


Estwing Rock Chisels - 12 inch, 9 inch, 8 inch, 7 inch

The Estwing Rock chisel is another essential for your geology field kit. Comes in a range of sizes from 7 inch to 12 inch.

Estwing Rock Hammers on eBay

It's worth checking eBay to see if you can pick up a bargain Estwing rock pick. You can also get a good idea how long these hammers last for. Some of the ones for sale have been well used and are still going strong.

Vintage Estwing Rock Hammers on eBay

You can often pick up a vintage Estwing rock hammer on eBay - this shows how well they last!


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      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      OldStones LM 

      7 years ago

      I've had my E3 22 for 30 years +/-. Great Hammer Great Lens

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      7 years ago

      Try the blue rubber Estwing, it is the most durable.

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      7 years ago

      Try the blue rubber Estwing, it is the most durable.


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