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Below you will find various tools that may be helpful in you quest to find some awesome fossils. Depending on your collecting area different types of tools might be required. Click on any image of a tool to be taken to where you can price them out and purchase them.

Rock Hammers

Every fossil hunter needs a rock pick to assist with the extractions of fossils. There are two kinds I use, pointed and chisel edge, both server their own purpose. The pointed hammer is much better suited for digging in softer material. The chisel edge is what you are looking for if you are planning on splitting items such as nodules or shale


You can never go with out a good rake for any type of fossil hunting. If you are beach collecting a steel garden rake can be used to rake the hash line on the beach and can produce some pretty good results. You can get even better results by crafting a basket made of screen to the back of the rake and you now have a mobile sift for working the tide line or sifting the bottom of creeks and rivers. If you are going to be land collecting it can be a tad bit harder to rake clay so a much firmer rake with fewer teeth should be used. My all time favorite would be the collapsible rake\hoe combo. You can use the rake end to not only rake but to flip over rocks and clay bloders as well. The hole end can be used as a tooth scoop to stop you from having to bend down again and again. The collapsible handle allows for easy storage and the rake end, when collapsed, can be used like a rock pick on softer materials


Digging anything and you need a shovel, many types for many purposes. Long handles for digging deep in rivers, short handle for digging in cramped spaces and the trusted foldable shovel for placing the backpack. The only recommendation I will make here is if looking for a shovel for sieving in the water for larger teeth go ahead and get one with holes in it. This way each time you lift the shovel out of the water, excess sedimet will go through the holes in the shovel and basically pre sift for you.


There are many different types of sifters that can be used while fossil collecting. In the field you can opt for the standard square of some type with screen or some type of basket rake. If you want to walk distance and screen go with the basket rake, if you planning on being in a creek or river I would recommend a regular square sifter. You also should have some small hand sifts, not just for at the beach but also at home while screening for micro teeth

Sand Dippers

For those beach collectors who are either trying to save their back or too lazy to bend to over, you have sand dippers. These tools are excelent foor scooping teeth off the sandy beaches while fossil collecting.