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The E3-22P: Estwing’s famous rock hammer

The E3-22P: Estwing’s famous rock hammer

People often write to us with the question: What rock hammer should I buy? Well, I say, what do you need the hammer for? Are you an Earth Scientist? A geologist? A mineral collector? Obviously, the best type of rock hammer for you comes down to function.

There are a few heavy hitting rock hammers out there (pun intended!), but if you are looking for one of the most versatile and popular rock hammers going around, you just can’t go past the E3-22P pick-end rock hammer by Estwing. Why? It’s just awesome.

Estwing rock hammers

Estwing rock hammers

Not too heavy, not too light, the E3-22P is incredibly well-balanced and weighted, suitable for most hitters. I definitely recommend it for adults rather than kids. Estwing does have a great range of rock hammers better suited for lighter hitters though- you can check them out here.

Like all of Estwing’s rock hammers and geo picks, the E3-22P is constructed from a single piece of drop-forged steel, ensuring that the hammer is built to last. It comes with Estwing’s patented shock resistant grip so that you know that you are going to have a vibration-free strike every time.

This is one of those rock hammers that we would recommend for the geologists out there. In fact, it’s one of the the real standards for nearly all students and professionals within the Earth Sciences. The construction is brilliant, they’re incredibly reliable, and we recommend them hands-down. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Estwing’s range of rock hammers too.

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Dr G

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Our Dr G (Dr Gilbert Price) established Dig It Up in 2010. A palaeontologist with over 15 years experience, Dr G’s wealth of knowledge and know-how in archaeology and geology tools and equipment is second-to-none.

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9 Responses to “The E3-22P: Estwing’s famous rock hammer”

  1. Richard Philips says:

    What rock hammer would your recommend for a palaeontology student? Some of the rocks that I deal with are either laminated (like finely-laminated shales) or more massive and crystalline. Would kind of hammer would be best out of pick-end or chisel-end models?

  2. Dr G says:

    Hi Richard,
    My advice would be to get one of each- that is, a chisel-end and a pick-end rock hammer. I know that it’ll cost you a little extra, but both will serve you very well. The chisel-end will be perfect for those shales; the pick-end is the hammer of choice for those tougher rocks. Hope that helps!
    Dr G.

  3. Kris says:

    Thanks Dr G! I’ve been looking for a good geo pick for a while now so thanks for the blog! Quick question though- for a newbie (1st year, second semester undergrad student) what would be a better hammer to go for out of the short handle rock hammer (this one) or the long handle version?

  4. Dr G says:

    Hi Kris,
    Like the message above, I guess that it depends on what you want to use it for. First up, I would lean towards a pick-end rock hammer / geo pick for geology students (assuming you are one, of course!). For the short-handle vs long-handle rock hammer, I would recommend the E3-22P (short) for the regular user; the E3-22LP (long-handle) is better for the heavier hitters amongst us- it’s longer, so you’ve got greater prizing/leverage ability, but it also means that it’s a bit heavier (900g vs 1100g, respectively for the short and long-handle models). You can check out the full range of hammers here:
    Hope that helps, and best of luck!
    Dr G.

  5. Dr G says:

    Ps. we’ve got more info on the rock hammers here:
    Dr G :)

  6. Kris says:

    Awesome! Definitely getting one for my degree!

  7. Rock Machine says:

    Coolio. Me want.

  8. Kayla says:

    Looks like a good hammer. what sort of delivery service do you have to Melbourne?